Real Techniques Blush brush & Limited edition brushes!

I was super excited when I saw the limited edition duo fiber brush set by Real Techniques at Ulta.. primarily because I am such a huge fan of the entire brush range and also of the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube.. I have all the Real techniques brushes except the kabuki brush (not a fan of kabuki brushes in general) and use them every single day.. I have more than one of the same kind for the ones I absolutely adore..

The limited edition set has 3 brushes.. two face brushes and one eye brush.. These brushes are extremely soft, just like the other brushes from the line… These are perfect for building intensity of color from light to dense…

The 3 brushes are:

  • Duo-Fiber Face Brush: For lightweight application + blending of face powder or pigments
  • Duo-Fiber Contour Brush: For controlled contouring + sculpting
  • Duo-Fiber Eye Brush: Add finishing touches to the eyes

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L to R: Blush brush, Duo-Fiber Face Brush, Duo-Fiber Contour Brush & Duo-Fiber Eye Brush

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I love the large face brush for applying my finishing or setting powder.. It gives a light finish like no other brush.. I use it with MAC mineralise powder natural.. I use the smaller face brush for contouring.. Its great to have a light contour effect and can be used to build it up.. and not look fake..

The eye brush is probably the least used of the lot but it does built up a  well blended crease.. just have patience with this one.. It builds up slowly..

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Overall, these brushes are great and I would recommend them to anybody who likes a natural look.. Its not meant for those who like the ‘made up’ or ‘caked-up’ look.. 🙂

Macademia Natural Oil – healing oil treatment..

Being an Indian with coarse & dry hair, I have tried many hair oils over the years.. My all time favorite has to be coconut oil.. It is inexpensive and quite nourishing for the hair.. However, its quite sticky and I do not like my hair to be weighed down by it.. So, I use the coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioning treatment.. I apply a small amount and spread it evenly onto my hair.. I then massage it into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation.. I usually leave this overnight and wash it off with shampoo the next day.. This can also be used 1-2 hours prior to hair wash..

So, I have been on the hunt for a light oil that I can use after washing my hair.. The hunt was over when I tried the ‘Macademia Natural Oil – healing oil treatment’.. I purchased a small trial size of 30ml first.. It is a non-sticky oil.. I use about a pea-size amount and apply it all over my hair – I repeat this twice since I have quite a bit of hair.. Its much easier to comb hair after use.. It makes my hair really smooth and doesn’t feel heavy on the hair.. The oil does not have any strong scent and I cannot smell anything once its in my hair..

I loved it so much that I had to get the larger size (125 ml)!

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Empties.. Hair products..

Holla, I had some empties to share with you all.. These are all hair products that I have used up..

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L to R: Ojon dry recovery hydrating shampoo & conditioner (trial size), Garnier Fructis Fortifying conditioner, Lush American cream conditioner and Organix Moroccan argan oil conditioner..

I have thick coarse hair of Indian origin and hence, I end up trying a lot of conditioners for my dry hair.. I have been testing the above products for some months now.. Of these, the only products I will consider repurchasing are the Lush and Organix conditioners.. I already have back-up of the American cream conditioner.. 😉  Its a great light-weight conditioner and doesn’t weigh your hair down..  I try and use the Organix conditioner once a week as a deep conditoner..

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what your thoughts are on these products.. 🙂

The Balm Rockstar palette Balm Jovi review..

I have been wanting to try some products from the brand ‘The Balm’ for quite some time now but never could convince myself to pay that kinda price for something I can’t see or feel in person.. I finally got sucked in after listening to Emily Noel on YouTube and reading on her blog (http://www.beautybroadcast.net/) and purchased the Rockstar palette Balm Jovi..

I instantly fell in love with the creativity and clever designing of the palette.. It is such a sleek palette, yet is sturdy.. It’s perfect for travel since its not bulky like most palettes that have more than eyeshadows.. The palette includes a mirror, 12 eyeshadows, a beautiful highlighter, a blush and two lip & cheek colors.. The Balm was clever about separating the powders from the lip & cheek colors by making a separate partition for the later..

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  • Front of the Palette

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  • Back of the palette giving an overview of what’s inside and listing ingredients..

The 12 eyeshadows include 4 shimmery, 4 matte and 4 satin colors.. So, there’s something for everyone.. The names are witty and are based off of rock artist names.. although I am not sure if the colors truly represent the artist! Anyway, the texture of these shadows is smooth.. even for the matte shades.. It glides on comfortably on the eyelids and has a good payoff.. I think all the colors are pretty much true to what you see in the palette… The swatches will surely vary depending on each person’s skintone… So, the dark navy blue color called ‘The Stroke’ looks more like black on my skin tone due to my yellow/brown skin..

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  • Close up of the 12 eyeshadows..

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  • Palette opened up on top.. Note the flap for the lip & cheek colors..

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  • Palette opened completely… displaying the lip & cheek colors..

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  • The mirror on the top half of the palette..

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  • Swatches of the eyeshadows..

My favorite in the palette has to be the highlighter! Its the best highlighter I have used (even compared to the Dior Amber diamond).. It has a beautiful buttery texture and is very soft.. One has to be careful with how much one takes onto the brush since it is extremely pigmented… or else you could look like a disco ball.. 😉

The blush is a simple peachy color.. It’s nice but not my favorite.. It may look better on lighter skin tones..

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  • Swatch of the highlighter and blush – Left: Direct swatch of Highlighter; Right: Highlighter blended out; Far right: Blush from the palette..

The lip & cheek colors are creamy and very pigmented.. They apply smoothly and last for a few hours on the lips.. I haven’t tried them on my cheeks yet since I have oily-combination skin and its spring season.. may try it in winter..PS IMG_5261

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The quality of these products makes me want to try more from this brand… Looking forward to the experience..

Let me know if you’ve tried any products from The Balm and what you think about it.. Thanks.. 🙂