Real Techniques PowderBleu Makeup Brushes

Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection

Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection

Real Techniques have really expanded their brush range over the past couple of years and they cater for all of your makeup brush needs (and wants). Everything from mini travel brushes & makeup sponges to more luxurious, pretty brushes. I’ve never tried a brush from Real Techniques that I didn’t like, their products are always fantastic quality and I love that they release limited edition and fun collections throughout the year. I’m a sucker for a limited collection.

I’ve been trying a selection of brushes from the recent Powderbleu Collection made with FauxBleu synthetic bristles which are meant to perform as well as the infamous Blue Squirrel haired brushes which were so prestigious within the makeup industry. All of the brushes are incredibly soft but I have to mention how nice the handles are. They are a blue ombre and I just love the blue hues in this collection, the colour looks incredibly luxurious and gives me those old Hollywood vibes. I think it is the mix of deep blue and gold touches. Very glamorous! The handles are long, quite slim and taper to a point which makes them very ergonomic to hold and use.

Beautiful Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

B01 Soft Powder Brush £22.00

This is a huge soft but dense powder brush that tapers at the top. It is like a much bigger version of the Soft Finishing brush. I like to use this to apply my finishing powder on top of my foundation. This picks up powder so well and is so light to sweep across my skin without disturbing my base. It feels so soft against my skin and my powder has such a flawless finish when I use this. It is a lovely brush to have in my collection and I’ve used it every time I’ve worn makeup for the past 5 weeks.

B02 Soft Finishing Brush £22.00

Out of the four brushes that I have been testing this is the only one that shed any bristles and I was a little annoyed because it continued to shed even after I had washed it. This brush is domed and dense in shape and is designed to blend + buff powder foundation onto skin for buildable, shine-free coverage but I haven’t been using it for this purpose. I have instead found it really good at applying powder blusher and bronzer, it picks up a good amount of product and places it nicely on my cheekbones. Because it is slightly tapered at the end it means you get a higher degree of accuracy when placing the product. I also use this brush to blend out the blush/bronzer so it looks subtle and seamless.

Powderbleu Makeup Brushes

B03 Soft Complexion Brush £22.00

This is a wonderful brush for applying powder foundation, I have really been getting into mineral foundations this past 18 months, and I’ve almost always applied them with a standard kabuki brush which works well. This Soft Complexion Brush has a smaller, denser head which makes buffing in the powder so much more effective. I also find having the long handle of a brush over the stubbiness of the kabuki brush easier to use and it’s easier to lightly apply my foundation and really buff it in giving me a soft focus finish.

B04 Soft Shadow Brush £15.00

The tapered, precision head of the Soft Shadow Brush makes it the perfect shape to layer and blend powder shadows for a naturally diffused look. It is incredibly soft and it blends out your eyeshadow with ease. I would say out of the four brushes I have tried from this collection this is one I have used the most. Not only for creating beautiful soft eye looks but also for applying touches of highlighter to the areas you only want to place a subtle glow, like down the nose, brow bone and cupids bow. It is a lovely multi-use brush and I always say you can never have too many blending brushes in your collection, they always see so much use.

All brushes in this PowderBleu Collection are

  • Synthetic  FauxBleu™ Technology Bristles
  • Easy Clean
  • Long Lasting

I received the PowderBleu Brushes complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own and completely honest.

Baylis & Harding Gift Ideas

Baylis & Harding Gift Ideas

Baylis & Harding Gift Ideas

Even if you’re shopping at the very last minute for Mother’s Day gifts, don’t worry that’s the fantastic thing about Baylis & Harding it’s readily available in most supermarkets. So if you’re still looking for a lovely gift or something else to add to your Mother’s Day surprise when you can still pop in and grab one of the gorgeous Baylis & Harding Gift Sets. They have quite a few to choose from this year, the two I am featuring are from the La Maison Linen Rose & Cotton Collection.

Baylis & Harding are a British family run business that specialises in stylish, designer-quality, luxury bath and body products that are affordable for everyone. Their products always make lovely, thoughtful gifts and I like that they’re available at a number of retailers. They make finding a gift for someone just that much easier.

Baylis Harding Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Baylis & Harding La Maison Linen Rose & Cotton Heart Gift Box

The first thing you notice about this set is that it comes packaged in the prettiest pale pink & silver heart shaped box, it looks super luxurious and feminine. This gift set comes with two pampering treats including a body cleanser & massage body balm lotion. This gift would be lovely for any Mum or loved one that likes to take a moment to themselves to relax and pamper. They have a pretty floral scent but the fresh cotton gives it a relaxing, fresh twist.

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BAYLIS AND HARDING LINEN ROSE AND COTTON

Baylis & Harding Linen Rose & Cotton Luxury Candles

This is a pretty set of three candles are infused with a subtle linen, rose and cotton scent. It is the perfect fresh but floral scent for Spring and this trio of candles come housed in a silver, pale pink and cream jars inside in a beautiful gift box. What a lovely way to treat your Mum this Sunday

Baylis & Harding have a huge selection of gifts available this Mother’s Day & they’re available in Tesco, Asda, Argos, House of Fraser, Superdrug and Amazon!

Molton Brown: The Patisserie Parlour Gourmand Collection

Limited Edition Molton Brown Gourmand Collections

Limited Edition Molton Brown Gourmand Collections

London’s fragrance experts Molton Brown have released a beautiful limited edition collection just in time for Mother’s Day. The Patisserie Parlour is made up of three Gourmand scents, including

  • Exquisite Vanilla and Violet Flower
  • Delicious Rhubarb and Rose
  • Comice Pear and Wild Honey

All three scents have been expertly crafted with the very best seasonal ingredients sourced from the English countryside, celebrating the brand’s proud British heritage.

Molton Brown The Patisserie Parlour Collection

I’ve been trying out the trio of hand creams from the Gourmand Collections that are available in a beautiful Spring Indulgences Hand Cream Gift Set£25. All three hand creams smell incredible and are perfect for Spring / Summer. This non-greasy formula feels very hydrating and leaves your hands feeling soft, smooth and comfortable. These 40ml sized tubes are an ideal size and will mean you will be able to leave one on your desk, by your bed and of course in your handbag.

So let Molton Brown take you on a journey through the English countryside this Spring.

Comice Pear & Wild Honey / London via Gloucestershire

‘An Orchard of pear trees, ripe with plump fruit. Rambling wildflowers scattered in the grass. The charming hum of honey bees. Melt into the warmth of sun-drenched English meadows.’

This has such a sweet, crisp scent and it very much reminds me of warm Summer evenings.

The fragrance opens with green leaves refreshed by hints of bergamot and layered with petals of gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine and lily of the valley, evolving into a base of mouth-watering honey, caramel and biscuit.

Molton Brown Hand Creams

Delicious Rhubarb and Rose / London via Yorkshire

‘A crimson summer tart. Freshly picked roses. Bowls of sugar, spice and all things nice. Treat your hands to a recipe of tart rhubarb with a citrus twist.’

This has a richly floral scent with a lovely zesty layer.

‘Rhubarb spikes a bitter top note assty fruits fizz with a citrus twist. These contrast with the sweetness of sugary tart in the base while gentle rose extract and vanilla bring to life the buttery pastry of dessert.’

Molton Brown The Patisserie Parlour Gourmand Collection

Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Hand Cream / London via Cornwall

‘A luxurious moisturising hand cream blended with white truffle extract and scented with floral notes of lily of the valley and magnolia.’

I live in Cornwall so I feel like this is the scent for me, it’s a pretty mix of Spring floral notes that are quite light but have a classic timelessness about them. This is going straight into my handbag.

This indulgent fragrance is blended with lily of the valley and star anise, enhanced by floral notes of magnolia and ylang-ylang for instant hydration. 

Why not Indulge your Mum with something from this limited edition Gourmand Collection, featuring a hand wash £18, hand lotion £23, hand cream £10 and a fantastic selection of gift sets available now at Molton Brown

Molton Brown is also stocked at John Lewis and larger Boots stores

•This post contains PR Samples.

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Youth Oil

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Youth Oil

Roses on Valentines Day doesn’t just have to mean flowers…..right!? Let me introduce to you to the beautiful Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil*, this is such a skincare treat.

I really enjoy using a facial oil in my skincare routine although I often think people are worried about oils leaving their skin too greasy or that they’re too heavy but there is a facial oil to suit all skin types and treat many skin concerns. I think it’s a step that everyone should introduce to their routine. Oils penetrate the skin at a deeper level than creams and are often a fantastic way of protecting skin against free radicals, give deeper hydration and rejuvenate dull complexions.

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil

I have been testing a beautiful Rose Quartz Oil from Skin Chemists and it has become a staple in my skincare routine as it is packed full of skin loving ingredients which are helping restore my natural healthy glow and leaves my skin feeling velvety soft.

The main active ingredients in the formulation are:

1) Rose Otto Oil helps to restore moisture balance in the skin. Its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties aim to repair and protect the skin, whilst firming and toning.
2) Vitamin E aims to reduce skin damage, whilst protecting against daily damage.
3) Almond Oil works to provide deep hydration and nourishment, brightening and renewing the appearance of the skin.

It is a lightweight feel, more like water than an oil, it is so nice to massage into the skin and I love the uplifting floral scent, it’s beautiful. I like to apply two or three drops to my skin in the evening and it helps me wake up with skin that looks well rested and refreshed. Although I do also like to add a drop to my moisturiser and apply after my serum in the morning because it adds just the little extra hydration to my skin. I like that it helps my makeup apply smoothly too. I think because of its light non-greasy consistency you can use this morning or night, or both!

It comes beautifully packaged in a bright pink box and inside is a simple glass bottle with a pipet dispenser. It feels luxurious and the fact the product has a pretty pink hue is nice too, feels very pretty.

So if you’re looking for a product to give your skin a boost of anti-oxidants, hydration and radiance then this is the product for you. Why not treat yourself this Valentines Day!

During the month of February, this Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil will be reduced from £99 to £24.99 which is an incredible saving & just for a little extra 20% off you can use my code LETSTALKBLOG which will make this oil just £19.99!

Make sure you check out the rest of the Rose Quartz Collection too as there are savings across the whole range!

*PR Sample