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Review: Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve gone through so many blush brushes.  It must be the number 1 type of brush that I am constantly disappointed with.

I’ve bought expensive brushes from MAC and I’ve bought cheap brushes from Ecotools and Sonia Kashuk.  Some of them are too big, some of them are too flimsy, and a lot of them are just too scratchy.  I think one of the reasons why I use a lot of cream blushes is because I have a favorite brush for those, but I can’t find a good brush for powder blush.

On  my last trip to Hawaii, a friend asked me which Real Technique brushes I already owned.  “You need to try the blush brush”, she said, “I’ll give you one.”

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this brush.  But OH MY GOD this is a great brush!
Real Techniques Blush Brush

What it does: (from the Real Techniques website)

look pixel-perfect even in harsh light. ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. self-standing for easy storage. extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

Price: $9

Availability: Real Techniques brushes are available at drugstores and discount stores in the US. If Real Techniques is not available in stores in your country, they are available from the website with a very decent shipping cost.

 

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

 

Pros:

  • This brush is not scratchy at all.
  • While it feels soft on my cheeks, this is not a flimsy brush. I can apply blush where I want it, and also blend it out.
  • The shape is fantastic.  The head is small enough for my cheeks, and the egg shape diffuses blush nicely.
  • You can’t beat the price!

Cons:

  • This brush may be hard to find in stores.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely, and I’m so glad that my friend recommended this to me!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: ELF Small Stipple Brush

Every so often, as I watch a beauty review on Youtube or read a beauty blog, there is a product that I start to want to NEED.  Many times, it doesn’t live up to the hype. In fact, there are even Youtube videos dedicated to “Youtube made me buy it!”. When I heard about the ELF Small Stipple Brush, I originally was not interested. I’ve tried ELF brushes before, and I haven’t found one that I felt was good enough to recommend. But… this one was $3, and it was looking at me from the display at Target… so I bought it.
Elf small stipple brush

 

What it does: (from the ELF website)

Use the Small Stipple Brush to create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result. The two layers of bristles create ultimate control from sheer to heavy coverage for small and hard to reach places. Ideal with liquid, cream or powder products, foundation, concealer, and cream blush.

 

Price: $3

 

Availability: ELF products are available on the ELF website and select drugstores. The ELF website has a store locator for more info.

ELF small stipple brush

 

Pros:

  • This brush is actually quite soft! It is not scratchy against my cheek.
  • I like to use this brush for blending cream blushes and highlighters, which it does a good job at doing.
  • The price!

 

Cons:

  • I’m not going to lie – I don’t think this brush is going to last very long. I’ve read reviews that say that some of the hairs have started to fall out after a year or so. To be honest, I feel like this is the case with many drugstore brushes, and at this price, I’m OK with repurchasing it.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes.  If you are a newbie with cream blushes (which I LOOOVE during the warm weather),  I definitely suggest you pick up this brush!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Real Techniques Powder Brush

When I first started getting in to makeup, I did not know a thing about makeup brushes. Makeup brushes are just recently becoming popular in Japan – quite odd considering many famous brush brands are Japanese.  My first brushes were all from MAC.  While I loved their eye brushes, I wasn’t too keen on their face brushes. Many of them were a little prickly, did not dispense product evenly, and were just plain expensive.

 

I feel like the quality of cheaper makeup tools has improved a lot over the past few years.  One such affordable brand for makeup brushes is Real Techniques.  This is a review of the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

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What it does: (from the Real Techniques website)
Evenly apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results.  Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light. Ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. Self-standing for easy storage. Extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

 

Price: $10

Availability:  For international shoppers like me, Real Techniques is now available from the Real Techniques website.  If you live in the US, Real Techniques is sold at Ulta, Walgreens, and some other discount stores.  A full list is available on the Real Techniques website.

 

Pros:

  • This is a great brush, even without considering the price.
  • I get an even dusting of powder
  • The brush has a good weight, which makes it easy to handle
  • Cruelty free

Cons:

  • This is not the softest face brush I own. That would be the Ecotools Bronzer brush, which is from another great affordable brand

 

Would I repurchase? Yes!  This is a great brush to use with setting powder.

 

This is a great brush, and I really recommend trying it out if you haven’t already. Yay for great brushes at affordable prices!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Like many other people who watch beauty related videos on Youtube, I am subscribed to Pixiwoo, two sisters who are makeup artists.  Their tutorial on applying false lashes helped me get much better at applying falsies!  When I found out that Pixiwoo was releasing a line of affordable brushes called Real Techniques, I was really excited.  A beauty blogger friend suggested I try the Expert Face Brush for foundation application.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

What it does: (from the Real Techniques website)

The Expert Face Brush is ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation. Look pixel perfect even in harsh light. Ultra plush taklon bristles.

 

Price: $9

Availability: For international shoppers like me, Real Techniques is now available online!  I tested the site to see the shipping costs and I found that they are quite reasonable.  If you live in the US, Real Techniques is sold at Ulta, Walgreens, and some other discount stores.  A full list is available on the Real Techniques website.

 

Pros:

  • This brush is great for applying my liquid foundation.
  • It also applies and blends my under eye concealer and cream blush very well.
  • Has synthetic bristles, if you are concerned about that
  • Very soft and does not irritate my skin
  • Very affordable, even including shipping!
  • I really like this brush! It has shown up several times in my favorites, including my favorites for 2014

Cons:

  • I wish this were readily available in Japan!

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I am strongly considering buying another one!

 

If you are like me and apply your liquid foundation with a brush, definitely check out this product! I can’t recommend it enough!

 

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #49: January, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I usually skip January favorites, but I have a few well-loved products this past month which I wanted to share. A 2014 favorites post is also coming up soon!

On to my favorites!

Nichido Multiple Stick in South Beach
This is a product I purchased while I was in the Philippines. I wanted a darker cream blush for the fall/winter, and I have been wearing this every day. A review is coming up!

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Nichido 7x Volume Curl mascara
This mascara does not leave smudges under my eyes, and gives me great separated and volumized lashes! A review of this product is also coming soon!

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Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation
(link goes to my review)
While this foundation is too creamy for me to wear in the warmer months, my skin has been so dry this month that this worked out well! I also used it up – it has been quite some time since I last completely used up a foundation!!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 340 To Nude or Not To Nude?
This slightly dark pink lipstick is definitely a My Lips But Better shade for me. It is a little frosty, which makes it look even more natural on me.

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
I cut my hair above my shoulders recently, and I have been loving the tousled look since then! I love a beachy wave, especially in the winter.

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Flat iron

Since cutting my hair, I have had to start heat styling it in the mornings. I flat iron the ends under and spray a bit of surf spray to tousle it up!

Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

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