Brows on Fleek

I am a huge fan of Instagram brows, and I have tested so many products to find the perfect products to achieve this well-desired look. From pomades to pencils I have put together my faves.

So my go to has to be Benefit Ka-Brow Pomade. I know I usually go for drug store products but with brow products I’m happy to branch out as they usually last over a year anyway, which makes it worth it. . Brows are one of the hardest parts of a polished look and I love this as the application is so easy to work with. I used the ABH pomade for a year and was so committed until I found this. They are quite similar, however I find that unlike most pomades, including ABH Dipbrow, this doesn’t dry up. It lasts all day, and has a very natural look to it, but you can easily build on it for stronger looking brows.

LJL Rating: 10/10

Next is another Benefit product- they don’t get their brow success for nothing! When I’m in a hurry I use Gimme-Brow! This brushes on so easily and enhances your natural brows. So if you already have a good set of brows, I highly recommend this. The only downside is that it can look messy, so if you’re like me and prefer tidy brows, you can easily clean up the look with concealer.

LJL Rating: 9/10

Next, an underrated brand- Lottie London. Their Archival Brow Pen is only £6.50 and is  used to create a microblade effect. The end of this pen has 4 separate nibs which allow you to create natural looking brows in just a few fast strokes. This is great for either natural, bushy or insta-brows! The only flaw is that if you don’t use this with fast strokes, the product can bleed into fine lines.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Finally, for a simple pencil look, I use B. Pro Styler Brow Pencil, which is only £4.99 and is usually on offer. I use this either to quickly fill in my brows, or to neaten up the edges. The colour pay off is really strong, and the pencil is angled for ease. It also comes with a spoolie at the other end to help have a flawless look.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Overall, I do think that if you really care about how your brows look, then high end is always better. If you just like to fill in your brows, or lightly shape and define, then pencils and powders are the way to go.

Hello Sports FX!

Hello everyone! So Sports FX has been popping up everywhere lately! From bloggers to instagram to beauty boxes so I thought it may be worth giving some of their products a little go. For those who don’t know, this is a brand for long lasting makeup even during intense physical activities. Now I won’t lie, I am not sporty by any means, but I do work long hours so having my face stay in place is important to me. If you like any of this then they can be bought online or in Sports Direct and they do hair and body care as well as makeup- impressive!

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I’ll start with the Cool Down Primer and Recovery Gel. This is £10 and OWCH. I have really sensitive skin so I’m not sure if this may be why it felt like my face was burning off! It made my skin so cold that it burnt. I forced 3 of my friends to try it to and one of them found the same as me, but the other two had no issue with it. My advice here would be to perhaps avoid it if you have sensitive skin! I can’t really rate it as a primer as it was too painful for me to keep on 😦

Some of you may have already heard of the popular Blend and Go Beauty Sponge for £5. I have had multiple beauty blenders over the years and this is my absolute fave! It has so many different angles that it can be used for cream contour, liquid highlight, and ofc foundation. It’s super soft and makes my foundation apply so lightweight and flawlessy, I LOVE IT!                                                                                                                   LJL Rating: 10/10

I’ve just spotted I didn’t take a pic of the Balance Boosting BB cream my bad! This is £12 and it’s pretty good. I don’t really wear BB creams as I’m a full face kinda gal but it’s got a medium coverage and sits comfortably                                                             LJL Rating:  7/10

Next is the Coconut Moisturising Lip Balm for £5. Now I am low-key obsessed with this as I’m convinced that lip balms aren’t that necessary but I love this as a lip primer as it makes lipstick glide on so well and it prevents liquid lipstick from cracking. I would definitely recommend this!                                                                                                     LJL Rating 10/10

They also do an angled Brow Pencil for £7. I think it’s a great idea to have it angled but it’s just so hard that you have to really drag it on the skin to get some pigment showing. I chose the dark brown shade and yet it isn’t dark at all. I also think that the price is steep considering most drugstore ones are around £3.                                            LJL Rating: 3/10

The Mist and Face spray is £8 and I’m not convinced that this is a great product really. This is advertised as keeping your makeup in place but I find that it doesn’t really make a difference to it at all.                                                                                              LJL Rating: 5/10

Finally, I have both of their brushes which as a pricy £12 each however they are double ended. I think that the buffer and powder brush are pretty average, but the duo highlight and contour brush is fab! I use both ends for contour and its amazing as I can use one side to really carve out my cheekbones, nose, chin and jaw then use the other side for my cheeks, forehead and neck. Since using this I have even received more comments about my contour so I do think it’s worth trying!                                                              LJL Rating: 10/10

Overall we’ve got a mix of opinions here! Some things I love and some I’m admittedly not so keen on, but I do have to say that I do think that this is a promising brand. They offer some great stuff, and I hope that they bring out new products in the future!