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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.

March and April empties

This post combines my empties from March and April, since I didn’t get the chance to write a post at the end of March. I finished or decided to throw away 9 different items over those two months, from makeup to skincare, haircare, body and more. The empties are from Models Prefer, Essence, Real Techniques, Za, La Roche-Posay, and Lush. Get ready for a long post, because I have a lot to say about them – maybe make yourself a cup of tea, I’ll be waiting right here.

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!

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Benefit High Beam

A year or so ago, I bought the Benefit High Beam highlighter. I thought it was really pretty, but I didn’t really know how to use it. You can use it by applying it directly to your cheekbones, but I have since developed a different method that I prefer. It gives me luminous skin without being excessively highlighted, even for a day-to-day wear. Keep reading to find out just what that method is…

Eye makeup brushes

Last week I wrote about the makeup brushes that I use for my face, and today I’m continuing this series with writing about the brushes I use for eye makeup. (Does it count as a series if it’s two posts? I’m not sure) As with my face brushes, my eye makeup brushes are from affordable brands such as Real Techniques, Eco Tools, and Carousel Cosmetics. I am on a reasonably tight budget, but I’m so satisfied with these that even if I had more money available I can’t see myself spending a lot more on brushes. I like to have a lot of eyeshadow brushes so I don’t have to wash them all the time, and I can do that by sticking to cheaper brands.

Outtakes

My recently posted some outtakes from her blog photo sessions and I’ve decided to do the same. I take so many more photos than I ever actually use, and some of them are terrible, hilarious and a mixture of the two. I’ll link the actual blog posts also, in case these outtakes inspire you to see them properly. So, without further ado:   I was trying to keep my eyes wide open to demonstrate Benefit Roller Lash mascara but instead I just ended up looking very strange. For a better version, and a review of the mascara, click here.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

A next generation of cosmetic sponges have come around in the last few years, starting with the Beauty Blender which has lead to a number of ‘dupes’ or similar sponges being released. I have bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is a ‘3-in-1 multi-functional complexion sponge’. It has three different surfaces which have different functions, and they are all used to give your foundation a flawless finish.