The Best Foundation Blending Sponge……EVER!

Hello and Happy 2018 my lovelies! I’m Teresa, welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty…

When I was asked if I would like to review the Basic Beauty Tools foundation blending sponge and Spongedry holder I have to be honest with you it was the holder that had me saying yes please!

I’ve got and used a few brands of foundation blending sponges, and they are all pretty much the same on performance and usability. They all work better when used dampened, although some expand more than others when damp. The Basic Beauty Tools sponge is absolutely fantastic, it’s Latex FREE for one thing! And when dampened it expands more than I’ve seen on any other beauty sponge. To use mine I wet it under the cold tap and squeeze excess water out, then I squeeze it inside a clean towel to take out even more water. This particular teardrop shaped sponge is so soft and spongy when damp it’s gorgeous, it bounces over my skin when I apply my foundation using the rounded bottom (!!!) and the point is fantastic for getting into all the nooks of the face, ie around the nose and eyes, and it doesn’t soak up all my foundation and concealer into itself either, which is due to the  unique micro cell texture of the sponge.

I found my sponge to be so easy to clean, I do use the same solid soap cleanser that I use for my brushes, and then pop it to air dry on the Spongedry holder also from Basic Beauty Tools. The little holder is just fantastic to allow your sponge (any brand to!) to dry after cleaning, it dries pretty quickly, again due to the micro cell texture, and drying this way stops a buildup of bacteria as you would if you let your sponge just dry off in your makeup bag. It’s also great to store your beauty sponge on your dressing table on a daily basis too.

For a 25% discount sale of the sponge and the Spongedry  just enter ELEGANT25 at checkout on the website HERE.

 

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Essence 2 in 1 Makeup and Concealer

Hello beauties, welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty, I’m Teresa.

So a while ago I did a small shop in Wilko and purchased some products from the wonderful Essence brand. There are a couple of products that I got that have really stood out for me and one of them being the Camouflage 2 in 1 foundation and concealer.

At just £3.80 for 30ml of product it’s a bargain. It’s a squeezy tube too which I love. I’ve not used a foundation-concealer product before so I was looking forward to using this when I got it home, but it has been sitting on my dressing table waiting for the less sunny and warm weather to arrive so that I could put away the lightweight foundations and BB Creams. I actually got around to wearing this last weekend and I found it to be fantastic! I applied it using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush then used a damp sponge to press over my skin once I applied the foundation. I took the product over my eyes paying more attention to the inner corners where I’m a bit dark. For me I think that this is a medium to full coverage, and it covered all the issues I have with my skin. I get redness on my left cheek, it was covered, I get redness around my nose, it was covered, I get redness on my chin, it’s covered by this foundation, and I also don’t need to use powder to set it. If you prefer a lighter application then apply using a damp sponge rather than a brush, and that’s just my opinion of course. I also noticed after wearing for a while that it doesn’t settle into lines or cake under my eyes. It’s long-lasting and it doesn’t transfer to the collar of  my clothes or my baby Granddaughters clothes when I’m squishing her! For me, this is a fabulous face base product, one that I shall be using a lot and will be a definite re-purchase.

If you don’t have a Wilko near you, you can purchase this and all Essence products online HERE.

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GOSH Brow Shape and Fill plus the Mix and Fix Blender Brush….

Hello welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty, I’m Teresa.

I’ve got a couple more GOSH Copenhagen products for you, they were sent to me for reviewing here on EAB.

Shall I start with the brush you see before you? It’s the Mix and Fix Blender Brush. This flat-headed face brush is unique I feel. I’ve never seen such a brush before, I’ve seen many flat-headed brushes but not one with a “well” in the middle! The brush itself is 100% synthetic hair so is vegan friendly. So why is there a hole or well in the centre of the brush? This brush is perfect to use for mixing foundation shades or to add a facial oil to foundation. You simply place the products you want to mix together into the hole then apply to the face as usual. I actually trialed the brush by mixing my foundation (from another brand, I don’t have a GOSH one) with my GOSH Lumi Drops and applied to my face. The brush is great for blending, and with a head that is small enough to get around the contours of the eyes and soft enough for under the eyes it leaves my skin looking great with a flawless coverage of foundation, and it doesn’t feel like it’s scratching my skin at all, also another plus, there is no brush hair fallout either while I was applying to my face or when I washed it either. This is a really great addition to my brush collection, and one that will get used rather a lot I suspect. You can get this and more fantastic GOSH products from Superdrug on the High Street or online HERE.

The last GOSH Copenhagen product I’m sharing with you is one for the eye brows. I’m not really an eye brow person to be honest, but I’m learning and Brow Shape and Fill is really helping me to get on track. It’s a double ended product, with a retractable pencil at one end and powder with sponge applicator at the other end. The pencil end is for shaping the brows, I found it to be a hard pencil while I was applying it but not at all difficult to work with. It’s a slanted shaped pencil which helps with the application using those light feathery types strokes! Filling in is really easy with the powder and sponge tip applicator, it completely covers the odd grey eyebrow hairs that are appearing more regularly now. You can apply the powder as light or as heavy as you like to get the coverage you want. I comb through my brows with a spoolie after applying to distribute the colour evenly. The GOSH Brow Shape and Fill is great for those days when you need to be quick with your makeup, using just the powder to fill in the brows which is in fact how I like to use this product. Get the GOSH Brow Shape and Fill from Superdrug on the High Street or online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.

XXX

Oh My GOSH, New Makeup!

Hello lovelies, welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty.

I have wanted to try GOSH Copenhagen makeup for ages, so I let out a little squeal (a loud little squeal) when GOSH sent me a few products to try.

I’m sharing with you the GOSH Strobe n Glow Kit in Highlight, GOSH Lumi Drops in Gold and the GOSH Eyeshadow Primer. Now, to be honest I am not and never will be a big strobe/highlight fan. I like to add a subtle glow to my makeup rather than go for all out strobing, that’s just my preference, and with both these GOSH illuminating products you can use them in a subtle way or go for all out highlighting and strobing. The Strobe n Glow Kit in Highlight is a 4 in 1 powder highlight and blush palette, each 1/4 is a different product, with a white gold highlighter, and three golden toned bronzers to define. So buttery soft in texture with beautiful colour pay off and they all blend so well, I only had to just dip my brush in once to get the payoff I wanted, of course it’s buildable to the intensity you like. I applied to my face after powdering, and found it lasted me until I took my makeup off that evening. The Strobe n Glow kit from GOSH is the perfect addition for my makeup collection, it will more than likely get me into highlighting more. You can find the Strobe n Glow at Superdrug on the High Street, or online HERE.

Now, the gorgeous Lumi Drops from GOSH are stunning! I have the oh so pretty Gold colour. Lumi Drops is a liquid highlighter and it’s a multi tasking product, I believe. You can wear it on it’s own on bare skin to give yourself a gorgeous golden glow to the complexion, mix it with your foundation for a pretty dewy effect. Use it on top of your foundation to add a healthy looking luminosity to the skin. Simply use it only on certain places on the face to highlight, ie top of cheekbones, through the brow bone to finish of your eye look and don’t forget the cupids bow to help make your lips appear fuller. I used Lumi Drops on the top of my cheek bones and with just a tiny amount on my cupids bow. It does just lift the look of my makeup without making my face appear shiny and oily looking. I think Lumi Drops will be fabulous for the coming Christmas party season (Did I just us the “C” word?) when we all get out or LBD’s you can pop Lumi Drops on the collarbone for a gorgeous glow and tops of the shoulders too! You can find Lumi Drops in more shades too, check out Superdrug on the High Street, or online HERE.

Lastly, for now anyway I have the GOSH Copenhagen Eyeshadow Primer. This product I have really fallen in love with, oh my Gosh it’s fab! A gorgeous nude shade eye shadow primer that will even out the skin-tone which is great for me due to the darkening of my eyelids as I’ve got older. It’s waterproof so making it sweat proof too which was great during the hot Summer days we had a few weeks ago! I have oily eyelids and it helped keep my eyeshadow in place without creasing. It’s very easy to apply from the stick then blend with the sponge tip smudger. I have loved to use it all over my lid up to the brow bone, apply a touch of mascara for a no makeup look, It just makes the skin on the eye area look smoothed and eyes more awake when you want to go bare faced. This is a really lovely product and one I shall be re-purchasing. You can find the GOSH Eyeshadow Primer in Superdrug on the High Street and online HERE.

I have a couple more products from GOSH to share with you very soon, and there is few more products I want to try too. Thank you for stopping by today.

XXX

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil…. My Thoughts

Hello my lovelies, welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty, I’m Teresa.

I hate anything to do with my eyebrows! I cannot properly give myself perfect eyebrows to face the world with. I’ve never had the patience to let them grow back from the dreadful over-plucking as was the trend back in the day, we wore them very thin then! Oh they aren’t really thin now they have grown somewhat, but I can’t seem to shape them very well anymore, poor eyesight doesn’t help. I just tend to pluck out what I need to and trim up the stragglers! I’ve got some eyebrow hairs that has turned grey and are difficult to cover, or rather difficult to stay covered. In essence my eyebrows are the bane of my beauty life! BUT, I now have Billion Dollar Brows!

In fact I have the Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil, which was sent to me from KLM Beauty.

This is a gorgeous double ended brow pencil, with a fantastic spoolie brush to comb the product through your eyebrows. Why Universal? Because it’s been formulated to work on all colours of eyebrows. My brows have got lighter over the years with the few added grey’s too. But this brown brow pencil works fantastically well for me. The lighter the colour brows, the lighter the pressure when using the pencil. It’s not a hard pencil it does apply easily by coating the grey hairs to my liking and it combs through well with the spoolie, AND it lasts on my brows until I remove it. It’s a retractable pencil which I find handy because I don’t have to worry about breaking the pencil in my makeup bag, however I do think that maybe the pencil could have been finer/sharper point. Other than that one gripe, the Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil is great and has restored my faith in my own eyebrows again, they may not be “on fleek” but I feel now I can brush my fringe away sometimes!

If you want perfect eyebrows, check out KLM Beauty HERE.

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