Monday, 21 July 2014

My Most Used Real Techniques Brushes

Since starting my blog I have pretty much transformed the way that I apply my make up. To think I just used to apply my foundation with my fingers and eye shadows with those little spongy applicators is a bit horrifying, anyway let’s not think about those dark days and focus on what I use today.
Make up brushes can be expensive. I for one was shocked when I found that one single brush can cost at least £20 so when the Real Techniques Brushes came on the scene with great review after great review I knew these were the ones for me.  

First of all I love that they are colour coded, Yellow for complexion, Pink for finish, purple for eyes and White are the duo fibre range. They also state on them what they are for so no faffing around looking for your 578754 brush, maybe it’s just me but I just find numbers a bit off putting.

So here are my top picks:
Duo Fibre Face Brush: this feels so soft! I use this to apply my powder and set my foundation and concealer. I don’t like a heavy, cakey look so using this gives me the light coverage I require to matte my oily areas and still leaving a natural finish.

Buffing Brush: this is the most amazing brush to apply your foundation with. It effortlessly buffs your foundation evenly into the skin leaving no streaks. You are guaranteed a flawless finish with this.

Blush Brush: I've never had a brush that is shaped like this before and it seriously feels like it was made for my cheeks. I'm sure it does this for most people haha, but the angle is perfect for adding that rosy glow and is so easy to blend, it never seems to grab too much product.

Brow Brush: I used this as you would expect, to define my brows. I like how easy this brush makes it to get the desired precision looking brows.

I use these brushes on a daily basis and haven’t yet found the need to purchase higher end set.

Are you a fan of Real Techniques? What brushes do you to apply your make up?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Mexican Adventures: Dolphins, Mayan Ruins and Nachos

The last of my holiday posts today and this one is all about the day trips we went on. As we stayed at the Hard Rock, included in our package was credits to put towards trips so we got them at a really good discount.
First up is the Mayan Ruins. This place was incredible I found this place so interesting, basically the 'pyramid is one big calendar and clock. Whoever designed this was so intelligent it's a shame we don't build things like this now! 
Making friends with the locals! I was so burnt this day from the pool day we had the day before hence the t-shirt.
You kind of got used to the lizards walking around!
On the way back we travelled through some little villages
There were so many little stalls full of hand crafted bits!
This cart was waiting out side a church fro a couple who had just got married!
The next day we went on a boat trip to Isla Mujeres which had all iclusive food and drink included...go on then!
Apparently this is Ricky Martins House...
The harbour was only a 20 minute walk from our hotel so a couple of times we decided to have a walk up and do some shopping. we found the cutest little bar called the Taco and Tequila which did the most incredible nachos!
Oh and the Cookie Monster was there too
Last but not least was swimming with the dolphins, a life long dream of mine and you can pretty much see from the photos how happy I was!
So that's my Mexican dream over, hands down the best holiday I have ever had, I'm not sure anywhere will beat it but we will sure has hell have fun trying!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mexican Adventures: Xcaret

When I think of paradise I picture white sand clear waters and a gorgeous blue sky. Well if you have the same image as me then Xcaret is the place for you! Xcaret is a natural Sanctuary and this was one of the excursions on our recent Mexico holiday that I was most looking forward to and it really didn't disappoint.
We started off snorkelling through  the underground rivers, the water was so clear and it was so peaceful swimming amongst the fishes.
The Tortoise were huge!! we were lucky we got to touch these while taking part on the under water sea trek, I had no idea they could be so big!
There were so many animals and it was nice to see them in open natural surroundings.
The bit we were most excited about was swimming with sharks! My boyfriend is a big fan of the film Jaws and I think that it made him quite nervous. I never imagined this would be something I would do but it was an amazing experience, they are such powerful creatures so I'm glad I lived to tell the tale!
Obviously I had to include some lunch pictures. There were a few restaurants to choose from but our coach driver recommended the Mexican restaurant so we took his advice and it was delicious!
They also did super sized bottles of Corona for $8 which made dean rather happy. If only it were that cheap in England!
We were so exhausted by the end of the day but it was totally worth it, I've never seen anywhere as beautiful and it will definitely take some beating. Take me back!!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Dress: Primark Bag: New Look Shoes: Duo Boots*
I feel Like since coming back from my holiday I have been a bit more confident getting my legs out, you may be looking at these photos thinking I'm still a relative of Caspar the Friendly ghost but believe me this is me with some colour! Anyway being in England you have to make the most of these sunny days when you can and today is the perfect day for a sun dress.
Wearing a pretty dress in the day makes me feel super girly so whenever I can I like to try and add in an item which gives my look of edge and I think these gorgeous ankle boots from Duo Boots do just that.
Being quite tall I don't really wear heels as much as I would like, or as much as my boyfriend would like me to but these mid chunky heels are a nice compromise and they don't have me moaning every five minutes that my feet hurt! They also make me feel a bit western and who secretly doesn't want to be a cowgirl?

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