Live and Breath Beauty Brushes Review
I'm always on the look out for new brushes to add to my collection. I've got some from MAC, Sigma, Bobbi Brown, Zoeva and now I've ventured into L.A.B.2. This stands for Live and Breathe Beauty [uncertain about the "2"]. I love the sleek black and stylish look. Wooden handles replaced by a black rubbery stem with texture similar to NARS compacts.
The bristles are synthetic and they boast their FiberLuxe technology to provide soft and high quality filaments for precise makeup application results. I'm more of a face-and-lip makeup type of person and I've have two face brushes and one lip brush to share with you today.
L.A.B.2 Read My Lip Brush is a tiny tapered tip brush. It is quite firm to allow lip-lining. Due to its small size it takes a little bit of patience to fill in the lips with lipstick but it does the trick.

L.A.B.2 Don't Get Mad, Get Even Foundation Brush is a thin, flat, tapered tip brush. It is firm yet flexible and able to reach facial nooks and crannies. It works well with thin consistency foundations or tinted moisturisers as opposed to thick full coverage ones to minimise the streaks.

L.A.B.2 Make Me Blush Brush is a soft dome-shaped brush. I have to admit this is my favourite of the three. The bristles are quite firm, which makes it multi-use. I've used it like a buffing brush to apply foundation, and also as a blush brush to apply pops of colour on the apples of the cheeks.
Overall I do like these brushes. With a similar drugstore price point as Real Techniques brushes, I feel the latter generally have softer bristles and easier to use. Among the three, I would recommend the L.A.B.2 Make Me Blush Brush though. It's pretty spectacular...
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Livia
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29/11/2015

Live and Breathe Beauty L.A.B.2 Brushes



I realise its been ages since I've posted a FOTD and decided to photograph this makeup look. It's my to-go face. Very everyday-esque. Here's the run down.

I started off with prepping the skin with La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultra Light Fluid. Once that absorbed, I applied a few spritzes of MAC Prep and Prime Fix + to hydrate the skin. Using the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush I buffed in NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Punjab. I set this with a dusting of MAC Mineralised Skinfinish in Medium Plus using a Real Techniques Large Powder Brush.

To contour the face I used a MAC 138 Brush to apply MAC Sculpt Powder on the hollows of my cheeks. With the Real Techniques MultiTask Brush I patted Illamasqua Lover Blush on the apples of my cheeks for a peachy glow. I highlighted my cheekbones with Becca Moonstone Skin Perfector Pressed using Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Brush.

On my eyes, I have shimmery taupe Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl lining my eyes and lashings of By Terry Terrybly Mascara

I applied a slick of Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick to finish the look. The best thing about these pinky nudes is you can apply them straight from the bullet. Moosh your lips together and you're done.

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24/11/2015

My Everyday Makeup Look

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Total Moisture Gel Body Oil

With the cold winter finally here in the UK, I wanted to share with you the one moisturiser that has been keeping my skin well-hydrated this season. It is Vaseline Total Moisture Gel Body Oil.

I love to apply it after patting my skin dry from the shower. A little goes a long way. It smells absolutely gorgeous with its vanilla cocoa and makes my skin glow. I love its subtle warming feel, like a yummy warm hug. 

As per its name, it is oily, it is thick. It takes about 5-10 minutes to fully absorb depending on your skin type. Make sure to wait for this to fully absorb before applying any tight clothing or it will stick like glue.

For this chilly season, I cannot recommend Vaseline Total Moisture Gel Body Oil enough. If you're suffering from dry skin and looking for a drugstore bargain to try, run over to your local Boots. At under £6 a pop, it is an absolute steal. It a popular winter staple. BTW, I've actually got a back up... 

Livia
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22/11/2015

The Moisturiser That Feels Like a Nice Warm Hug

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