Teen make up kit guide

I was having a clear out the other day and put together a little goody bag for my niece Jessica, 13 years old,  to enhance her make up collection. 

It really got me thinking back to the days of when I first started experimenting with make up. 
Probably 10 years now, which not only makes me feel old, but makes me feel so sorry for my nieces generation. 
When I was 13 social media was just becoming a thing. It was all about myspace and who was in your ‘top friends’ and logging in and out of MSN to grab the attention of your crush. 
Who bee tee dubs, wasn’t worth my time, okay? 
There wasn’t daily selfies or FOTD’s to upload. I was free to make beauty mistakes and only I can remember the shame not the 600 facebook friends who can look at all your beauty blunders from the safety of their bedroom. 
So, there’s no point sitting here telling you what not to do. If you’re a young reader of mine or you have a family member or daughter who is just starting out with make up and you want to advise then read on my friends. 
This post is a guide on how to produce your own teen make up kit. 
Skin care
So I only started getting into skin care in my early twenties. Ugh I know, newb, but if you can start young your skin will thank you for it, I swear. 
So removing your make up is a biggy. No I don’t mean throwing a baby wipe at your skin and hoping for the best. 
I mean removing your make up properly so your face can breathe. 
A great make up remover in my opinion is the Garnier micellar cleansing water. It’s quick to use, meaning you’re more likely to use it. It removes face, lip and eye makeup #winning and its kind to your purse. 
You can read my full review here 
A posh word for clean. I’m sure it was a typo that some beauty buff was to embarrassed to correct. It will rid your skin of dirt and pollutants meaning your skin is less blemish prone. You don’t have to go mad with money. I use No7 cleansing milk twice a day and my skins pretty good (ignoring the monthly period pimples, groan) 
This is so important. If you have oily skin then I know this will seem stupid but hear me out. 
If you rob your skin of moisture it will produce more sebum (oil) to moisturise itself. When your skin does this it causes blemishes and spots. Adding a moisturiser twice a day will take you seconds but your skin will thank you for it. 
I use simple kind to skin replenishing moisturisers 
Okay! The fun stuff now, make up. 
I was lucky I come from a large family of women so could always pinch their cool products if I didn’t have one. To my sisters constant dismay. If you aren’t so lucky or you aren’t okay with appropriating your siblings property then read on to what I believe should be in your starter kit. 
Okay, spending money on these might not seem fun but they’ll make a huge difference on how easy your make up is and how good it looks. 
You wouldn’t put up a shelf without a hammer would you? (Well teebs, I wouldn’t even know how to put up a shelf but you know what I mean) 
So you’ll need a collection of eye brushes and face brushes. For value for money I always recommend the real techniques starter kit and core collection. These sets contain every brush a teen could need. Not cheap at approximately £40 combined but an investment you won’t regret. The brushes last for ages, improve the finish of your make up and come with their own Youtube channel for tips on how to use them. 
Put them on your birthday/Christmas lists girls. You will not be disappointed. 
I don’t care if you think this is over the top for a teenager. A good primer doesn’t have to be expensive. I currently love Maybelline instant pore eraser. It’s reasonably priced, lasts for ages and keeps make up on for longer. You can get other types depending on your skin issues but I love how similar this is to Porefessional by Benefit.
Now if you have clear skin I recommend a BB cream or Cc cream as they will not be so heavy on your skin and will keep your look as natural as possible (the mums reading this are loving me right now) your skin is beautiful and peachy, show it off. 
If your skin isn’t so clear than I recommend a foundation. Now there’s so many to choose from and I have so many I love but if your skin requires medium coverage and needs to be on budget then I personally love Bourjois healthy mix foundation.  It offers long lasting wear, perfect for long days at school, has a good SPF, meaning your skin care routine is shorter and again is not going to break the bank, read about it here
 Perfect for covering pesky spots and brightening under the eye. My go to favourite is the amazing collection lasting perfection concealer. Creamy, longevity, cheap as chips. I have tried high end concealers that whimper at the sight of this Bad boy
If investing in a good bronzer prevents you from frying your skin to look like a packet of ready salted crisps  then so be it. Honey bronze by body shop has been a firm daily fave of mine for nearly a year and I have barely hit pan. Its an incredible dupe for hoola which I’m sure your dying to own but can’t afford it. Save your pennies and take a walk on down to body shop. 
Face powder
Powders are no longer for old ladies. They keep everything in place and rather than lugging all your make up around school, take rimmels stay matte powder. Its slim and compact, reduces shine and restores flawlessness to your face whilst on your lunch break. 
There are so many types of blushers out there from liquid to tints to powders. I highly recommend makeup revolution blush palette. With 8 shades for £6 you could have a new look every day and still have one to spare. Variety is the spice of life! 
I’d recommend investing in two palettes when you’re starting out. You can always add more as you get on a bit. W7 from next in the buff, has all the nudes and transitional shades you could ask for. When you start learning how to perfect eye shadow, transitional shades are crucial. 
I’d then suggest a glittery night time palette. I had more of a social life back then and I would love to have owned make up revolution Flawless  palette. It has colours that suit all eye colours with just the right amount of glitter to take you through the weekend. 
You need a go to black mascara that lengthens and is voluminous. A personal fave of mine is the Rimmel scandaleyes mascara. 
 liquid or pencil, its personal preference. I’d suggest Rimmel scandaleyes thick and thin liner as it lasts a long time and is easy on the pennies whilst creating a multitude of looks. 
 I’d say you can go mad with this category as make up revolution and make up academy do lippies for a pound. I’d suggest a nude pink, nude brown,  and a coral. Red lipstick is great but is a little bit too grown up. If you wanna wear red I’d start with a balm or gloss first. 
£1 each 
So as you can see many of the products are favourites of mine anyway so aren’t childish or too young. They’re modern, brand aware companies delivering awesome products. 
The total cost to kit this out immediately would be £140 roughly. 
Which I know is expensive but I’d suggest getting them in increments and requesting more expensive items for Christmas and birthdays. 
Remember £40 of that are brushes. Without them the rest is just a waste. 
This is my own advice and as always you buy whatever you want, this is just what I wish the 13 year old me, would have had back in the day. 
Hope this helps. 
Lots of love 

A sordid affair with Rimmel lasting finish high coverage concealer

So I am a little bit of a cosmetic hussy. Hence the Brazen and the Rouge in case anyone was wondering. 

I go from product to product unable to commit to one sole product. Until this bad boy. 
The collection ultimate perfection concealer. 
Cheap, effective and high coverage, what more can you want? I thought that was it. 
A beach wedding, a small semi in Boscombe and 2.4 kids,  that was the future for me and Mrs Collection. 
You can read our love story here
Until I saw this crimson vixen flaunting herself in the aisles of Boots. 
In a small red circular pot with a screw top lid it caught my eye. 
The doe foot on Mrs Collection wasn’t the most hygienic on those repeat blemishes so I thought I’d take a ride on the wild side. 
Miss Rimmel promised me 25 hour stints of lasting high coverage and boy she was a goer, but more like 5 hours rather than 25. 
Christ I felt like Sting. 
Her screw top lingerie annoyed me slightly, as nice as its curves looked in person (or pot rather) it was a nuisance to get the lid back on after our chance encounters. 
Miss Rimmel felt beautiful and creamy, benefiting from some light rubbing to warm her up between your fingers. When she was was blended smoothly on my finger tips, she did not settle or stray in my fine lines or flake around spots. 
She might sound like the perfect mistress but she did have her faults. 
Although covering a spot was no problem for her, and oh boy was she good at it. When the going got tough and my bags got darker, she dragged her heels across the delicate under eye area making that Kimmy K V shape nigh on impossible. 
I became frustrated and I began to miss that doe foot sweeping across my skin. 
Mrs Collection doesn’t know about my sordid affair with Miss Rimmel. I am all too weak and can not choose between the two. 
Mrs Collection is perfect for dinner dates, everyday application and cuddling after. 
I drop Miss Rimmel a dirty DM whenever a humdinger of a spot raises on my chin. She’s so good at making it disappear, she’s just not everyday wifey material. 
Hands up if you’ve never read a love triangle so strange? 
Let me know if you thought Rimmel lasting finish high coverage concealer was wifeable? With 3 shades the selection isn’t the best but if you find the right one for you, then wow you’re in for a treat. 
Here’s a quick swatch she let me keep for old times sake. 
At £5.49 she isn’t the most expensive concealer on the shelves. Winkie face! I said Winkie face God dammit. Check her out here.
Hope this helps, 

Maybe she’s born with it, Dream flawless nude fluid touch review. 

Maybelline Dream flawless nude 

Fluid touch foundation 
20 ml 
So this was a total whim purchase, I saw this beautiful bottle and had to have it. It’s got this ombre style effect on the bottle but at 20ml I believe thats it is quite dinky for the price. 
However that makes it better for fitting in your make up bag, so swings and that. 
When you unscrew the top your met with an applicator wand. 


 I personally strongly dislike the applicator. It’s too scratchy to apply straight to the skin and I can see there being a lot of waste towards the end of this products life as you won’t be able to access the edge of the bottle. Not great for girls on a budget.
The formula itself is really lightweight and feels similar to the Armani Maestro foundation I tried once. It is very sheer on the skin and even my freckles can be seen through the product. It leaves quite a pleasant finish, almost like a powdery matte effect. It almost makes your skin look like its being shot in soft focus. 
Well, thats if you have good skin. I did find that it was not moisturising enough for me and my dry skin felt rather taut. Having a few blemishes on my skin also, (such a lucky girl me) I did find that the formula clung to the edges of the blemishes leaving me with a flaky finish. 


The foundation lasted through an hours gym session really well and here’s a before and after shot. It was set with a Ben Nye powder and it barely moved. 


Through out the course of a night shift I did notice that 7 hours in that the product had faded but it did not bunch or disintegrate on my face. Which is a plus for me. Fading I can contend with, patchy I can not. 
I found that I could not use a beauty blender or brush with this as it was so lightweight and any tools drank it all up. 
My tips for application would be to take the applicator and dot the products on your 4 clean fingers. Then blend the product on with those fingers until you’ve reached the desired effect. 
I will state that the smell of this product was rather strong and when applied near to my eyes the fumes did sting slightly which is rather concerning. 
The shade range is rather poor as frequently demonstrated by the drugstore/ high street and only caters for fair to medium skin tones with 7 shades. 
For the price of this product, I would not repurchase for my own benefit. However it looked absolutely beautiful on my sisters oily/combo skin. 
Once again, I hope this helps 
Lots of love, 

Drawer diving. Brazenrouge style. 

Who doesn’t love a good snoop around someone else’s drawers? 

Not like that you Philistine. Hash tag winky face emoji. 

I know I love posts where I can gather inspiration from others, have a look at how others organise their storage and see what purse friendly storage techniques others use to make their home Pinterest worthy. 


I call my space my make up station. Others refer to theirs as a dressing table, or some may use an en suite. 
I call mine my make up station as this is where all things beautifying happen. I put my face on here, I trial new products here, I make over other ladies and I write about my love of cosmetics, all from this one space. 
It is my happy space and for someone who is naturally messy and hoards everything in sight, it is the one space that I am territorial over. 

Still a long way to go with the aesthetics as I would like to add some paperchase post cards but it fulfills its purpose. 

The table is actually a desk and not a dressing table at all. I purchased this from the micke range at Ikea. For those of you who regularly see the malm dressing table, you may know that they’re actually very long and even though I have a decent sized bedroom due to doors and in built wardrobes I only had a specfic place where my station could go. Micke is the perfect fit and is brilliant because there is lots of desk space and there is a hole at the back of the desk where wires can be fed through. There is a thin wide drawer where larger items can live, a thin deep drawer where all my blog odds and sods live, scrabble tiles, tripod e.t.c. plus a set of shelves where my hair appliances live. 

So as you can see its easy to stay organised in a Micke space and for £60 its more than affordable. 

To take the space from study to beauty I purchased a mahoosive square mirror from Ikea but unfortunately I can not remember the name of the designer. It was £15 which I remember thinking was a huge bargain and it is for the amount of mirror you get for your money. Mine is placed leaning on the wall to prevent adding any holes to the wall, damn rental! 

Moving on to the fun bit, readers of brazenrouge will know all about my love  of acrylic stackers and I’ve wrote about the beautiful plastic that keeps my bank balance low and my aspirations high, if you’re undecided on whether these are a good choice for you or not check out that post here

So I have added to my collection since we last spoke about the stackers  and we have had a little move around in my station. 

So here’s how I’m organising my station at present;
I keep my make up brushes in this aluminium plant pot, from Ikea, it was about £1.50 and added a real juxtaposition between the softness of the beautiful girly brushes to a real industrial no frills holder. 

I really like incorporating that into all my interior and even my style at the moment, I like the composition between opposites and will often wear a tailored white shirt with a loud brash pair of harem pants. My bedrooms no different, but thats just my personal taste.  

I keep my eyeshadows and palettes in the long thin drawers and find that having the more visible means I am more likely to use them. 
I also keep my contouring kits in one of these drawers as they seem to fit perfectly and it makes them so much easier to find. 

In the 6 drawers stackers tend to be a variety of highlighter, blusher and bronzer although Maybelline colour tattoo’s just fit beautifully so they have pride of place there also. Having a quantity of different face products in front of me at eye level has definitely helped me switch up my daily routine and has got me out of the powder pink blush rut I had fallen into. 

The top compartment is a bit of a jumble but there is method to my madness. The issue is that the compartments can only fit certain sized products. 
I have all my eyeliners up here free standing, it makes it  so easy to see on those early starts what I have at my disposal rather than my desired eyeline lying abandoned under a summer bronzer you’re not going to use for three months. 
I also keep all my concealers up here and although I am a creature of habit and stick to the same two concealers normally sometimes remembering I have other options keeps me from becoming lazy with application. 

I keep my highlighters and benetint up here and I have to say it is the perfect size for the mini benefit items. They fit beautifully and I reach for high beam every day rather than forgetting I own it because its got lost in some crevice of a dirty make up bag. 
I also keep a loose powder tucked up here behind my favourite perfume for when I just need a quick touch up. 

Moving alongside the desk near to my lamp which is a God send for those dark winter nights tapping away is my lipstick stacker. 
The top tier was my first ever stacker purchase from amazon and I still love it. 
The bottom row contains red lipsticks, the second row are nude browns, the third is pink shades followed by the top row containing all my berries and plums. 

Sometimes the shades I wear don’t always fit directly into these categories so I take the strongest note of colour and pop it in there. I also place the lippies in bottoms up, so I can see the name and number of the shades. 


I have three small drawers beneath that, the top two containing lip balms and lip glosses, the items I am least likely to wear, I find gloss so annoying but it is easier to maintain than a matte lip so I always keep some close. 
The bottom drawer contains the beginnings of a lip liner-holic. Only a few shades but its grown exponentially and I blame Kylie Jenner! I’ve bought more lip liners over the last 6 months then I have done in 13 years of wearing make up. 

Finally moving on is my final piece, an arena style stacker. It conceals my eyebrow kits and houses 9 mascaras, I love having them all in plain view as I really can mix it up depending on my mood. I also keep my make up revolution blush sticks and laquers here, they fit perfectly and my brush often finds itself tempted by the vivid pops of colours these bad boys produce. 

So a lot of thought goes into this space and its constantly evolving as new products are introduced and old favourites are forgotten. 


The wide long drawer is a bit of an Aladdin’s cave as you’re about find out but its a life saver. 

So the back left drawers is home to the odds and sods, such as business cards and lash curlers, they take up a lot of room and aren’t the most beautiful to look at so they are relegated. 
In front of them are the useful and miscellaneous. I have no clue what catagroy they fall under but I use them daily so they are close by. Cotton buds, primers and lip scrubs can be found here. 

The back middle drawers contains all my nail polishes. I rarely paint my nails due to uniform regulations at work boo! But when I do its always a dark deep passionate colours and they can be found back there alongside, remover and decals. 


The back right drawer is my lotion and potion drawers, containing a mix of soap and glory products, this turns Sunday night bath nights into something even more luxe. I’m slipping and sliding all over the place but its a once a week job for the thick butters so there they are. 


 And last but not least are my foundation boxes. I have split these into categories of oily foundations and dry skin foundations and use according to what my skins telling me that week. It is having a diva week at the moment according to the strip of spots on my mouth to cheek area. 
Having the laid out neatly helps me use a variety of products and I never seem to neglect the cheaper products as they are laid out side by side. I have come to learn what foundation works best under what conditions and task them accordingly. 

So my shelves are far from interesting but I am not one to hide away. Rollers, brushes, dry shampoo and boxes of the absconders that are known an kirby grips. 

I keep my skin care in the bathroom due to the late nights, I don’t want to wake the old man up by turning the light on to remove my make up. 

So there you go, a quick snoop into my make up storage. 

I hope this helped and let me know where you keep your make up or if you have any suggestions for me on how to better utilise the space. 

Lots of love 



Join the Revolution! Blushers unite!

Hey peeps,

You all know, I gotta lorra lorra love (ay-up, Cilla!) for make up revolution.
I am a serious fan girl but that isn’t to say that the budget beauty brand doesn’t still have to work its socks off to win me over with its new releases.
Makeup revolution is available at superdrug in the UK and its products start from as little as a quid.

I was extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to review the one blush stick in matte pink and dream.

The outer packaging isn’t much to scream about. Plain black cardboard with a band of the corresponding product colour around the top to indicate what goodness lies within.
Now this is a good idea in my opinion but it goes a little bit awry.

The actual packaging is beautiful. It appears to be very similar to NARS multiple. It comes in a black wind up tube with product inside that I can never see ending. The products I received came in a matte black tube or a gloss black tube. The matte black corresponds with the matte shades and the gloss tubes correspond with the sheer shades.
Don’t get me wrong the product packaging is beautiful but you cannot tell what colour is in which tube. Hello aggro!
So listen up Revvers! Take the thin band of colour off the cardboard and onto the tube. We chuck the cardboard away and mornings are confusing enough without the element of guess work.

I took the lid off each tube and was met with this;

Whoa! I know, bright isn’t it?
The pink shade is clearly the ‘matte pink’ shade and the shimmery lilac is ‘dream’

I was a little bit intimidated by ‘matte pink’ so decided to give ‘dream’ a test drive.

Dream is a light shimmery lilac which is a very pale highlighter.
The texture is beautiful and really easy to apply.
Here are some swatches,



As you can see Dream pretty much disappears. Well it does and it doesn’t. The colour disappears but leaves behind an iridescent shimmer. I believe its too light to be worn as a blusher but may be the perfect addition in your contouring arsenal.

Its very comfortable to wear but due to its creamy texture I do feel that it wore away after about 3 hours.
I would recommend wearing a setting powder over the top. This took its staying power to 6 hours when I tested it.

As it was quite a light shade I felt confident enough to blend out with my fingers. This looked really quite pretty and natural but it wasn’t quite the pop of colour I was after from a blush stick.

All in all a pretty highlighter but not a great blusher.

I hate to kick a product whilst its down too but, this is also marketed as a lip product.
It looked frosty and made my teeth look really yellow. It was seriously 1981 and not very flattering.


But then, oh. I, can’t, even. Wait. Okay, then I tried the ‘matte pink’
Oh em gee.
This is the bees knees. It is a bright bubble gum pink with blue undertones. It is so vibrant in the tube, you can see why I was intimidated. I pushed this product onto the skin rather than drag it. The colour is extremely pigmented and the colour pay off is so intense.
I took my real techniques stippling brush and buffed it in. It blended so beautifully and gave this flush of colour on my cheeks that I haven’t been able to put down. By pushing the product on and buffing it with a stippling brush it did not disturb my base at all. A common complaint I have with cream blushers.
I set the blusher with some stay matte powder to keep it in place and this has some serious staying power. A full 8 hours and I still look rosy.
This is one of my January favourites and I can see this lasting a life time.

Here are a few shots;



So like I mentioned previously these are also marketed as lip products.
The matte pink looks beautiful on and is so matte. Its a really strong modern look and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. The only let down is that a lot of product is transferred from contact. Maybe a coat of lipcote would solve this.

All in all, Dream is a pretty highlighter and matte pink is a gorgeous HG blusher. I’m never a fan of putting blushers on your lips so I would suggest you ignore that as a feature. But matte pink as a blusher is just beaut!

You can buy these here
For only £5


Hope this helps



*this product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review*