Which Ponytail are you?


Ponytails are very big this season, but then again when are they never not?! You see a lot of celebrities rocking a sleek ponytail on the red carpet, its a timeless look, very glamorous and sophisticated. You might not realise it, which on a daily basis I don't have the brains to think, but a pontyail has no ends of different ways to style, everyone has their own preference. So which is your favourite?
Medium Ponytail 





I never have my hair tied up like this but I have to say I am quite liking this look, there really is nothing to it, I sectioned my fringe away from the rest of my hair and then brushed it all backwards.
Taking a bit of the top part of my hair I just brushed backwards, I backcombed the roots to add some volume and lift, then gathered the rest of my hair and tied a bobble in it.

With a small ended brush I placed it under my hair at the top and lifted it a bit and with the loose ends I added a couple of bobby pins. For something a little different I took a tiny section of hair and wrapped it around the bobble and then pinned it underneath the ponytail.


Low Ponytail




Personally I am not a huge fan of this look on myself as I feel my head is a little bit too big to pull off such a low ponytail. However, I really do love this look whenever I spot a celebrity or someone in the street wear it, they always manage to make it look so polished and perfect.

With my big head I don't like hair scraped flat off my face, so like the medium ponytail I added a little bit of backcombing to the roots for that extra lift, you don't want to do it too drastically as it will look a little silly. Take the hair as low as possible and tie it in a bobble, with a comb gently brush your hair backwards towards the bobble and then pin back any loose layers. You don't have to keep your fringe out if not, it can also be pushed back into the ponytail if you want a really sleek look.


High Ponytail (Pineapple) 




Okay, so it is not quite a pineapple but I like to think that its high enough on the top of your head to be classed as one! It is the easiest pony to do and one I find myself wearing on a very regular occasion, if I am too warm or having a lazy day I shake my head upside down, scrape it all back and tie it up. I quite like how it is a messy feel to it, which is something I like to see in a hair style (I must be going mad) pus it adds a bit of volume to the tail too.

I'd love to hear which style you prefer and find yourself wearing the most, I am on a mission to try out the medium ponytail more often as I quite like the outcome. For something a little different add a French plait to the front of your hair where your fringe is.


 

Elf Brushes


Last week I posted that I had a very exciting delivery from Elf Cosmetics (ohhh it sounds so Christmassy) containing five brushes and a few beauty products. From testing them out a few times my mind has definitely been made up on what I think of them, some products I am a little bit disappointed in unfortunately, but I will stick with them to see if my mind can be changed.

Today's post is a review of the brushes I picked up as I have actually used them quite a bit.

Stippling Brush



I absolutely love the design of this brush, and this goes to all stippling brushes, just the contrast of the small black bristles with the long, delicate white bristles. It is super soft is preferable in a brush as you don't want to scratch your skin and feel irritated all day, nothing worse than scratching your face full of make up for it to ruin. I'm not very keen on using this brush to apply foundation straight to the face, it's not solid enough however if your using a BB cream then by all means it could be good for that. I tend to use the brush to blend my foundation in after it has been applied to remove any patchy areas.

Foundation Brush 



When I took it out of the packaging I was a little disappointed at how small it was, I was expecting quite a thick bristled, more shapely brush but, it is fairly flat and thin. Even though I don't feel it is good for foundation I have used it to blend in my concealer, this way I am not clogging up the same brush with foundation and concealer.

Defining Eye Brush 




This has turned out to be the best brush I own for working in the crease of the eye, I normally use the Real Techniques eye shadow one, but that tends to be a little too big. The slanted angle makes it so much easier to use to get the definition of a darker shade in the crease without smudging onto the eyelid. It is extremely dense so you can really apply the pressure to parts where needed without the bristles collapsing underneath. The only downside I find to this brush is that it feels a little bit harsh on the edge of the bristles which isn't the nicest feeling but it isn't drastic and you do get used to it.


Small Angled Brush 



 

How cute is it?! Okay, so I might sound a little crazy but I just love it and yes that is just down to the size. The bristles are silky soft but very compact which is exactly what I have been hunting down for the perfect brow brush. It has given my brows more definition and works wonders alongside my current brow product, but I would love to test it further with powders and gel's to see how it works. I wish that I had purchased another one of these as it is the exact size brush needed to apply eye shadows under the lower lash line!!

Bronzing Brush




Finally, we have reached my favourite brush of them all!!! The bronzing brush is amazing when contouring, how I have lived without it is beyond me, I have used it every single day. It really is the perfect size and shape to use under my cheekbones, and on occasions I have used it to apply highlighter as well. However, it may be my favourite but it has come up stumps a little with it being another brush being on the harsh side!

All in all I do like the brushes, they do their job and I will never not use them. But, I do feel that the quality of the brush does reflect on the price of them, they are such a bargain of around £2-£3 which you cannot complain at just don't expect the quality of a high end product. If you are on a budget or just starting out to build up your collection, I would still recommend elf brushes.

Have you used any of these products before? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.


Manchester Vlog




My second ever video is now on YouTube, no matter how many times I say this my stomach does flips, I feel my voice go shaky, my palms a little sweaty and I just want to jump up and down with excitement. Yeah you can tell I don't get out very much.

It was even worse filming in the street than in my bedroom, I'm not exactly sure why I was so nervous last week, nobody could see or hear me when filming, yet I made myself walk down the streets of Manchester talking into a camera like a loser (well in their eyes anyway). I am very proud of the outcome, it may only be short but it took a lot of guts and courage to film and every step I take is a learning curve.

Alongside filming my trip I had to take a few cheeky little pictures of my food (obvious instagram shots), though I have to say I have managed to make my burger look a little bit plastic.

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