Review: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

February 5, 2014 § 4 Comments

Hello, girls!

Today’s turn is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I got this brush back in August (haul here) and have been using it non-stop. As you already know, Real Techniques is the brushes brand by Samantha Chapman, one of the Pixiwoo sisters. The Expert Face Brush is maybe the most famous of these brushes, and I now I understand why.

The brush: the bristles are very dense, but extremely soft at the same time. I like how bendable yet firm it can be – don’t know it you get me. It really gives the perfect flawless and airbrush finish without showing any kind of unesthetic strikes on your face.

real techniques

Clean the brush: concerning the cleansing side, at first I thought that the white tips were going to suck the product in and never come back to white. Well, I was wrong. The brush can be cleaned to its original status perfectly (as long as you avoid to leave there the foundation for more than two weeks). Generally, I use only the elf Daily Brush Cleanser but once every two/three weeks (depending on how much I used the brush) I fully clean it with a simple hand bio soap.

Use the brush: personally, I find it works amazing on liquid foundations and I always use this one whenever I don’t want to apply the base with my fingers. However, I am surprised on how versatile this brush can be. It works great to apply powder too, especially to set concealer under the eyes or around the mouth and nose (despite being quite large for those areas). And, incredibly, it works to apply brush (either cream or powder) too. I wish I could have another one so that I can use one to apply foundation and the other for the powder and the blush.

Overall 10/10: I really couldn’t love this brush more. No wonders why it was included in my “Best of 2013” products! It is definitely a must-have for all you brushes lovers. And even if you don’t like to use face brushes (neither did I before this one), I can promise that after trying this brush you will never want to use your fingers for the foundation! Moreover, for its price (I got mine between 8-9€ on Maquillalia.com), it’s an amazing tool. I could not recommend it more!

What other Real Techniques brushes would you suggest me to get? I definitely want more now that I am so in love with this one!

Stay beautiful.

L

The 2013 recap: the best of the best!

January 7, 2014 § 9 Comments

Hello!

Before starting with my 2013 favorites, I have to wish you the brightest new year ever! I wish that all of your wishes come true and that you can find what you are looking for! Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a super happy new year!!!

A big hug for all of you!!!

And here are the winners of my 2013!!!

—————-❤ Random Beauty Things —————-

SkinCare

  • Lush – Roots (hair treatment): the hair mask that changed my life. I’m never going to stop using, it’s perfection!!! (review here)
  • Lush – Honey I Washed the Kids (soap): the smell is amazing, and it leaves my hands super soft. I also use it to wash my face, from time to time..shhh, don’t tell! 😛
  • Lush – Porridge (soap/scrub): in Italian it’s called “Il Signore dei Granelli” and it stands for “The lord of the grains” and it’s an amazing body scrub, plus it smells amazing!
  • Equilibra – Scrub corpo rimodellante (body scrub): it a mix of salt and oils and not only does it scrub my skin perfectly, but it hydrates it amazingly
  • Kiko – Hydra + Body Cream: the best body moisturizer I have ever tried so far
  • Lush – Eau Roma Water (toner): a super fresh toner to refresh or soothe my skin and, as everything by Lush, it’s completely natural which is always a plus
  • Burt’s Bees – Radiance Eye Cream: it lasted me an entire year and it goes straight back on my wish list for 2014!
  • Bioderma – Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire (makeup remover): definitely the best makeup remover I have ever tried. It’s the highlight of this year! I’m almost out of my tiny bottle and I will surely repurchase it in 2014 (review here)
  • Coconut oil: perfect to hydrate skin and to remove makeup

MakeUp

  • MAC – Face&Body foundation in White: my life savior – I’m too pale to find a good match for high-end or drugstore foundations, and a white base to mix with darker foundations works like a charm for me (review here)
  • Real Techniques – Expert Face Brush: it’s the only brush I find myself going back to whenever I want to apply liquid foundations – it’s the best
  • e.l.f. – Eyelash and brow wand: a spoolie I got recently and that I use almost daily
  • Kiko – Precision Lip Pencil (#306): a red lip pencil I use constantly (even more than red lipstick) when I want to dare with red (see it here)
  • Sephora – Eyeshadow (#10 Californian Blonde): the perfect champagne color for when I am lazy to put something more elaborate on my eyes – it works great as a cheek highlighter as well
  • MUA – Undress me too palette: it should be the dupe for Naked 2 and it’s definitely my most used palette of this year!
  • Rimmel Kate Moss – Lipstick (#10): my go-to red lipstick (before getting the MAC Ruby Woo – review here) (review here)
  • Kiko – Stick Bloom blush (#02): a super easy to apply blush that I used during Spring and Autumn/Winter almost daily
  • Kiko Glow Touch – Lips&Cheeks (#01 Bitter Margarita): a bright strawberry cream blush I used all summer long (review here)
  • Benefit – High Beam (highlighter): I got at the beginning of the year and loved to death every single day – it’s the perfect pink highlighter for my skin tone. Now I own only a little sample, but I am going to finish it up soon, and..definitely will purchase the full size!
  • Essie – Laquered up (nail polish): the red that stole my heart – I’ve worn it countless days!!! (review here)
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple (nail polish): I got this polish later than any other girl on the web, but fallen in love with it immediately (review here)
  • China Glaze – Purr-fect Plum (nail polish): the best plum ever, perfect for the Autumn and Winter (review here)

Perfumes

  • Nina Ricci – Nina (perfume): I only got a sample, but I am in love. Actually planning to buy the full size!!!
  • Issey Miyake – Florale (perfume): I don’t know how could I live without this perfume. I think that if I had to pick just one scent for life, I would go with this one!


—————-❤ Random Things&People —————-

  • Honey: I used to hate honey, back when I was a kid, now..it’s my favorite thing in the world. Plus, it works amazingly in milkshakes and on cookies! 😛
  • Twinings – Blackcurrant tea: the best flavour of tea ever – I just can’t get enough of it (Instagram love)
  • Outside walking/running: I started in April and stopped in October – I can’t wait to have time to start again! It helped me to get in shape and to listen for the countless albums I had to check out! 😛
  • Zoella (youtuber): she’s the cutest girl ever – I’m a little obsessed..:P
  • Essiebutton (youtuber): okay, I am literally obsessed with her – I love her videos too much! (my blog post about her here)
  • Danisnotonfire (youtuber): honestly, he is my spirit animal


—————-❤ Random TV shows, Movies, Books and Music —————-

  • Once Upon a Time (TV show): loved the third season so far and my lovely ship Captain Swan is amaaaaazing!!! (join me in the madness!)
  • Teen Wolf (TV show): what can I say..it started as a joke and it has become an obsession
  • Gilmore Girls (TV show): I started rewatching the entire show and I have fallen in love with it all over again
  • Bunheads (TV show): one of the cutest and brilliant TV shows I’ve watched – definitely check it out if you love Gilmore Girls
  • Nashville (TV show): the best mix of drama and music
  • The Hobbit (movie): loved the movies, like..reaaaally loved the movies. And I’m head over heels with the entire LOTR fandom all over again! (I though I recovered, but no..after 10 years, bang! Peter Jackson puts a spell on me again! :P)
  • 10 things I hate about you (movie): watch it, just..do it
  • The dark knight rises (movie): looooved it – so sad it’s the end of the trilogy
  • The Heat (movie): I did not remember how it felt to cry of laughter – Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are amazing together
  • The Band Perry (music): I love country, I love powerful female voices and deep lyrics – this band is flawless
  • Ariana Grande (music): I don’t know if she gets the credit she deserves, but she’s amazing. I can almost say she’s better than the Queen Mariah Carey, for being that young. Pure, pure talent!
  • Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio songs from Nashville (music): I love Scarlett & Gunnar in Nashville (they are my favorite couple on the show) and their voices are the perfect match!
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (book): full of inspiration and down to earth characters – one of the best books I’ve ever read
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (book): a wonderful yet peculiar love story, brilliantly written too


—————-❤ Random quotes —————-

  • “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.” (The Happiness Project)
  • “The trick is to not see the bars, but rather what lies beyond them.” (Cyrus from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
  • “There comes a time when you have to see what life looks like from the dance floor” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)


—————-❤ Random honorable mentions —————-

  • Starting my Master’s Thesis
  • Winning 3 giveaways (#2, #3)
  • TOEFL, GRE, GRE Physics exams
  • Applying for countless PhD in the US, Germany and Australia (that’s the reason why I did not post very often in Nov.-Dec. I promise I will do a blog post about it when everything has ended!)

& that is all, girls! If you are more curious, you can check out my 2013 Scrapbook here!

ps. I got tagged by Miss. Jolien Nathalie for this post! I did not manage to include the answers to all her questions, though! Check her cute video as soon as you can!!!

Talk to you soon!

Stay beautiful.

L

Haul: e.l.f.!!!

December 3, 2013 § 7 Comments

Hello, dearies!

I promised you an update, but I am afraid you’ll still have to wait. I’m not sure what to say to you, and writing it down makes it so permanent I don’t want to jinx it! 😛

Today, I will show you what I bought in my recent e.l.f. order I placed last month. I bought everything with the 50% off and I have realized that they come out with this deal so often (there’s a 50% off sale right now!) that I will never buy anything full price again! It was kind of a pain in the back to receive it, though, because it got stuck and it took more than 10 days to come, but..it’s here in all its perfection! ❤

Bless the #elf 50% off. #instahaul #makeup #shopping #imbrokenow

Here is the list of what I got:

  • Custom Eyes in Ivory: I’ve been wanting a single white shimmery eyeshadow for so long that for just 85 cents I couldn’t resist! I’m sad that I didn’t get the empty palette as well!
  • Daily Brush Cleanser: I am lazy (and busy) when it comes to clean brushes and this works like a charm. I tested it three or four times and I really love how good it works! Definitely going to buy it again!
  • Eyelash and Brow Wand: I’ve been wanting a spoolie for ages and I’ve used it once to separate my eyelashes after wearing a clumpy (old) mascara. It does his job quite right, but I have no time in the morning to use it too!
  • HD Blush in Headliner: I think these are one of the most raved products by elf around the web. I still haven’t worn the blush. but I tested it on my hand and, gosh, it is dangerously pigmented!!! I decided to go with Headliner because I feel like it’s the easiest color to wear among the shades they offer.
  • HD Blush in Superstar: I couldn’t leave it there. The color is too stunning to avoid buying this shade!!! I swatched this one on my hand as well and I realized that I will have to learn a good technique to wear it without looking like a clown! It’s even more pigmented than Headliner, amazing!!!
  • Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Movie Star: I still have no automatic jumbo lip pencil and I really wanted to test the e.l.f. ones out. Sadly, I wore it once and it didn’t perform very well: it lasted for less than an hour and then started to collect at the centre of the lips and at the edges. Not great at all. Maybe a lighter shade (this one is a bright red) will work better.
  • Lip Balm SPF 15 in Plum: I bought this one because of Lillian Masie, but I regretted it. Of course, it doesn’t look as great as it looks on her skin tone. Too bad, because it’s actually pretty good in mousturizing lips!
  • Lip Exfoliator: I’ve heard very nice reviews about this one and the idea is too brilliant to resist.
  • Lipstick in Gypsy: A plum color I still need to swatch!
  • Lipstick in Charming: A strawberry color I still need to swatch!
  • Studio Mini Eyelash Curler: I am obsessed with curling my eyelashes (my eyelashes suck pretty back, sadly) and I have been wanting a mini curler for ages. I was so happy to be able to buy it without having to spend too much!
  • Powder Brush: It was only 85 cents and I needed a nice powder brush to alternate it with the flat studio elf one I have since 2010. I expected it to be bigger (but that’s something that happens quite often with e.l.f. brushes, especially the cheapest ones), but it works anyway and I use it to apply blush, instead.
  • Powder Puffs: I almost forgot I bought them! 😛 A necessity to keep in the purse for touch-ups during the day (as if I touch-up my makeup..:P)
  • Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural: I wanted to try the red one, but I am full of reds in my lipstick collection, so I opted for a very natural color. I swatched it on my hand and it looks nice. I’m just a little scared that with my pale skin it will wash me out.

& that is all! As you can see, I still haven’t tried all of the product because I literally have no time to test new makeup, recently, but I’m sure that I will have the chance to do so very soon.

I hug you all and, please, leave suggestions of good e.l.f. product to buy next! 😉

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Kiko Blending Brush – Eyes #200

September 19, 2013 § 12 Comments

Hello, girls!
Hang in there because Friday is near! Personally I’m studying every day so I feel like every day is just like the other. No weekend happiness for me. 😛

I received my TOEFL scores on Monday and I got 115/120. I still can’t believe it! The exams wasn’t great at all and I was so afraid of not getting the “pass mark” for a lot of unis, which is 100/120. Thank God I was wrong!!! 😀

But aside from that, today I wanted to talk about a brush that changed my life. It’s the Blending Brush (Eyes #200) by Kiko.

Pennello KIKO

Truth be told, in the past I bought a lot of blending brushes trying to find the perfect one. I wanted to get the infamous #222 (correct me if I’m wrong) by MAC, but since I’ve always been disappointed in blending brushes so much, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. I bought this Kiko one back in the beginning of Summer and I had no idea that I would have placed an order at Maquillalia.com where I could have bought the Real Techniques one. Basically, the reason why I gave in and bought it is because it was 50% off – I don’t even look at Kiko brushes in general because they are pricey for the quality they offer. I’ve never been more wrong!

The brush is white and, surprisingly, it stays pretty the same even if using very dark eyeshadows – don’t ask me how’s that possible. I guess it doesn’t retain product in the bristles and that’s good since it prevents any product waste.
Coming to its function, it blends perfectly any kind of eyeshadows – matte, satin, shimmery, you name it! The bristles are soft but quite stiff at the same time so you can blend very well without actually dragging the color (or the crease lid) with it.

Concerning the price, as I was saying I paid it 50% off the original price (9.90€) and I’m so glad the sales tempted me to buy it. Now I’ve changed my mind on Kiko brushes and maybe I’ll try something else!

The only downside is that it’s a little little little bit too big for my eyes. I have to be careful when blending or, otherwise, eyeshadow will end all over my browbone. But, nevertheless, it’s not that hard to control the brush – I just needed a little bit of practise. 😉

Overall 10/10. For me, this brush is fully successful and I really suggest you to go and get one! 😀 Plus, it’s quite cheap (even if full price) if compared to high-end ones! I’m done with blending brushes for a lot, now! 😉

Stay beautiful.

L

 

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