Makeup gift sets for Christmas – MAC, Real Techniques, & Benefit

The Christmas season is fast approaching, and whilst some people have been shopping for months, others (me) leave it a bit later. The same goes for my gift guides – better late than never! I don’t typically write gift guides, because I find it hard enough to buy for my friends and family, let alone make suggestions for other people. However, I’ve been sent a number of press releases about some cool Christmas gift sets that I wanted to draw people’s attention to. Either you can buy them as gifts, or you can use this as a guide to shopping for yourself. The brands included in this post are MAC Cosmetics, Real Techniques, and Benefit Cosmetics – keep reading for more information.

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel and Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel – review & giveaway!

Washing makeup brushes is a chore that I typically put off until it can’t wait any longer. What that means is by the time I do wash them, the generally need a pretty deep clean. This is where the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel comes to the rescue! I have been using it to clean my brushes and sponges for the last little while and today I have a review of how well the gel works, as well as a giveaway!


MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC Cosmetics have kicked off 2016 with their new Faerie Whispers limited edition collection, and I have been sent some of their products to review for you all! “Let your innocence roam free. Transcend seasons with charmed hues inspired by the secret wondrous world of fairies. Eyes flutter impishly in new Foiled Shadows, in luminous wet or dry shades that flicker like morning mist. Feathery pinks for cheeks brighten the day, imbuing you with a spritely glow. Case a spell with rosy metallics for nails and pearl-lit nudes for lips, spinning glamour ‘til the moon turns to sun.” Keep reading for a closer look at the products that I’ve been sent, and my thoughts on each of them.

Bdellium 778, 763, 766 - Lena Talks Beauty

Bdellium Tools Brushes

Eyeshadow application is something that I’m always trying to improve on, and good brushes seem to be a key component for that. I have heard that Bdellium Tools make great brushes so I ordered some from They are the 778 Large Shadow brush, 763 Angled Brow Brush, and 766 Angled Shadow brush and in this post I’ll be showing how they look, and reviewing how well they perform.

Makeup brushes for the face

It recently occurred to me that whilst I have waxed lyrical about every makeup item I own, I haven’t written very much about the brushes that I use to apply it with! Well, that changes today, I’m going to share what some of my favourite makeup brushes are. I use brushes from a wide variety of brands, and the majority are from fairly affordable brands such as Eco Tools and Real Techniques. I’ve decided to split this into two different posts because otherwise it would be an excessively long, so today is all about the FACE.

Bossy Brush Cleansing Kit

I’ll be honest with you readers, and say that I wash my makeup brushes less frequently than I should. It’s such a hassle, and I’m inherently a bit lazy. I was overdue for a brush cleaning session, and then Bossy Cosmetics sent me their Brush Cleansing Kit*, and the novelty of a new product outweighed my laziness. The Bossy Makeup Brush Cleansing Kit contains a silicone brush cleansing pad and a brush shampoo, and it promises to be a quick easy way to clean makeup brushes, which was very appealing to me.

How to clean your makeup brushes

Good morning everyone – my brushes were due for a clean, so I took some photos while doing so, and have written a guide to how I like to clean my brushes. It’s important to do it regularly, to prevent too much product build up and to keep them free of bacteria. I have a a couple of different methods and products that I use to clean my brushes, depending on what they’re used for, and how dirty they are.Before we get started though, a disclaimer  – I have used both these methods many times on my own brushes and it has been great, but I only have synthetic brushes so I have no idea if it’s suitable to do this with animal hair brushes. To clean eyeshadow brushes between use I use Artiste Brush Cleaner, but don’t bother buying it – all it is is isopropyl alcohol and some fragrance. You could just buy some isopropyl alcohol at the chemist and put it in a spray bottle. Isopropyl alcohol is great for spot cleaning, because it kills most bacteria, and it evaporates quickly. To use it, I spray a bit onto a paper towel, and then rub my brush back and forth over the patch. This […]