Tuesday, September 22, 2015

REAL TECHNIQUES | BOLD METALS COLLECTION



I have been waiting for this collection to arrive in Australia from the very first day that the Sam and Nic showed us a sneak peak on their Instagram account.  When Priceline announced their arrival, I was out the door, in the store with my wallet out and ready to spend. 

I've always been such a fan of a the Real Techniques range, and loved that they created such an affordable make up brush range which rivalled the quality of many of their expensive beauty brand counter parts.  Like many of you, I was shocked when the prices were first released and my jaw hit the floor.  However,  when you feel these brushes and work with them, you soon realise they're a luxury brush that happens to be sold and distributed to the drug store. When comparing these brushes to MAC, they're still significantly less expensive by $10 to $15 a pop.  

They are designed so well and you can tell Nic and Sam really didn't spare any detail. The first thing which catches every beauty lovers eyes is the amazing colour,  how can you go wrong with gold, silver and rose gold? Not only is it about the beauty of these products which catch your eye but the quality of these brushes speak for themselves. The bristles are soft, each brush has a significant amount of weight to them to assist with controlled make up application and the ends of the brush handle are tapered so you can lay them flat on your counter or work space without having them roll around. 

101 - TRIANGLE FOUNDATION BRUSH ($58.99AUD) 
This brush was the stand out in the range for me. Its unique 3D triangular shape allows for even application and distribution of foundation across the face. Its design also allows you to get around those difficult parts like the curve of your nose and under your eyes. I adore that it is dense, which makes blending the product into the face significantly easier, definitely worth a go. 

100 - ARCHED POWER BRUSH ($64.99AUD, when compared to MAC Power Brush $85AUD)

When I use this brush, it just makes me feel like I belong in a old hollywood film, with my silk robe and red lipstick. This brush is just decedent, and  has glamour all written all over it. The bristles are extremely soft, and the brush is so large it covers the full surface of your face easily and evenly - making it easier to avoid that dreaded cake face. 
300 - TAPERED BLUSH BRUSH ($58.99AUG, when compared to MAC blush brush $70AUD).
Love love love this brush. The dome is so perfectly sized to apply brush to the cheeks. I've always found with blush brushes, the the dome is too large to concentrate specifically on the apples of the cheeks. The bristles like the rest of the range are densely packed in together, to make it easier to pack on the colour as required. 

200 - OVAL SHADOW BRUSH ($38.99AUD)

While this brush is designed for the eye, I find it too large to control on the eyelids. I actually have found a new love for using this blush to apply highlighter to the high points of my cheeks. 

I'll notice, I haven't spoken about the 301 Flat Contour Brush, and the honest truth is I'm still testing it out. I'm not a fan of utilising it for contour, because of it's density, I think it applies to much product for it to look natural. I'm currently in the midst of testing it with cream products and will report back. 

If you only had to get two pieces out of the range, I would definitely recommend the 300 and the 101. 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

TRAVEL TAN BY CUSTOM TAN


Believe it or not, I've actually never used a self tanner.  I have a natural olive skin tone, but with the relentless Melbourne winter and being cooped up in an office for hours on end, I'm starting to look paler and paler.

If I'm being completely honest,  I've always been terrified of using a self tanner. I  have fear turning the colour of an oompa loompa. So, when I discovered a gradual self tanner, I knew it would be the safer alternative for someone who is a newbie and scaredy cat like me. 

First and foremost, the packaging is wonderful, easy to use, travel friendly and comes in a squeeze pouch, how can you not love it? It reminds me of those yogurt pouches in the supermarket that I'm always too embarrassed to buy because they're made for kids! Not only is the packaging great, but the product smells like vanilla shortbread. 

The gradual self tan is white, and then builds into the skin invisibly. The formula itself is very moisturising and felt great to apply on the skin. I used it every day for a week, and my skin ended up having a very natural tan, which looked like I had been holidaying in the Bahamas. This product is also formulated with a sunscreen, so I'll be pulling this delight out when the sun starts creeping out and the skirts start coming out. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TOO FACED | BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION



I'm always very skeptical when there is hype around a foundation, mostly because my skin type is very temperamental and all foundations wear quite badly on me throughout the day.  When the bloggers-sphere went into meltdown over this product I still had my reservations, many were comparing it to Make Up Forever HD, and while that foundation is great when first applied I find it separates throughout the day, particularly around my oily t-zone. 

All I can say, is this foundation for me is ten times better than MUFE HD. After wearing it across 3 full days of work (which for me consistent of 10 to 12 hour days at times), this foundation was resilient and was still on the skin, which for anyone who has an oily/combination skin type is a complete and utter unexpected win. 

What makes me even happier, is it lasts on the face and it's not completely matte. There is nothing I hate more, than turning myself into a zombie with matte foundation only to have to bring my skin back to life using an excessive amount of contour, blush and highlight. This foundation is more of a satin, and reminds me very much of Nars Sheer Glow, but lasts  a lot longer on the skin.  The only slight negative is that you have to be careful when pumping out this product. One pump gives you a little bit too much product, but really that's a flaw I can live with. With half a pump, this product gives you the move amazing medium to full coverage on your skin. 

Also, not that it matters for all people but this foundation is  encased in a beautiful glass bottle, which just makes me feel a little extra special when using it each morning.  I have to say you definitely  need to give this a go if you have issues with your foundation lasting throughout the day.



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