Anyone who knows me, knows I have a bit of a thing for lipsticks. Mac lipsticks, in particular. I’ve tried plenty of other brands but I find none are as long wearing as Mac, especially their Matte collection. I have lost a couple over the last year but at my latest count I have 23. If I’m being completely honest, I wear around 6 or 7 of those 23 regularly and 2 of those 7 on a daily basis.
My go-to shades for daily wear are Brave and Viva Glam 2. I wear them both to work and when I’m off. They’re definitely more subtle daily shades. I’ve never finished a lipstick for two reasons. 1) because I have so many and 2) because I tend to lose them. I’m almost at the end of my Viva Glam 2. I have a second lined up and ready though.
Brave & Viva Glam 2
My favourite shades for going out or special occasions are Ruby Woo, Rebel, Lickable, Hue and Hang Up. My Rebel is on the missing list so I’ll have to replace that.
Hang-Up, Ruby Woo, Lickable & Hue
I rarely use the rest but as you can see I’m not going to run out of pink options any time soon!
What’s your go-to lipstick brand?
I’m not sure the colour of these brushes is coming up as nice in this photo as they are in real life. They’re so pretty that I was not leaving without them. They were €8 and they’re from Penneys (Primark if you’re outside Ireland).
Now I’m not saying much for how good they’ll be as brushes because I haven’t used them yet but I’ll give them a go this weekend and the seem nice and soft so far.
They even come with this explanation for each brush and how to use them.
Has anyone else tried them?
Hands up who hates cleaning their make-up brushes? Hands up who doesn’t do it as often as they should? I know the reasons I hate doing it are that it’s time-consuming, seems to damage my expensive brushes and if I’m being completely honest I don’t really suffer from skin break-outs which would be a big motivation to clean them. I also think people get caught up in the whole which product do I use for which brushes and it puts them off. I’ve tried some products that were way too harsh on my brushes and damaged them within a couple of washes.
I keep it very simple and use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and a silicon facial cleansing pad from Penneys (Primark). It’s a simple and cheap method and works really well. The shampoo is really gentle on your brushes and the cleansing pad is soft so cleans without damaging.
- Start off by running your brush under warm water.
- Add Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to the cleansing pad.
- Swirl brushes like the Mac 187 foundation brush above and other round shaped brushes on the pad and wipe flatter brushes from side to side so as not to damage the shape.
- Keep swirling or wiping until the shampoo foam turns white and has no residual product in it (foundation, eye shadow etc.) You may need to add some more shampoo for bigger brushes.
- Rinse the brush under warm water again to remove any shampoo.
- Gently squeeze any water out of the brush using a towel.
- Make sure the brush is reshaped in it’s original shape.
- If it’s a flat brush, lie it on a flat surface. If it’s a round brush lie it on the edge of a flat surface so as not to create a flat shape on one side.
I’m definitely not an expert but I try to do it every couple of weeks. Realistically if I get it done once a month I’m happy enough. If you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs you should wash them more regularly.
Do you have an cheap and cheerful beauty tips?