Thursday, 23 February 2012


Real Techniques was designed by Youtube Makeup guru Samantha Chapman also known as Pixiwoo.  Her makeup tutorials are amazing and i've loved watching her and her sister for the past few year. I really suggest you check them out here.
So anyways...I seen on the pixiwoo blog that Samantha would be selling her brushes in Boots stores and it said my hometown on the list which i was very surprised about as Hartlepool is such a small boring town.  I went down to Boots and i couldn't see them anywhere then i finally noticed them at the VERY bottom of the rack which was abit stupid as they are new products and should be put where everyone can see them clearly.
There was the eye set, core set, stippling brush, powder brush and the eye shader brush... i didn't see the kabuki brush anywhere.
I decided to go for the eye brush set which is called 'Your eyes enhanced- starter set' because i need some new eye brushes as i lost my MAC 217 brush a few month back and havent been able to blend my shadows properly for a while and noticed this set has a blending brush.
The packaging is really nice and on the back it has a picture of Samantha, some information and tells you about the brushes which is great!
When i opened the packaging i noticed the panoramic case first (obviously lol) and it's very good quality, it's been made really well and is durable.  This doubles up as a brush stand as you can see in the last image below which is really handy but i'm not too fussed as i'll end up putting the brushes in my brush holder soon anyways but the brush stand is handy for travelling.
You get 5 brushes for £21.99 which is a great price considering MAC brushes cost around £14 on their own for an eye brush so you really are getting an amazing deal.
The brushes are VERY soft and i can tell they are excellent quality and will last me years.  I can also tell they are going to perform well and i'm so happy i purchased this set as i know i will get good use out of it.

The brushes included are;
BASE SHADOW BRUSH - which could also double up as a soft blending brush which is ideal.  
DELUXE CREASE BRUSH - which is the blending brush and is so soft and i can tell this will be my favourite.
ACCENT BRUSH - this is described on the box as a 'detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging' brush but i will use this for highlight under the brow and in the inner corners.
PIXEL POINT EYELINER BRUSH - i can't see me using this much unless i use gel liner but i like totally thin brushes for that, i will still try it and see how it works though.
BROW BRUSH - finally the brow brush which is obviously for... brows.  I can't wait to try this one out as i'm obsessed with brows and i use brow powder/eyeshadow to apply colour to my brows.

Have any of you tried the Real Techniques brushes?  I really want to get the stippling brush next as i've heard many good reviews on it.



 Heres my ELF haul which i got last week from the online store.  I have bought ELF products before and they are decent quality for the small price tag so thought i'd buy more things as i had an e-mail with a code for 20% off when spending £15 or more.  The reason i picked the concealer palette was because i have a huge Coastal Scents concealer palette which i use alot but carrying it around is a nightmare as its so large so i seen this little one from ELF studio line and thought i'd give it a try.  The lipstick shade is a shade i've been wearing alot recently so thought i'd try it as it would be perfect to chuck into my clutch bag for nights out and for the £3 price tag i wouldn't care if i lost it.  The lipliner was something i needed, like i said i've been wearing alot of dark deep red lipsticks recently and lost my mac red enriched a few month back so i seen this and for £1.50 you cant go wrong.  The blush was just a random purchase as i need something 'cheap and chic' to throw into my handbag for during the day as i hate putting my MAC and other high end blushes in my bag incase they shatter.  Then finally the eyebrow treat&tame - i have never used a tinted brow gel before and the 'treat' part is meant to help growth of the brows so i thought why not :)
Anyways heres a review for each product...

 LONGWEAR LIPLINER IN 'BITTER' - is a beautiful deep red which looks quite cherry red in the swatch but because of the flash it's kinda made it lighter than it is in real life.  It's a gorgeous dark raspberry shade which goes on really smooth and is so pigmented i can't beleive it was only £1.50

MINERAL LIPSTICK IN 'CHEERFUL CHERRY' - im so disappointed with this product, the colour is gorgeous BUT the lasting power is ridiculous.  I applied this on the weekend to go out for a night out with my friend, we were getting ready at her house and i did my lip makeup last.  I applied it and it was soooo smooth and glided on my lips and i was so happy with the dark cherry shade (helps make teeth look whiter!) but 15 minutes later when i looked in the mirror it looked as it i'd wiped it off with my hands or licked my lips for 15 minutes.  There was just no lasting power at all and i've NEVER had that with any lipstick, as you can see in the swatch one swipe isn't really all that so you have to apply it about three times to get the full pigmentation.  Total waste of £3

NAIL POLISH IN 'RED VELVET' - now this swatch totally makes the colour lighter (must play with the settings on my camera!) this is amazing, i seriously love this and for £1.50 i'd deffo buy more of these.  It's so pigmented, it barely chips... i've had this on my toes for the past 3 days and it looks perfect. The colour is very deep red with lots of shimmer to it, i'm gunna wear it on my nails this weekend so i will post a pic :) LOVE!

BLUSH IN 'TICKLED PINK' - now this was just a random purchase as you had to spend £15 or more to get the 20% discount and alot of the products i did want were out of stock.  I already have a blush from ELF in the shade 'candid coral' which is a dupe of Nars Orgasm and i really like the colour payoff and how its a more 'sheer' version of orgasm so thought i'd try a different shade.  This looked more of a darker pink on the ELF swatches online but when it came i noticed it was just a very sheer baby pink which is cool i guess... I've wore this once already and it's ok nothing special, just a slight wash of colour on the cheeks but it doesn't last for hours.  

COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER PALETTE IN 'MEDIUM' - the colours as you can see are all different from each other, i do like this palette but it's nothing like my coastal scents concealers - it's handy to pop into your handbag or if you're staying over somewhere as it's very small and compact, i need to play with these more to see how they are on the skin as i've tried it once but i used my collection2000 concealer on top...

TREAT & TAME BROWS IN 'MEDIUM' - I tried this today and i am pretty impressed.  The medium looks like it would be too light for my dark brows (i tinted them the other night) but once applied it looks fine and blends in perfectly.  The brush is decent sized and very dense, it also has small fibres on the end of the brush so it fills in your brows like those fibre mascaras make lashes longer.  The treat side im not so sure if it would actually help your brows grow but i will test it :) i have applied it today already and will apply it again tonight before bed and update you all in a few weeks because i do have quite sparse brows from overplucking in the past and would love to make them thicker.  

So as you can see i think ELF is hit or miss on most products.  I deffo suggest their lipliners as they are so cheap and very pigmented, nail polish is amazing and can't wait to buy more and a few other bits but stay well away from the mineral lipsticks URGH!

Whats your fave ELF products? :)


Tuesday, 7 February 2012


I got this as a Christmas present off the mother and it's such an amazing thing for any beauty obsessed girl to own.
20 mini lipsticks in various shades
mini lipliner in a shade which goes with all of the lipsticks
blending lip brush

I have only used two of the shades as im so scared to use them all incase i fall in love with a colour and end up running out of it (as they are mini sized)
The darkish reddy pink on the bottom right is my current fave as it looks so classy and can really glam up the face when you're wearing neutral colours on the eyes.
I dont think Boots will be selling this no more as they only bring out these sets during Christmas, but you may be able to grab one on ebay if your lucky, and if you do i suggest you get one asap!!!
I won't be buying tonnes of lipsticks for a while so this has helped me save money. 
Its like a little wardrobe of lipsticks, pick your outfit then open up this and find the perfect shade to match your outfit/makeup.
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