Product Review: Makeup Brushes

Over the past few years my interest in makeup has grown massively and although I may not be at the professional makeup artist stage, I do consider myself fairly good at using makeup. My main trouble was that I didn’t have all the right tools in order to pull off some of the looks that I wanted to create. My makeup brush collection consisted of about 4 brushes in total, most of which were the ones that come with pallets or ones that were super old and beyond the point of saving. So, I decided that since I hadn’t treated myself in a while it was time to invest in some brand new makeup brushes. Makeup is about more than just the products that you use… The tools you apply it with make all the difference.

Because I am a student and on a bit of a budget I didn’t want to end up spending £20 on one brush and my younger sister (who is much better at makeup than me…) showed me her brushes that she bought from Argos.  Now this may seem like a strange place to immediately look to for makeup brushes but I am so glad I did.

The set that I went for was the Rio Professional Cosmetic Brush Collection (I’m not sure if all countries have Argos so I’ve linked to the actual Rio Cosmetics website instead – it’s the same price) which is a 24 piece set that includes any type of brush you can think of! It was £29.99 which I think is pretty good for a 24 piece brush set.

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I was quite skeptical at first at the quality that these brushes may come in but I was so impressed by the way they work and am so happy about purchasing them. The overall quality and sturdiness of the brushes are very high quality. When I first took them out of their beautiful case that they came in they were a little ruffled up from the journey but they quickly opened out and settled into their proper shapes. The handles feel very nice and of good quality and the synthetic hairs feel SO soft on your skin. Also, the overall look of the brushes are stylish which although doesn’t really affect the quality of them still does make a difference to me. I like to have nice looking brushes to work with. The product pay off is good and everything is nicely blended and applied evenly and flawlessly.

I’d also like to praise the travel case that it comes in as it is very stylish and again of a high quality. Most brush sets just come in disposable packaging but the case really adds to the value of an already very reasonably priced product.

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The variety of brushes is also very good and the set includes 2 fan brushes of different sizes, power, foundation, many different eye brushes, eyebrow brushes and combs, eyeliner, lip and highlight and contour brushes. Pretty much everything you’d need in a makeup set! I have never owned any high end makeup brushes so I can’t compare them to the quality of those but I personally wouldn’t buy a few brushes for £30 when I can buy a whole set for the same price… No matter how high the quality claimed to be.

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Whether you’re a makeup beginner or a professional I think these brushes are such a great purchase for anyone and would definitely recommend you get your hands on these.

Abbie ♥

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Aussie Hair

Hey! Just a quick little blog post to recommend a few products I found last week because I was really impressed with them! ♥

My hair goes through a lot in a day and I often find myself forgetting about it in my beauty regime. I have naturally wavy hair that doesn’t ever seem to sit right unless I straighten it so my poor hair has seen a lot of heat recently.

I tend to avoid washing my hair as much as possible mainly because of the strain I know I’m going to have to put my hair through after washing. Unless I want my hair to be a huge ball of mess on the top of my head, I have to dry and straighten it afterwards which is a whole lot of heat damaging my hair. I mostly have dry hair on the ends with slightly oily roots occasionally so I wanted something that would keep the ends moisturized but also make sure it wasn’t making the top parts too greasy.


Whilst on a spontaneous shopping trip  I stumbled upon the Aussie hair products in Superdrug and as I’d already heard some good things about them decided to give them a go. I bought the Miracle Recharge ‘Take The Heat’ spray and the Miracle Recharge ‘Moisture’ spray to tackle my damaged and split ends.

I’ve used the Take The Heat spray each time I’ve dried my hair  this week and overall I’ve had really good results. It says you can use it in wet or dry hair but I prefer to use it in wet hair whilst blow-drying as I was afraid it would give a greasy look if I was to use it in dry hair (I kinda just hope that most of the product stays in for when I straighten it afterwards.) My hair is already feeling like it’s going through a lot less heat damage even after only a few uses and feels less frizzy during drying which a a huge bonus for me as my hair always goes frizzy after drying. Because I apply so much heat to my hair it can get very dried out but this spray means that my hair is protected and it has a lovely shine after too.

Combined with the Moisture spray after straightening, my hair is so shiny and soft and I can’t stop touching it. The Moisture spray seems to last most of the day and my hair still nice and soft when I go to bed at night. As my hair is fairly long it usually gets quite worn out by the end of the day and feels knotty and dehydrated but now it feels much better. When I first tried these products  I didn’t expect much to happen but I really have seen a difference that I’m really pleased with.


Overall, I’m really impressed with these two products and would highly recommend them to someone who uses heat on their hair a lot like me.

Also, if anyone has any anti-frizz hair products they could recommend to me to try out let me know in the comments! It would be highly appreciated! 

Abbie ♥