12 November 2013

What's Inside My "Beauty" Toolbox

Make up may be the integral part of putting on your daily face, but there are a few other components that make the whole process a hell of a lot easier, let me give you a look into my beauty toolbox.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush Review
Mac 239 Eye Shader Brush Review
Long gone are the days when I used to apply make up with cotton buds and my fingers, nowadays it's all about brushes. Now hold on, don't go rushing to Mac, you don't need to spend an obscene amount of money. The Real Techniques brushes are definitely where it's at. The Buffing Brush in particular is one of my favourites, it buffs foundation into the skin flawlessly. Now you do have to buy the Core Collection to get this brush, as they don't set it separately, but the whole set is still cheaper than 1 Mac face brush. Another Real Techniques brush I recommend is the powder brush, you can use it for powder, powder foundation, blush, bronzer it's a great multipurpose brush and is fab if you just want "one brush" to do everything.

A few eye brushes are also essential for me, but you don't need 100's, two is substantial enough, one for packing on colour, my favourite is the Mac 239 but any flat brush would work. The second one is a fluffy brush for blending, I've had this one from Sigma for absolutely ages and it's still going strong.

 Face Mask Brush:
Sigma Foundation Brush
This brush was originally my foundation brush, as the name would suggest, but since I found my beloved buffing brush I decided to make this brush my designated face mask brush. It makes applying those sloppy, gloopy masks a lot less messy, plus you don't need to rush to the bathroom to wash your hands, leaving a trail of mud behind you haha.

Tangle Teaser
It may be an investment but this baby is well worth the money. You can use it on wet or dry hair and it removes even the most stubborn knots as quick as a flash! A must for long haired gals.

Metal Nail Clippers:
This one might be a bit gross but I'm definitely a short rounded nail type of girl and because my nails grow pretty fast anyway I really need a good pair of nail clippers. Again you don't need to spend a fortune, these cost less than a cup of coffee and even though they are for toes (eeew) they work amazingly well, toe clippers are definitely the way forward!

Tweezers for me are definitely a beauty tool box essential, I swear my eyebrows grow at the rate of naughts. I have to sort them out at lease twice a week if not more, very annoying. Anywho my tweezers aren't anything special, just bog standard. I really want to save up for a pair of Tweezerman ones but I at £20 I haven't justified it yet, it will happen eventually though, maybe when my nail polish addiction has subsided haha.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
Despite me saying that I couldn't justify spending £20 on a pair of tweezers, I did need a decent pair of eyelash curlers, I think everyone does. They really open up your face, enhance your eyes and help give the best application of mascara.

Nail File:
A nail file always comes in handy, especially if you're a nail junkie like I am. The one I'm using is actually my mums, I my have "borrowed it" haha. I always have to file my nails after trimming them, I have a bit of a jagged nail phobia.

 Large Square Cotton Pads
Removing makeup is definitely a laborious task and one that I really don't look forward to but these cotton pads certainly make the job a lot quicker, plus you only need 1 or 2 instead of 5 small round ones.

Round Cotton Pads:
These cotton pads are now strictly for nail polish removal and toner.

Cotton Buds:
These are essential for me as I'm always making mistakes with my make up, plus I definitely need to clean up my cuticles after I've applied my nail polish and cotton buds are my best friend, which reminds me, I'm nearly out... bye (rushes to Boots).

I can tell you one thing, this toolbox is the nearest I will ever be getting to any DIY haha!

What are your "Beauty Toolbox" Essentials?

XOXO Claire


  1. Tweezerman tweezers are so worth the cost, I've had two pairs and love them both.


    1. I definitely thing I'm going to have to invest! :)

  2. I keep debating whether to get Tweezerman tweezers but I guess I'm going to have to make a splurge and just get them haha

    Cat x


    1. I think I might have to splurge too, I think I own it to my eyebrows haha :)

  3. I really want to get some Tweezerman tweezers. Although expensive, I've heard amazing things about them! x


    1. Though they are expensive I think it's time for me to invest!

  4. A 'toolbox' is such a good idea!!! I really want to try tweezerman tweezers and I love Real Techniques!

    Also, I currently have a MAC lipstick giveaway over on my blog that I'd love for you to check out and enter if you're interested :)

    Sophie xxx

    1. Thank you, I can't remember how I used to apply make up before Real Techniques, those were the days :)

  5. This post reminded me that I finally have to buy some brushes! xx

  6. nice post! I'm so rubbish with my collection of brushes! I do need to invest in something, they make all the difference! I just came across your blog & I'm so happy that I did :)

    x leah symonne x


    1. Awww thank you, Real Techniques brushes are amazing quality, definitely worth it! :)

  7. I love the tangle teezer and RT buffing brush. Really reeeeally want those eyelash curlers! X


    1. I cant go anywhere without my tangle teaser, nothing else works as well :)

  8. AH I've heard so much about those eyelash curlers! Thanks for the info :)



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