Brush Lovin’: Japonesque

Hi lovelies, how you all holding up. Currently I am redecorating and juggling a new job whilst guilt eats away at me due to not blogging as often as possible. However hopefully all will turn out okay, and I will have a newly decorated room as a backdrop for pictures I post on here. I thought for today’s post I would share with you brushes I’m currently using and loving. 

As you can see, the brand of brushes I’ve been playing around with for the past few months is Japonesque. Japonesque was brand I pretty much never heard of until I spotted a few of their brushes in my local Boots. I’ve gone on to discover much more from the brand, you can read about one of my amazing slash life changing discoveries [here]. I have two full sized brushes from the brand and three travel size brushes. I’m not much of a foundation user, so I probably haven’t used the Pro Angled Foundation brush enough to give you a full in depth review of it, however I’ve not had an issue with it the amount of times I have tried it. The bristles are firm and spread foundation evenly, and I think I prefer the angled tip over rounded tip as it meant I was able to get underneath my eyes and sides of nose (basically all the difficult areas) really comfortably. I like to give honest and reliable reviews to you all, so I really can’t say much more on the brush with such little use. However maybe when I do start getting a bit more use, I shall let you know.

The full size Pro Finishing Fan brush however is a brush I’ve been thoroughly using to apply highlighter to the top of my cheekbones almost every day. I’ve recently found myself using highlighter much more than usual, and it’s become an every day necessity for me. This brush is perfect for applying it with, and the bristles are good for not packing on too much product and making me look like a clown. I personally think this brush has been perfect for shimmers and also loose translucent powder to take the shine away! The third brush is the travel size Lux Bronzer brush. I wouldn’t necessarily say its perfect for sculpting with your bronzer, however it is perfect if your going for the bronzed, just tanned look. I for one am tan enough as it is, and prefer to sculpt instead. However saying that, this brush is SO GOOD for blending out harsh lines that sometimes sculpting your face can leave and also when I find I’ve been heavy handed with the blusher/bronzer, I just pack in some translucent powder into the brush and swirl it on. I find that helps tone it down quite a bit making this a very handy brush.
I thought you might like a closer look at my favourite brushes from Japonesque, and I’ve tried to make it a bit easier for you to do so. I hope you like the picture below!

This is the travel size Blush brush, and without doubt my favourite from all the brushes. I use this so often so applying blush, powder and umm more blush? I love how soft the bristles are and how nicely the bristle deposit colour on my cheeks. I honestly have no idea how brush technology works, and won’t attempt to understand it however whatever they are doing with this brush they should do it to all! I’m not one to rave about a product unless I really do love it and I do love this little beauty. Also, I love the fact that it is travel size, I’m not too much of a fan of full size brushes, I don’t know why but I guess I’m just not. I find travel size ones are much more handy and easier to use and of course perfect for travel. If I haven’t stressed enough I absolutely adore this. I need to get more!

This is another firm favourite of mine, but not as much as the Blush brush. I introduce you to the travel Smudger brush, the first of its kind I have tried. Of course it comes in a really handy size but more than that, it helps make the ultimate smokey eye look perfect. I love a good smokey eye, it’s my most favourite eye makeup look to do but I do struggle to blend efficiently along the bottom lash line. As I like to accentuate the bottom lash time with mascara, sometimes accidents do happen and you end up with a mascara smudge just below the lash line. This brush has helped save me from starting all over again and instead I just smudge, blend and smoke it out. It has become a staple in my smokey eye creation, and it’s bristles are small enough to ensure that when I do smoke it out I don’t end up like a drag queen.

My experience with Japonesque brushes has been great and now I have the urge to go and grab more from their brush range. I think I will be heading for the travel collection for my little hands however if your trying to find which range is perfect for you I would suggest trying both full and travel size just to see the difference. You can pick up Japonesque brushes and goodies from HQhair who I have just spotted have an offer on the UD Naked palette. Spend a £100 and you get one free! If I hadn’t already picked one up ages ago I would have done all my summer beauty shopping just then! (Lucky escape bank balance!) Until next time have a lovely week and I shall try fit you in between my redecorating! Tanzina x

Favourite Products of the Month: May

Hi lovelies, long time huh? I have been missing blogging quite a bit, and hate that life has been interfering with my blogging mojo! Although desperately late, I have decided to share with you my monthly favourites. Please ignore how dirty it is (no, I don’t mean it like that silly, tut!)

I have been absolutely loving my Real Technique brushes, which I have found to be an absolute godsend. They are so soft, practical and travel friendly and are fully worthy of being my monthly favourite. I absolutely love the brushes and the case it comes with as I find I can pack all my every day brushes into one case and travel back and forth from London with my brushes falling all over my suitcase.

I have two sets from the Real Technique brush collection, and I find that they are the two perfect sets to get to become fully accustomed to the range. The bristles are synthetic, meaning they wash out easily and retain their shape well and the handles are really sturdy. I reach for these brushes every day. The brushes were another present I received on my birthday from my beautiful friends, Shanaz and Yasmin, who knew I was lusting over these brushes.

The first set I have is the Real Technique Core Collection which consists of four brushes. The brushes are: a detail brush (for concealing/small areas/lips), a pointed foundation brush, a buffing brush and also a contour blush. The pointed foundation brush is the one I use least as I’m not much of a foundation wearer however the other three I am definitely enjoying. I would say my favourite is definitely the contour brush, I absolutely love it and find it to be extremely soft. I use it to contour my cheeks and also apply blush and highlighter, and find myself reaching for it everyday. It is a clear winner in my eyes.

Sorry about the dirty one – but as you can tell, I do use it often

The second set I have is the Real Technique Starter Kit which consists of five brushes. The brushes are: an all over base eyeshadow brush, a crease brush, a small accent brush (for under the lash line), an eyeliner brush and a brow brush. I don’t get much use out of the eyeliner brush to be honest, as I use liquid eyeliner that comes with it’s own applicator. However I am starting to feel the urge to move on to gel eyeliner soon and think that the brush may come to be very useful. My favourite? Ah, that is really difficult to decide. I think it is probably the large base shadow brush, which I use for applying concealor and my Touche Eclat, it truly has changed concealor application for me and made it much easier. Also the brow brush, it’s helped make my brows look much more defined.

My most used brushes

I love how the brush sets aren’t just brush sets but also are accompanied by a good quality brush case. I also love how the brush case is not just a brush case and is also a brush stand! It houses my most used brushes so I can quickly grab them while the rest of my brushes live in their brush pot. That way I don’t need to go rooting for brushes and have them all ready for me in the case. Also, although now I am back for the summer, the case came very handy whilst travelling to and fro from London.

All in all, I am really impressed with the brush range bought to us by Samantha Chapman, and am tempted to pick up a few more brushes from the range. I know that they will last me a long time, especially as they don’t shed unlike some more expensive brushes I’ve picked up in the past. You can grab these from Boots and the sets cost £20.99 each. Sometimes there are 3 for 2 offers, so look out for those!

If you enjoyed reading- please follow on like via bloglovin/hellocotton. Thank you stars xx