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Glamity Jane

Brushing up on key basics ahead of 2019

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 4:45pm

I have recently had to do a cull of my brushes, both hair and makeup. I had many of them for years and they had been through the wars of various products and looks.

They can accumulate rapidly, though, and in recent years we have come so far in the brush stakes. We now have a full suite of cruelty-free brushes which emulate the effect of goat and sable hair, the most commonly used hair in makeup brushes.

Whatever your feelings on animal welfare, the fact that there is an alternative now makes it easier for makeup lovers everywhere. In general, the synthetic ones are easier to clean too!

The Fuschia Make Up 7 Full Size Super Soft Synthetic Brushes, Vegan Essential Collection (€35) has seven full-size, super soft synthetic brushes that will make the process of applying makeup so much easier. It contains a foundation brush, a blush brush, three eye brushes and a brow and liner brush. At €35 it is outstanding value.

If you are looking for a stocking filler, then why not look at Blank Canvas and their Christmas Crackers which are €18 and contain one face and one eye brush? My choice in this one is the E22 Jumbo Concealer in Rose Gold Black (vegan). The E22 is a multi-purpose eye/face brush from the Dimension series. It's ideal for buffing concealer into smaller areas of the face and under the eyes and is great with cream/powder products.

The F20 HD Buffer Brush in Rose Gold Black (vegan) is an award-winning brush for a reason. It’s a multi-purpose for face (foundation/ cheek blush/contour application) so stipple your foundation with the F20 for a flawless finish. Finish your face with loose or pressed powder.

For the makeup aficionado, the Real Techniques Rebel Edge Trio is a must! The half fan head will offer you control on your contour, skill with your highlighter and shape with your shadow and all for just €29.99.

Next up, let's look at the Tangle Teezer Rose Gold edition for your hair. The compact styler is your perfect handbag companion for the festive season. It offers you soft, shiny and tangle-free hair for €15. Slip one into your clutch for on-the-go touch ups!

Designed with two-tiered system technology, its long teeth gently detangle knots, whilst the shorter teeth smooth the hair cuticle for a sleek finish.

It is also super for the shower for combing conditioner through. The new Tangle Teezer comes with a protective cover to keep the teeth in perfect condition, guarding from fluff, dirt and dust.

For extensions, the Refine Brush by Amy Michelle is my go-to. It has plastic and boar bristles to smooth your style and will not only detangle, it will also offer you a salon worthy blow-dry. The paddle shape is practical, and the handle means that this brush is a doodle to use. It is suitable for natural hair or extensions and is the brainchild of Amy Michelle who has worked with some of the leading hair extension brands in the world. It was a normal progression for her to make her own brush and extensions (which I am currently wearing and they are super easy to manage).

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