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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review

You knew this would be an Anastasia Beverly Hills product from the get-go, didn't you? Of course you did, she and the brand as a whole are synonymous with eyebrows and rightly so too - what ever your eyebrow woe or shade, Anastasia Beverly Hills has several products to lend a helping hand. As someone who is fairly new to the brow game, in that I've only really started paying the sparse hairs that adorn my forehead some attention in the last few months, and as such only really reach for simple yet effective products. No such brow pencil answers my pleas for easy brows other than the ever raved about Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review

The real magic of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil lies within the product rather than the packaging - yes it is pleasant enough: a slim black and gold printed, plastic wrapped pencil with a high quality spoolie at one end of the pencil. It manages to be both fairly basic and dare I say expected yet with a hint of luxury at the same time and yet that is not the point of this post.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review

The reason you should Google further swatches and colour match yourself to one of the many shades within the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil line up, is due to the super fine, easy to use nib. You'll be hard pushed to find anything smaller or more precise on the market; it may not be the most affordable brow product out there but it really does garner super natural results. The teeny-tiny brow crayon allows you to not only fill in even the most sparse of areas with laser-like exactness, all the while the pin sized head of the pencil to create fluffy, believable brow hairs. The waxy yet soft consistency of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil glides on to the skin, blends seamlessly and yet stays in place for up to 10 hours, and in all weather conditions too - you really couldn't ask for more.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil Review

But more is what you shall get. As a (bottle) blonde with naturally light brows, some shades aimed at fair haired gals and guys can either be too deep, too orange, too ashy or a combination of all three; both my sister and I have tried shades of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil suited to our hair colourings and agree there is very little comparable in terms of being natural - for the record she is a deep brunette with brows to match. After much consideration, I plumped for the lighter and slightly cooler of the blonde specific shades within the Brow Wiz family - taupe and consider it to be a perfect match. The light colour and formula allows me to build both the colour and intensity should I need to without my brows ever looking harsh or blocky and all without any skill on my part.

Blondes, brunettes, redheads and all that in-between you need to grab an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil and never let it go.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil £15.50 via Cult Beauty - link.


Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum Review

Yes I am the type of person that will gleefully match their fragrance to the city they are visiting - I have no shame and why not create a few memories, whilst trekking around a new and undiscovered city. Being one of the world's most dynamic cities there are of course several scents that use the city that never sleeps as an inspiration but very few capture the buzz and spirit of New York - in fact some are a little lazy and go with the obvious note of apple. Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum may not be the first choice for a city slicker or visitor to New York but it is one that any one who loves or dreams of New York needs to try out.

Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum Review
Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum Review

When I was first greeted with the slightly bold and dare I say eccentric packaging of Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum, I wasn't all that enamoured but after walking the streets of New York as an adult it all makes sense - the mis-matching, bright prints beautifully encapsulates not only the street art found on just about every corner but the diversity of the city and it's inhabitants too. Before we go any further I should really mention that I have never seen Sex in the City - I was too young when it initially launched and I've never really gave it a second thought since - so any Carrie references this bottle may be blantaly making is lost on me. Sorry.

As I've only ever experienced New York in the warm months of Summer I can't quite comment on how well, or true to New York, Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum would be come the chilly weather but for sun soaked days I can think of nothing more delightful. The packaging may hint at a deep, seductive and perhaps musky scent when it reality Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum is a light, airy, fruity floral with notes of notes of gardenia, honeysuckle, wild red strawberries, Italian mandarin and white osmanthus, and a hint of rum, mingled with the sensual undertones of sandalwood and musk. It smells like nothing else I own or have encountered thus far - yes the packaging may be a little garish but look beyond it, I promise Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum is not one to be missed.

Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Eau de Parfum £40/100ml - link.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Champagne Pop is all anyone can talk about - well as far as highlighters go anyway. As I am forever in search for the perfect glow inducing powder (that and I'm a beauty sheep), I of course purchased a pan of Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector and truthfully I wasn't all that blown away. Yes, the gilded gold shade is utterly beautiful but the yellow undertone doesn't seem to sit well on my somewhat sallow complexion - you can't win them all. If you aren't as enamoured as you hoped you would be with Champagne Pop, may I point you in the direction of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. Gah it is a beautiful, soft ivory shade that delivers an almost angelic glow (I say almost as I am a sinner and no amount of shimmer based powder will disguise this). You need, no you deserve Moonstone in your life and make-up bag.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

I can't be the only one who thinks the packaging for Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors is a little weird? It reminds me of a car tyre - alloys and all. On the plus side, despite being a large (about the size of the palm of my hand) and altogether flat pan, it is fairly robust and can survive even the bumpiest subway ride - yes I have city tested it for approval. What more could you ask for, or need to know about the packaging for that matter.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Yes Becca Champagne Pop is the most famous of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector range but there is a good few other shades to choose from - five others no less. As I live by the mantra of there is no such thing as too bright or bold a highlighter, the slightly intense tone of Becca Moonstone is all I look for in a highlighter and more. Due to Moonstone being pure shimmer based pigment it can translate a little chalky and stark before being fully blended into the skin - I would also avoid if you have a deep complexion for this reason and perhaps purchase Becca Opal or Rose Gold in it's place but if you have a light to medium complexion make sure you try this out at some point.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Moonstone is a light, bright, white-gold that features no traces of glitter, rather it translates to a soft, metallic almost cream finish on the skin. Yes it is bold (especially if you are a little heavy handed) but if you take the time to blend it fully into the skin, it can offer a soft, ethereal glow that photographs beautifully (nearly everyone on Instagram owns a Becca highlighter for this reason) and wears really well too. As a matter of a fact, it is one of the few highlighters I own that never looks greasy, regardless of how oily I may become over the day - if anything it works with my shiny complexion to make me seem more radiant than I truly am.

Opal, I'm coming for you next.

You can purchase all five shades of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors via Space.NK for £32 each - link.



My TePe Interdental Brush Experience

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Very recently my dentist introduced me to TePe Interdental Brushes - small, soft brushes that you use in place of dental floss. As a gappy toothed gal, food, bacteria and of course plaque does quickly gather in those spaces between my teeth and can often be left behind by regular brushing alone. Yes I do floss but I find that the TePe Interdental Brushes to not only be gentler and easier to use, but on the whole far more effective.

My TePe Interdental Brush Experience

You see unlike floss, Tepe realise that not all gaps are equal and as such have created three variants of brushes soft, original and angled, all of which come in different sizes so that you can pick the correct brush for your needs. I say brush when in actual fact I use two different sizes and types: for the gaps in my front teeth I rely on an angled brush with the longer handle to get into a particularly difficult to clean area and for the rest of my mouth, I use the smaller original Tepe Interdental Brushes; as no two mouths are the same you may find you need to trial various sizes to find your perfect brush/es. A personal tip-come-past-experience is to go for a smaller brush head/size than you think you'll require - it will only result in irritated gums and pain, if you try to force a too big brush through the gaps in your teeth; or of course ask your dentist/oral hygienist to help you gauge what brush size would be best for you.

My TePe Interdental Brush Experience

Unlike dental floss, you can re-use your TePe brushes several times as long as you take the time to rinse and care for them. As they are affordable and I am a little (okay a lot) germaphobic, I do only use mine once and then disregard - however the choice is completely up to you.

My TePe Interdental Brush Experience

I am by no means a dentist nor expert but I do think we can all agree that we all have a vested interest in our teeth and would mostly likely admit to spending as much, if not more on teeth whitening, electric toothbrushes etc as we do general beauty products? If so, I think it only makes sense that the TePe Interdental Brushes quickly become an everyday staple within your beauty routine - as mentioned they are quick, affordable and in my opinion the best way to ensure that your properly brush your full mouth.  I can all but promise from the first use you will be hooked (if you aren't already) and wonder what you did before reaching for one of the bright, dinky brushes.

My TePe Interdental Brush Experience

Frequent visits to the dentist and of course the Internet at our fingertips does mean that we are all pretty savvy in regards to oral hygiene, however there are some dental tid-bits that may have passed you by - some really opened my eyes and changed how I brush my teeth no less:

1, Your toothbrush alone can miss up to 40% of your mouth when brushing - that's where TePe comes in.

2, Surprisingly you should wait up until 40 minutes after consuming acidic foods before brushing your teeth as such foods can soften the enamel, 40 minutes gives your mouth enough time to produce saliva to repair the teeth.

3, Some mouthwashes can actually stain the teeth - makes sure you always read the label and if in any doubt ask your dentist for advice.

The more you know huh?

I'll update you with my process with the TePe brushes after my next dentist appointment in six weeks time.

You can find a full list of TePe brush stockists here - link.

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Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear Review Swatches

I'm in a weird place with my hair at the moment, I like being blonde but not too light nor brassy, which is currently where my long locks are nestling. If my hair is too light, I find it my brows more difficult to fill and generally tame as they suddenly become obvious and tad too dark for my complexion. For the above reasons, all I can currently slick through my brows is a clear brow gel but not just any clear brow gel, oh no that wouldn't do in this situation; rather I have being using my current predicament as the perfect excuse to road test the new Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in clear - the be all and end all of clear brow gels.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear Review Swatches

As always, the range Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Brow Gels come beautifully presented within a rose gold tube, complete with a pretty illustration that can also be found on the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara - great if like me you get a little hung up on the smaller details. Yes the small tube of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows photographs wonderfully but it preforms even better, which when it comes down it is what really matters. Now I know what you are thinking, really how can a clear brow gel be special - surely they all do the same thing? Typically I'd agree but the teeny, tiny brush is unlike anything else I have experienced for my brows - it grips onto every single brow hair and evenly coats-come-brushes the brows in one quick step.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear Review Swatches

Think of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear as your go-to brow solution, regardless of what shade or shape your brows may be. The spoolie acts as not only a means for applying the product to your brows but combs too, and combined with the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brow formulation it stretches and somewhat fills the brows for a natural full look. Unlike general clear mascaras or brow gels for that matter, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows is infused with Magic Elasticizing Wax and Vitamin E, so that it nourishes and of course glides on with ease - the wax acts as a means to plump and stretch the brow hairs for a defined and naturally thicker appearance. It really couldn't be easier nor more practical for that matter.

Speaking of being practical, the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Gel can of course be used on its own, or layered over any other brow product to seal and sculpt the brows too. I should also add that it does all of the aforementioned without ever feeling heavy nor drying to a crispy finish on the skin either.

Yes £18.50 may seem a little pricey for a clear brow gel but trust me, once you try out Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows for yourself you will be thankful you splurged.

You can purchase all three shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows here - link.

If looking to save a few pennies, I did find an accidental Charlotte Tilbury dupe not so long ago - read the full post here.



Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review

False eyelashes; the one beauty product I often skirt around purchasing or using for that matter as they are so darn complicated to apply, or are they? What if there was reasonably priced, pre-glued false eyelashes that are both easy to apply and dare I say comfortable, would your mind be swayed? Mine was, and all it took was a quick dabble with Eylure Express Lashes for to finally understand the hype: longer, fuller lashes that create an open eye effect and all without the smudging and smearing of an expensive mascara.

Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review

The idea behind the Eylure Express Lashes is that they are quick to use - hence the name. Yes the Express lashes are pre-glued so you can apply them on-the-go, and/or of course skip finding that teeny, tiny bottle of lash glue that you conveniently stashed in a safe place for special occasions, only to be never found again - we've all been there. Despite my reservations about the lashes being pre-glued (latex free no less) - I assumed the glue would be subpar compared to a stand alone glue - the Eylure Express Lashes stay firmly in place for up to 8 hours should you need them to. I should also add that the far edges do not lift during wear and I have tested them out in humid conditions and on oily skin to boot.

Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review

To apply, all you have to do is simply remove the lashes from their plastic holder and apply as you would any other set of false eyelashes. The difference is that this time you do not have to wait for the lash glue to become tacky - simply press down and go. They really are the perfect lashes for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review

Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review
Eylure Express False Eyelashes Review

Much like you'd expect from King of false eyelashes, the Eylure Express false eyelashes come in 8 various designs - all of which correlate with existing and well loved regular Eylure styles - which include long, full, fluttery, wispy and natural styles - there is something for every eye shape and occasion, and all for £4.95 per set. I can not recommend finding your ideal style, stocking up on a few pairs and scattering them in all your regular beauty hideaways (desk drawer, car glove department etc), ready for any beauty emergency.

You can find all 8 Eylure Express False Eyelash designs exclusively at Superdrug for £4.95 per set - link.

We've asked around and these are the best false eyelash tips we found.



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