Now, I know this blog is full of fun loving fun-times, but for one moment I would like to talk about something quite serious and something that in some way or another has affected us all. Cancer.
It’s a scary word, isn’t it?
Be warned, this is a long post, but worth it!
For millions of people they are faced with that word every day, from the moment they sit in front of that Doctor for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that there are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK alone this year. That figure is expected to rise to 4 million by 2030.
It is also estimated that by the end of 2016, 1000 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer everyday. Think of everyone in your place of work, that (most likely) isn’t 1000 people. Think of everyone in your street, the next few streets actually. Still not 1000 people.
In 2004, around 147,000 men and 146,000 women were diagnosed with cancer in the UK. 146,999 of the men were NOT my Dad. My father died of bowel cancer in April 2004. Early last year (2014), my Mum was diagnosed with throat cancer. Thanks to early diagnosis and the wonder that is the NHS, she underwent radiotherapy and has recovered fully.
That’s just two ways in which cancer has affected my life. I can think of many more. I’m sure you have your own story.
Thankfully there are charities out there whose mission is to simply help. In any way they can. One of them charities are Look Good Feel Better, the only worldwide charity that support with solely the physical side effects of cancer.
Now before some of you think “surely what you look like shouldn’t matter,” ask all the women, and men, that look in the mirror, see the hits and tolls that cancer and the treatments have taken on their body, if they would want to feel even an ounce of how they felt before all of this nightmare started.
LGFB offer free workshops and master-classes all across the UK and have branches in 26 countries across the globe. Since holding their first workshop in 1994, LGFB have provided support to more than 114,500 patients and have worked with over 50 leading companies and brands from the Beauty, Cosmetic and Fragrance Industry.
When I received the brushes I knew they were from a charity, I was expecting pretty crappy, pretty low standard. What I was not expecting was the amazing quality that came through my door.
The packaging was something that is up there with Real Techniques or any high end make-up brushes. Inside there was a Powder brush, Finishing brush, Detail brush, Tapered brush and pouch. Man, even the pouch was high quality with a protective “flap” (interesting word), to protect the bristles. All together it’s called the Makeover Set.
For a proper road test I wanted to do a whole face of make-up with only these brushes. Challenge accepted and level accomplished. As I usually use an array of brushes, sponges and combs (eyebrows) for my face, I had to look at the LGFB tutorials for some advice on how to use the brushes to their full potential.
After watching the tutorials I found it very easy to create an even, mild to heavy coverage complexion with the Finishing brush, where I used buffing and swirling techniques. I used L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation in shade Vanilla.
After applying foundation I used the Powder brush to apply Matte Perfect Loose Translucent Powder all over, sealing in the foundation. After cleaning using the brush using a hair doughnut, I used the Powder brush to apply blush from the Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit Ultra Fair C01.
Sticking to the challenge, I left my eyebrows to nature. I used the tapered brush for all over shadow and the detail brush for the crease detail. I used both the Undressed and Undressed Me Too palettes from MUA.
Lastly I applied Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Shine & Colour in “Candy” on my lips and voilà!
The Duo fibre brushes were absolutely fantastic. They are seriously up there with Real Techniques, Zoeva, Sigma and all of the high end make up brushes. They are densely packed and give EXCELLENT product pay off, really making the most of your make up.
I could not recommend these brushes enough. They are high quality, long lasting (not going to fall apart after a little while) and will help SO many people.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
See you next time!
*The brushes were sent to me by Sparkle PR for review. The thoughts and views expressed are completely my own.