Wednesday 3 May 2017


I bet you're all wondering what sort of brushes can do the same job as a £19 MAC 217 brush? Well, tune in to hear about a few of my favourites which retail at only £7.99 for 9!

I bought this set with 4 more (face) brushes which cost me £7.99 for the set, however, I've seen just the eyeshadow brush set for just under £5. Of course, the power of how the eyeshadow looks is in the hands of the person applying it, but brushes can speed up the process haha.

I personally love the brush on the far end on the right-hand side the most. It's my ultimate favourite eyeshadow brush and I use it daily without a fail. I've been wanting to get my hands on MAC's 217 for a very long time now but the price has always put me off; now these have gone up by whole £3 which is more than this set of 5 costs?! Absolutely ridiculous if you ask me... (Update 16/02/2021 - I have since bought 2 of the MAC 217 brushes as they are a m a z i n g)

I use the flat brush from this set to either blend out my crease or apply eyeshadow primer with. The pointy one is great for applying dark shadow in the crease as it doesn't let fallout drop everywhere and keeps the shadow in place instead of when using a fluffy brush. The other two - which are slanted, are great for blending shadows together. I personally prefer the 4th one (see the last pic) over the 2nd, but that's a personal preference.

It also depends on which eyeshadows you are using when creating a make-up look. I suggest you try these out with trusty shadows to test these out properly! In this post, you can see my Morphe eyeshadow palette which consists of a mixture of Morphe, NYX, and Makeup Geek shadows. You can read my '4 eyeshadow palettes you need in your life' post here.

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Have you tried cheap brushes which you swear by? Have you got any recommendations for good, affordable eyeshadow brushes?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Thursday 14 July 2016

Massive Drugstore Haul

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you're all looking forward to the weekend! I'm busy working and exercising, trying to get fitter before my holiday. Shall I do a post about my progress?

Anyway, I have recently splurged a LOT on makeup, both high-end and drugstore, but today I will share with you my drugstore buys.

I will link all products down below for you guys, and I won't go into much detail as I'd like to do full reviews, so if you'd like a review of a particular product then let me know down below in the comments section!

Let's get started!

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks in a pack of five £4.

Natural Collection Lipsticks and Eyeshadows, £1.99 each.

Shades: Hazelnut and Fig Leaf. 

Shades: Crushed Walnut, Willow and Milk Chocolate. (I have since then purchased another shade called Barley which is a warm gold colour)

Rose Gold Balmi, raspberry flavour. This was around £4 I believe as it was on offer.

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set, £19.99.

Primark and Sleek lipliners, and Essence waterline pencil.

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipsticks £3 each, in shades: Girls Best Friend, Diamond Life, Private Members Club and Red Carpet. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my hands on the nude shade, but hopefully, I'll add it to my collection soon!
Ultra Strobe Cream £8
Pro Go Brush Set £4.95

Primark Matte Lipstick £1.50

Concealer/Contour Palette £3.45 including a brush

Morphe Magnetic Palette with 7 inserts in shades: Creme Brûlée, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast at Tifanneez, Caffee Mochiato, Glow for Me, Toasted Hazelnut, and Rosewood.

Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Palette £10
Mermaids Forever Palette £8

Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and Pink Fizz Palettes. £8 each

The Make-up Revolution Chocolate Palettes have been on my wishlist for months now! I've been lusting over the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette but have settled for the cheaper alternative. you can never go wrong with Make-up Revolution 

Do you own any of the products mentioned above? Are any of them on your wishlist?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Tuesday 28 June 2016

2016 || May Favourites

Hi Lovelies! 

May was a crazy month for me. I had my end of year exams and the weather had its ups and downs. However, this does not mean that I didn't have any beauty favourites! This month I've mainly been loving Makeup Revolution products but I tried not to include too many haha!

The things I've been loving in May 2016:
-Makeup Revolution Salted Caramel Palette £8
-Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Cream £8
-Makeup Revolution Contour Kit £3.50
-MAC Paint Pot in Painterly £16
-MAC Brook Candy Edition Matte Lipstick in Whirl £17

What have you loved in May?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Thursday 7 April 2016

How I Clean My Make-up Brushes

Hi Everyone!

Who else finds washing their makeup brushes a chore? It takes sooo long to do and should be done more often than any of us wishes to admit. I personally clean my brushes at least once a month - yes I know it's not good enough but I never seem to find the time to clean them all! However I do switch up between brushes after one gets too dirty.

I usually clean them using MAC's Brush Cleanser which you can find here for £12. I've been using this for over a year now and I use up around 20ml each time for all of my brushes - and I do own around 50.

Firstly, I like to get organised and grab all the tools I will be needing before I get started. I usually get a small dish to put the cleanser in, and paper towels to rub the makeup off onto them.

So as you can see, I grab a dirty brush and soak it in the solution. I try to do this sparingly as too much solution will make the bristles become too coarse and sometimes it can get inside the handle and cause the glue to stop working resulting in the brush to come apart. And that is not what you want to happen, especially to expensive brushes!

After I dipped the brush in the solution, I swirl the brush onto the paper towel in circular motions until the brush has no product left in the bristles.

Ta-dah! Yes, it's that easy! However, if you don't feel like spending lots of money on special cleansers you can easily substitute it for a bit of washing up liquid or shampoo and then rinse it out under a running tap without allowing the water to soak up the whole brush.

I hope this helped! How do you wash your brushes?

Lots of love,
Maya xo
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