Love for Lamora

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I have recently found myself in the dilemma of been inited for dinner at short notice and not having the time to wash my make up brushes (I did really think this was a drama!! Crazy I know). I decided to order new with fast delivery, but I also didn’t want to pay a packet for them as I do love my current ones and “I’m all about saving”.

I started looking on amazon and came across a brand called Lamora, they had received good reviews, were available on prime, and were a good price.

Against every fibre in my body I took the plunge and bought a eye blending brush set (£9.95) and an eyebrow brush set (£8.95) praying they weren’t going to be as dreadful as I was imagining!

The blending brush set contains four brushes consisting of a Tapered blender, all over shader, crease and soft blender so for the price of £9.95 it’s a pretty decent deal.

The eyebrow brush set contains three brushes which include a small shader, flat definer and a brow duo containing a angled brush and spoolie for £8.95, again that seems like a lot of brushes for the money so I wasn’t expecting the best of quality.

In all honesty when they arrived I was very surprised! The packaging is nice and simple and each brush comes individually wrapped inside.

I have heard that when you buy cheaper brushes they sometimes have a chemical smell and these don’t have this. They actually don’t smell at all which is pretty damn good as you don’t want to put something smelly near your eyes.

The handles are strong with the brushes firmly attached. Each brush has Lamora engraved with a number and description indicating how it is to be used, which is great for beginners but also handy when in a rush. They are a nice sleek black colour and look fine in my collection alongside other more expensive brushes.

The main surprise for me was the softness and how well they work. I expected them to be stiff and the hairs to be slightly rough but these are butter soft and do not pull or drag on the eyes. They pick up product really well and due to the softness they are easy to use when blending out product without a great effort.

The brush hairs are surprisingly strong and I didn’t have any loose hairs break free across my face when I was using them. They also held their shape well after use, no fraying or straggling hairs sticking out all over the place.

Sooo what I have learnt is don’t judge a brush by its price. I think sometime we feel we need to buy such expensive products in order to gain flawless results and it just goes to show that sometimes you can acheive as good results with products a bit more wallet friendly.

Let me know if you have tried these brushes or have alternatives that a purse pleasing that have become your favourites. As always comment below or tweet me @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

www.amazon.co.uk

 

Pale women rejoice

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If like myself you are as pale as Casper on a good day and even the lightest of spray tans makes you resemble an Oompa Loompa than you may have struggled to find a bronzer that doesn’t make you look like you’ve been playing in a child’s mud bath. Until now… All hail Benefit and their Hoola Lite.

Retailing at around £24.50 (mine is from cult beauty) it is the same price as the Hoola original and your getting the same amount of product 8.0 grams but what your are also getting is a new shade of bronzer that will complement even the lightest of skin tones.

Bronzer has always been a differcult  product for me to get right, even ones that look particularly light in the pan go on to look orangey no matter how much I try to blend it into my natural skin tone. I’ve never gone ham with contouring as it can come off looking a bit drag due to the shadowing being too dark and it is just well “a bit much”.

To my surprise the Hoola Lite has overcome all this for me and since the day it has arrived it has become a permanent fixture in my make up bag that I am going to find hard to replace (not that I would want to).

So what you get for your hard earned cash is very similar to Benefits other bronzers and blushes. A firm cardboard box with an attached lid that you flip open. The inside contains a small square mirror and a little application brush which is ideal for using on the go.  I believe Benefit has kept the formula similar to the original Hoola as it applies like a dream, soft and blendable without the powdery feel or cakey look.

The colour it applies to the face is where I was shook! Being used as an everyday bronzer this is so light and natural, it really does give a glow that is not overpowering to the fairer skin types. My description colour wise would be sandy with more of a yellow to the lightest of brown undertone than others which have been quite deep/ darker brown .

Contour wise this has impressed! The powder is so easy to build up into a little bit of a deeper shade that I can finally get the look I have craved as previously even the lightest bronzing shades of contour palettes have just been too harsh.

To compliment the Hoola Lite (and because I am a sucker for buying matching products/sets) I also invested in the Hoola bronzing and contouring brush at £18.50. Okay it is not one of the cheapest brushes I own but like a summer romance it was to damn good looking to pass up. The handle is plastic covered in a shiny gold which has been carved out to look like bamboo (matching the Hoola Lite box) and the bristles are extremely soft and transform from a light brown to an ombré green. Upon using I do like the brush, it gives great blend due to the softness there is no tugging or scratching. The bristles are also very firmly glued in place there has been no trouble with loose hairs sticking to my face during application or coming apart during washing. I have used the brush a lot for applying my daily bronzer (Holla Lite) to the forehead, nose and jawline and feel I have not been left streaky or with bold lines but a sun kissed glow that is very complimentary to my skin tone.

To conclude this is one of the best bronzers I have used and has really helped accentuate my skin tone making it appear more flawless. It has given me more confidence by taking away the worries I had  before about looking orange and my bronzer generally being OTT! Honestly Hoola Lite is one of the best purchases I have made. The brush on the other hand although good and easy to use, is not a necessary the product can be applied with other brushes (have often used my Morphe M143 when using the bronzer) but is is a cute looking brush so if you were in the mood to spoil yourself! Price wise is to be expected for a Benefit product and as always the quality is there.

As always let me know in the comment section or on twitter @KateL564 your thoughts as they are much appreciated.

Until next time

Kate

links

www.cultbeauty.co.uk

www.beauybay.com (Morphe brush)