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QVS Brushes Review

They say only an unskilled person blames their tools for preforming inadequately, but anyone who has ever been forced to use a poor quality make-up brush will quickly tell you that is not the case. Great make-up brushes are crucial in executing any make-up look well and the good news is that thanks to brands such as QVS Beauty you no longer need a bank loan to afford high quality brushes.

With the party season on the horizon you may be hoping to perfect a smoky eye look or perhaps something a little bolder – ’tis the season of glitter after all and with the help of QVS brushes I am going to share a few pointers and tips, on how to get the most from your brushes.

QVS Brushes Review
QVS Brushes Review
QVS Brushes Review

For the perfect base, be it powder, liquid cream or a combination of all three products, the one brush you want on your side is the QVS Perfection Brush £7 – if I could only own one foundation brush, it would be this. As you can see this is a dual ended brush; the smaller and somewhat flatter brush head is for applying concealer – again this works well with liquid or cream textures and can also double up in a pinch as an eyeshadow applicator. Due to the size of the flat brush, it perfectly fits into all those hard to reach facial contours such as the under-eye, around the nose and brow bone – perfect if you use concealer both to disguise blemishes and to highlight. The other end of the brush is by far larger and more dense and as such is ideal for applying liquid foundation and/or cream contour products.

QVS Brushes Review

The next step in my make-up routine – and perhaps yours too – is to set my foundation, as someone with oily skin, I have noticed that a loose setting powder is by far a superior option in terms of keeping oil at bay. Regardless of what option you choose, you will want and need a large fluffy brush to ensure that the powder is evenly dispersed over the skin – for that I recommend the QVS Powder Brush £9. The soft, fluffy bristles of such brush ensures that coverage is light, effective and efficient.

QVS Brushes Review

Now I’m no expert at eyeshadow application but I do believe in keeping tool use in this area to a minimum – for applying a base shade or a little glitter, you want a flat, dense and frankly sturdy brush but as the eye area is so delicate it should also be soft. For this reason I fully recommend the QVS Eyeshadow Brush £4 – it is perfect for quickly sweeping on a wash of colour, for intricate placement of glitter/shimmer or for those more skilled that I, blending a few shades together too. Much like all QVS brushes, this can be used for cream, liquid and powder formulations with ease.

No brush makes a smoky eye look easier than the QVS Blending Brush £8.49, it is perfectly sized to easily slot into the eye socked and as it is so soft and fluffy, it easily diffuses even the harshest of lines. I’m sure by now it goes without saying that you can use this with any medium of product you wish and for precision application of facial highlighter, this brush is the perfect size (think the cupid’s bow and tip of the nose).

Lastly, every make-up bag needs a great brow tool – at the moment I’m embracing the natural brow look and as such all I do is comb them through and maybe set with a little clear mascara. A great brow comb is not to be over looked and as such I suggest investing in the QVS Eye Brow and Lash Groomer £4 this sturdy comb tames even the bushiest of brows, as well as offering a lash comb to ensure that your mascara is never clumpy.

Now all you have to do is decide what colour of lipstick you’ll be wearing in the coming weeks and heck QVS even have a brush for that too which you can find here.

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Suqqu Lightness: The “Flexible” Foundation

Suqqu Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Review

I don’t know why, but there’s a word that keeps popping into my head whenever I use Suqqu’s new Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Lightness, and that word is flexible. Perhaps it’s because the makeup seems to move with the skin rather than forming an opaque, mask-like layer, or maybe it’s the way in which it blends so effortlessly, gliding over imperfections with ease. Whatever it is that’s sparked the “flexible” word, this is one very convincing face base.

Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Lightness is Suqqu’s latest addition to their Frame Fix range (there’s a pre-existing liquid foundation and a cream foundation, both providing excellent coverage and glowy, real-skin look) and I think that it steps things up a gear in terms of formula, using something called “Airy Oil” to create a comfortable, breathable veil of makeup over the skin. All of Suqqu’s foundations are designed to blur imperfections whilst maintaining the look of natural, beautiful skin, but the new Lightness really triumphs at it; it’s so very fresh-looking and healthy.

I want to say dewy, but it’s not, not really; in terms of dewiness I’d say it’s almost on a par with the Armani Maestro Glow, in that it’s not all that dewy but it has a certain “fresh glow”. There’s a definite difference, I think, between glow and dewiness – the first looks radiant and light-reflecting and can have (these days, with the wonders of technology!) quite a matte or velvet finish, but dewiness has its own set of characteristics. It’s the juicy, hydra-quenched look of skin that has been doused in plumping serums and buffed with nourishing oils and finished off with rich, buttery creams that glisten on the surface, except that none of these things have usually happened, it’s all in the makeup. (Great dewy-looking things? Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser and – new discovery – No7 Illuminating Cream.) Frame Fix Lightness is nearly dewy, but the finish is dry to the touch (clever) and the overall effect is one of brilliant, healthy skin.

The coverage is comprehensive but doesn’t mask entirely – the trick to such a real-skin finish, I’d imagine. It blurs, softens, throws up a smokescreen but somehow all of the charming nuances of the underneath-skin are still apparent. It’s the perfect balance, especially if you like to look as though you’re mostly makeup free. Here’s a before-and-after:

Suqqu Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Review

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You can see that the Frame Fix Lightness gives a good evenness to the skin; redness and dark circles taken down significantly, a nice dose of radiance thrown into the mix. If we zoom in further, to the right cheek, you can see that bigger pores in the before picture are effectively disguised without being “polyfilla’d” or “plastered over”; likewise, the small areas of redness or faint pigmentation are taken down but not entirely masked:

suqqu frame fix liquid foundation lightness review

suqqu frame fix liquid foundation lightness review

It’s just such a gorgeous, natural finish. I think that the shade I used, 102, could just be on the pale side for me, now that we are moving into spring-summer and I’m outside more often, but for winter it’s an excellent match. This is clever makeup that creates expensive-looking skin – glowing, polished and fresh. You’re probably expecting what’s coming next – a high price-tag – but if you like to invest in supremely effective skin makeup then this one won’t feel too steep.

In terms of the types of skin this would suit, it held perfectly well on my PMT-oily skin and looked fine on dryer areas, but as always with a new foundation, best to go in and test on counter if you’re unsure. I’m also becoming quite a primer convert – if you have extremely oily skin or very dry then they can really transform whatever makeup you apply over the top and allow you to get the best from your foundation. I’ll be rounding up some of my favourites soon.

Suqqu Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Lightness is £58 at here. If you’re into the “oil in foundation” idea, then Armani Maestro is really excellent, slightly more surface glow than Suqqu’s but perhaps a little less coverage. Read my full review here.

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Charlotte Tilbury & Norman Parkinson


I always love Charlotte Tilbury’s new launches, so I was excited to hear about her Norman Parkinson collection as his work is so iconic. Charlotte Tilbury has admired Norman Parkinson’s work for years as it has always inspired her, so with the help of his grandson, she used his images on the packaging of her limited edition collection. Although we have to wait till July when it’s launched online and August for stores, let me show you my pick of the best products.

As a lover of cream blushes, I was bound to fall head over heels for the Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow (£45). A long lasting hydrating balm which can be applied on both lips and cheeks for a dewy pop of colour. I found that applying it with fingers was the best as it gave the most natural flushed look to the cheeks, plus it can be applied as though it was a lip balm with the fingers. As with all the products, it contains an image from Norman Parkinson’s career, this time it’s an image of his wife, Wenda.

The famous Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£55) has been re-made into a cream version in the shade Sun Tan and Sun Light. Perfect for the warmer weather when products are usually swapped for creamier products. I always find that cream products are better for contour so I almost prefer the cream to the original powder product. The image on the packaging is from the Vogue issue in May 1975 with Jerry Hall on the cover, which is also featured on the make up bag.


In case you prefer a powder highlighter, the Dreamy Glow Highlighter (£45) is for you. Described as ‘peaches and cream skin’ by Charlotte Tilbury, it’s a very finely milled champagne highlighter which looks great dusted on top of the cheekbones. Again with an image on the front, this features Carmen Dell’Orefice from the cover of Vogue in 1959.

As well as a limited edition collection, Charlotte Tilbury is also adding to her permanent collection with two new lipsticks and a new cream eyeshadow line. The Matte Revolution Lipsticks are beautifully matte and come in a range of shades and now there will also be a warm nude shade, Miss Kensington. The lipsticks glide onto the lips without looking chalky and drying the lips. One standout product for me are the Eyes To Mesmerise, a cream mousse eyeshadow. I’ve been using the shade Mona Lisa, a beautiful brown with a gold metallic running through it. They don’t crease on the lids, last all day and also come in many more shades. I certainly have my eye on a light champagne shade for an everyday look.