Real Techniques fine liner brush..

Sorry about not posting anything sooner – But I am half way around the world… in India… For those who don’t know, I am here for my sisters’ wedding, my wedding and will have very limited time to post here until the weekend of 20/21st of December.. The no. of posts per week may go down to one.. Just wanted to give you all a heads up..

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Back to the review.. Here are my thoughts on the fine liner brush by Real Techniques… If you’ve been following my posts, you would know that I absolutely love my gel eyeliners and use them on a daily basis.. Having a good eye liner brush is key to a defined eyeliner look.. I own brushes from MAC, Sigma, drugstore brands, etc.. but I really enjoy the fine liner brush by Samantha Chapman.. The brush is a good brush at drugstore price range (about $6) and is made of synthetic fibres.. this makes it convenient for cleaning and washes the color right off…

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The brush is not bulky and is quite thin.. This enables drawing on a precise, thin line for cat eye effect… I own three of these and really love it and will continue to purchase it..

Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge..

If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive alternative to the beautyblender sponge, this is a great option.. It is the Real techniques Miracle complexion sponge.. Priced at  $6, it is an excellent value for money.. I have two of these and love them..

These pictures were taken without wetting the sponge.. The sponge swells up to twice its size when soaked in water..

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I use the sponge as follows:

Rinse the sponge in luke warm water till it swells up.. squeeze out excess water from the sponge.. I then dab on foundation using the Real techniques buffing brush and buff in into my skin.. It is at this stage that I dab my foundation with the RT sponge.. The sponge somehow makes the foundation blend into the skin and gives a more natural finish.. removing any cakey-ness or powdery-ness..

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If I am using a light concealer under my eyes (for a highlighted look), I once again use this sponge to give a more blended look..

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The cuts on the sponge are perfect for different areas of the face – corners around the nose, under the eyes, larger areas of the face, etc.. Overall, I would highly recommend this especially if you are struggling with cakey-ness.. I haven’t tried washing them though as they are pretty much clean since I use this after using a brush for applying & blending the foundation.. Will need to test that out..

Loreal Youth Code texture perfector serum..

In my hope to get my skin as perfect as possible for my wedding, I have been trying quite a bit of skin care products.. One of them is the Loreal Paris Youth Code texture perfector serum.. It is a serum concentrate that claims to perfect skin quality by refining uneven texture, pores and lines.. The product is quite expensive considering its a drugstore product – costs almost $25 at local drugstores for a 30ml bottle.. Yeah, its not a lot of product either..

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Instructions on the packet is to use it before using your moisturizer and applying both in the morning and at night on your face and neck.. Follow by massaging till the product is completely absorbed.. This product is recommended for all skin types.. The packaging is quite good with a pump on the top.. It gives good control over the amount of product that comes out..

The serum is quite lightweight and the best part is that it is not sticky! Most serums I have used before almost feel tacky to touch while application and usually leave behind a shine.. This youth code serum leaves behind an almost semi-matte finish.. no oiliness or stickiness as seen in the images below.. This makes it ideal to use under makeup and for oily or combination skin gals..

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Images in indoor lighting: L-Unblended; R-Blended

 

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Images in daylight: L-Unblended; R-Blended

It contains two key ingredients – Perline-P and LR2412.. It’s the Perline-P that improves the quality of skin – pores, lines and uneven texture.. LR2412 is supposed to visibly correct the skin (not sure what this does)!

Now for the results: I could see a noticeable difference within a couple of days (using it twice a day-morning & night).. And now a few weeks of using it, I do notice that my skin has become more even.. The blemish scars especially seem to have become less deep on the skin.. Some smaller scars have almost disappeared.. So, I am clearly going to continue using this product at least till I finish this bottle.. It did stand up to its claim.. I will repurchase it if I feel that my skin needs some more evening out.. For now I use this once a day now (mornings) and use the Embryolisse spot lightening serum at night..
Overall, a great drugstore serum that works!

Maybelline Baby lips..

Maybelline Baby lips..

I was super excited to try out the Baby lips moisturizing lip balm by Maybelline.. They cost about $4 and come in 6 colors/flavors..I chose to try the flavors Peppermint and Cherry Me.. Peppermint is translucent with no color and Cherry me is a red colored lip balm.. Both are quite sheer.. but I like ‘Cherry me’ for days I don’t wanna wear lipstick/lipstains or when I am just walking around the house.. I used peppermint almost every day under or over my lip products until I found the Jack Black lip balms!!.. Now, these stay unused for the most part..

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Left: Cherry Me; Right: Peppermint

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The website claims it to be 8 hour moisturizing, renewing formula.. They apply very smoothly onto lips and instantly my lips feel nourished.. These lip balms are very moisturizing, no doubt.. but I am not sure if it stays true to its 8-hour moisture claim.. It keeps my lips moisturized and supple for about 1-2 hours, not more.. I feel the need to reapply after that..

Overall, I like these lip balms for their price and relative effectiveness and would consider repurchasing them..

Sonia Kashuk brushes review..

I had purchased these brushes by Sonia Kashuk a while back and wanted to use them for a while before I could review them.. The brushes are:

1. Sonia Kashuk Tools No. 20 LARGE DOMED EYE SHADOW BRUSH – This is a round, fluffy eye brush.. I use it most for blending, not so much for applying the eyeshadow.. It is quite soft and comfortable to use around the delicate eye area.. Made from all natural 100% cruelty free goat hair.. costs $9.59-$12.19 at Target.

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2. Sonia Kashuk SYNTHETIC CREASE SHADOW BRUSH – This is a smaller, stiffer, round edged brush.. I use this most for applying concealer around my eyes, nose and mouth.. It can also be used to apply eyeshadow to demarcate the crease of the eye..

It is not the softest brush I have ever used but it does not poke the  skin around the eyes.. Made of synthetic nylon – cost around $9.49-$10.79 at Target… I would pass on this and spend that money on a Real Techniques brush instead.. Image

Overall, these make a decent addition to my growing brush collection.. I much prefer the Real Techniques brushes, especially considering they are around the same price range..  🙂

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Sephora Friends and Family Sale 2013 Haul.. :-)

Well.. simply put – Sephora was having the Friends & family sale and I managed to get the 20% off code and of course I couldn’t resist.. 🙂

Here is a look at what I purchased..

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I have been very curious about the Hourglass ambient lighting powders and couldn’t decide which one to get.. so ended up buying a full size of the product in ‘Dim Light’ and the Hourglass Ambient lighting palette featuring Dim light, Incandescent light and Radiant light.. I fell so much in love with these Ambient lighting powders that I have ordered another one!!

I was also color matched to the Hourglass Immaculate foundation in ‘Beige’ during the Sephora color IQ test.. Had tried the sample and fell in love.. I had been waiting for the 20% off sale to purchase this one since its so damn expensive ($55)! Finally got it!

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I also had a few other items on my list that I wanted to get when the Sephora sale would start.. So, I purchased NARS powder blush in ‘Liberte’ , Laura Mercier Rouge noveau weightless lipstick in ‘Cafe’, Anastasia brow wiz in ‘Ebony’, MUFE pro finish powder in #123, Shiseido facial cotton pads, Sephora cotton pads and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Travel Duo..

Also, redeemed 100 points for Miss Dior perfume.. Looks like I am set for a loooong time!

Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette..

This is the other Sleek product I purchased off of Amazon.. Sleek Ultra mattes v2 Darks Palette.. This is the neutral nude color version of the brights palette.. Costs $13.99 on amazon..

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Packaging is a simple, black hard plastic casing.. Inside, it comes with 12 eyeshadows, a dual ended sponge applicator and a decent sized mirror.. The colors range from white to neutrals to browns to grey to blues to green to purple to black..

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Swatches:

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Top row: L to R – Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune and Pillow Talk

Bottom row: L to R – Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villian and Fern

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Of the two palettes (Brights v1 Vs this), I actually prefer this.. Simply because there is a good mix of neutrals plus a few colors thrown in.. It is neither a complete nude colors palette nor a complete bright colors palette.. Also, the colors don’t feel chalky and none of the colors were disappointing.. This palette is good value for the money spent.. I would recommend this palette..