Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Nanshy Eye Brush Set

Finding the right make up brushes for yourself is so important. What works for one person, might not work for you, and I'm lucky enough to have a collection of brushes that I love. The Eye Brush Set* from Nanshy is a seven piece set, and has every brush you will need to create the perfect look. 




L-R: Precise Bent Eyeliner Brush / Angled Detailer Brush / Flat Definer Brush / Blending Eyeshadow Brush / Tapered Eye Crease Brush / Eye Crease Brush / Large Shader Brush

All the brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty free, which was approved by PETA.org, so are suitable for use by everyone. The bristles are antibacterial and synthetic, and their website states that they don't shed either. I use the brushes every morning when I apply my make up, and have done for the past couple of weeks and they are still in excellent condition. The brushes handles are a pearl colour, which make them look fairly elegant. 

When I first used the brushes, I immediately noticed how firm the bristles are while still being extremely soft. The shader brush is great for applying shadow all over the lid, and obviously both crease brushes are perfect for adding definition to the eye. I have wanted the infamous MAC 217 brush for so long, but I think I may have found a brilliant alternative with the blending brush from Nanshy! My favourite brush out of the set has to be the angled detailer brush. As I have quite sparse looking eyebrows, I have to draw them in every day and I choose to use a brown shadow to do this. I have tried other methods but this is the one that works the best for me, and the Nanshy brush is the best I have ever used, with it's strong bristles and great shape.

I'm so pleased to have this set, as it has made the whole process of applying eye make up easier and the result is amazing. If you click here you can read more about the brushes and also get a special discount code for the set, which is only available for a limited time!

Let me know if you buy the brushes and how you got on with them!

Thanks for reading,

Amy x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

University Series #7 - My First Weeks At University

I have been a little absent from my blog recently, sorry! It's because at the end of last month I started my first year of university, studying Public Relations and Digital Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. So far I'm really enjoying it and definitely feel like I picked the right course. I thought writing about my experience so far would be lovely addition to my University Series.




On the first day, bad luck struck as it usually does for me. The strap on the new bag I bought broke literally one minute after leaving my house. Luckily there were two shorter handles so I could carry the bag in the crook of my arm but I was so disappointed, it was the first time I'd ever used it! Just so you know, it was the Thilmore Triple Tote Bag from Oasis. Despite the fact it broke, I have decided to keep it as it still carries quite a bit.

Luckily, I managed to find a new people who were also doing my course through Twitter and groups on Facebook before we all actually started, so that meant we could all meet up before our first lectures and tutorials. As I'm living at home and commuting to uni, I was really worried that I'd feel really out of the loop or not make many friends, but so far everyone is lovely and I don't feel like I'm missing out too much! Obviously a part of me wishes I had moved out so I could experience the full student lifestyle, but I have next year for that. Though, if there's one thing I regret about the first week, it's not making the most of freshers week.

I find university similar to college in some ways, like the fact I'm still just getting the bus in (sigh), but the workload and the way you are taught are completely different. In college you are given the opportunity to participate in every lesson and get to know your tutors as you are around them quite often. However in university, especially in lectures, you turn up, listen and take notes for the whole lecture. I think I'm definitely going to have to improve the speed I write at or learn shorthand just to be able to keep up! It also feels like you are given more of a free reign, as you aren't chased by your tutors to do your work or treated like children which I think is refreshing.

Aspiring to work in PR means that I need to work extremely hard as it one of the most sought after career paths. Work experience is crucial for this type of job, so to add to my portfolio, I have started offering free PR services to local music artists/small businesses. So far I am helping out Caves, an indie band you're sure to love if you like The Libertines and Bombay Bicycle Club, check them out! If you want to know more about the services just drop me an email, it's in the sidebar.

As I've only been in university properly for two weeks, I don't have too much to write about but I do know I'm loving the course even though there's a lot of hard work involved, and I can't wait to see where it's going to take me!

Thank you for reading,

Amy x