Friday, 13 February 2015

Who Says You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks? - (Metaphorically speaking, of course)

Since starting to watch beauty and fashion vlogs on YouTube, I've been picking up lots of tips about beauty routines, healthy eating, best budget beauty and fashion buys, etc. etc.  All good stuff.  I like to know where I can get a bargain, or how to get a better end result with regards to applying makeup.

One thing I've noticed from all of the beauty channels, is that everyone seems to apply their foundation/concealer and also shape and apply products to their eyebrows using various makeup brushes. It had never really occurred to me that you could do this, so I thought that it might be nice to try it and see how it worked for me.

I didn't actually own any make up brushes, save for a few small sponges included in a couple of eye palettes. The reason for this is that I don't (or very rarely) wear blusher, powder or even eyeshadow, I just don't really have a need of them.  I didn't want to spend £10 or more to purchase the expensive branded brushes that many vloggers use, mainly because I didn't know if I would find them useful and in the end I didn't need to.

As a result of watching one particular vlogger, I became aware of a much cheaper range of brushes I could get on the high street. The vlogger in question had been to Primark and reported that they now sold very reasonably priced makeup brushes, that she found to work very well.

I made a mental note and when I was in Primark the other day, I found the brushes in question and indeed they were very nicely packaged, very reasonably priced and do seem to be quite good quality. I initially bought a double ended Foundation/Concealer Brush for £1.50.  I have used this brush a couple of times for applying concealer and I like it.  It does help blend it in nicely and moreover, is very useful for getting every bit of concealer out of the stick, which you can't easily do with your finger.  I haven't actually used the other end of the brush to apply my BB cream yet. I'm working my way up to it. Here's a picture of the brush and the worn down concealer.

Anyway, yesterday I was in our local Primark to exchange an item I had bought for Little Bird, and I decided to take another look at the makeup brushes.  I was looking to maybe buy a lip brush, but they didn't actually have one.  Instead, I did pick up a combined eyebrow & lash groomer brush and comb for £1.

As I regularly wear mascara on my eyebrows and lashes, I thought that this brush might be useful to give me a more groomed, long lashed look. I haven't actually used this brush yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so very soon and I'll let you know how I get on with it.

So, as the title suggests, who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  I'm enjoying the new tricks I'm learning. Sometimes, we can actually learn a lot from the younger generation, who aren't scared to try new things and pass on their findings.

Next, I want to try and find myself a lip primer and see if it helps my lipstick stay on and last longer. I'll get back to you on that one.


  1. Lip primer does help lipstick stay on longer. When I wore makeup I used it all the time and was surprised at how it helped.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks for that Jackie. I really must get some as I wear lipstick a lot.