Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Real Techniques core collection

I finally succumbed to the core collection, which has been crying out to me ever since Sam Chapman, of Pixiwoo fame, first introduced her makeup brush collection. I got mine off Ebay, from beautydirect247, for £18.95 (P&P £1.99). check out my Sigma Brush haul HERE

I like the packaging. It is very streamlined (no waste packaging - I hate that) and looks funky enough. Even without the beauty community hype they would have caught my eye in a shop. The brushes are well protected too, with a plastic stopper at the bottom to keep the brushes in place. Also the jargon on the back of the box is very handy indeed. It explains what every brush is for and they have an accompanying website which shows you how to get the most from your brushes and shows you the entire Real Techniques range - www.realtechniques.com 

I don't like the panoramic case and would have happily spent a few pounds less for just the brushes. However it does do what it says on the tin, Keeps the brushes organised on the counter (bend the case and pull the toggle) or on the go, plus there is room for a few more brushes to stand in there, My beef is that you can't shut the case with extra brushes in it - BOO... - and that annoys me... Plus the toggle got caught on my contour brush and some of the bristles were crushed!!! Sorry  there is a chance I'll be getting rid of this in the near future.

But onto the important things... The brushes!! I love them!!!. They are light weight, well made. I am yet to experience any bristle shedding. Plus they work just as well with cream/liquid products as powder and their taklon bristles (man made) are cruelty free, very soft and dry very quickly (Well all except the buffing brush, which I put down to its density). I have washed them once or twice now and so far they keep their shape. They all have their brush name and the real techniques emblem embossed on them too. Be aware however that the brush heads are very dainty; The contour brush makes the MAC 109 look big which is great as I work so much better with smaller brushes as I can be more precise. I reccomend everyone to invest in the core collection. If your starting out these are a nice economical alternative to MAC and the like. Plus if you haven't tried a buffing brush (like I hadn't) I would get this one as it blends your liquid foundation beautifully leaving a (dare I say it??) "pixel perfect" finish. Just one tip though, use a little bit  of  foundation at a time!!

China Glaze: Sun Worshipper and Pool Party

So... my China Glaze obsession continues. Check out my stash from their christmas collection LINK and their homage to the Tiffany blue LINK.

Firstly they dry matt so if you prefer a glossy finish, a glossy top coat is a must.
Both polishes have a gel like consistency and dry very quickly. Sun Worshipper, especially, streaks like a biatch. They are both not very opaque at all. You need at least 3 coats. Probably 4 for sun worshipper.

In terms of wearability I am very disappointed at this juncture:
With a top they chip after 1 to 2 days, without a top coat they chip after a few hours!! After a few hours I started to noticed dark patches appear, which I presume is the polish lifting. These patches eventually started cracking and then chipping due to the dry formula. With a top coat this still happens but the protective layer of the top coat prolongs the process.

The colours however are AMAZING NEON BRIGHTS!! When applied inside or under superficial lights they can appear slightly dull but once you get outside they light up! Perfect for the summer months. Neon doesn't photograph very well also, they are so much brighter in real life. Sun worshipper is coming up much more yellow toned than a true neon orange and pool party is coming up much more red toned. In real life it is a true electric Barbie pink.



Tuesday, 10 January 2012

China Glaze: For Audrey

After scouring the internet on my iphone for nail varnish, as one inevitably does, I discovered China Glaze's For Audrey!! or what I like to call it: the Tiffany blue (or as close as. I read somewhere that the Tiffany blue is trademarked. This could be false information but I think it's kinda cool so I chose to believe it). Now onto application. In short it goes on very nicely. I don't like the brush, the bristles don't splay much at all which is a shame. It would make the application even easier. In truth, in the bottle it looks like a murky grey-ie blue, and if I would have seen it in the shop would have walked on by. However on the nails it's a creamy and glossy pastel blue turquoise and I like lots. It's opaque in two coats and probably just one if applied generously. For those of you who don't own any Tiffany Jewellery never fear now you can wear it on your nails. I think they look smashing. The pics show the polish 3 days after application. So far so good right? Pictures were supposed to be taken when I first did them but I dropped the bottle and it's contents all over my carpet so... enough said... OOh and a quick FYI if you are puzzled by the name; it is referring to Audrey Hepburns role as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tifffany's.