Sunday, 31 August 2014

RealTechniques - Duo Fiber Collection

 Hi sweets, 
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 A few months ago I purchased the Duo-Fiber Collection by RealTechniques.  The collection consists of 3 white handled duo-fiber brushes that are perfect for adding the final touches to any every day makeup look.  I think these brushes are geared toward giving you a little more control, allowing each application of product or step to your makeup to be buildable, as well as giving off a more diffused and natural finish to each step.  In true duo-fiber form these brushes don't pack on colour, but despite these brushes being less dense and fairly sparse, they are able to pick up just the right amount of product, blending in to the skin seamlessly.  I especially like these brushes because they allow you to have more precision with the overall application of makeup, helping you to choose or customise how pigmented the overall product appears on the skin.  For example when using a highly pigmented bronzer you have the option of really diffusing the edges, creating a soft focus feel on the face and developing the colour where needed, great for when creating more definition in the hollows of the cheeks. 

These Duo-Fiber brushes are made with synthetic taklon bristles and are less dense than the standard RealTechniques range. They are also hand cut and cruelty free.  The bristles work with cream, liquid and powder formulas and are designed to give an airbrushed finish.    
The Face Brush is perfect for applying a light layer of finishing powder to the face, to create a lovely soft glow and I have found it works really well with the Hourglass ambient powders.  Similarly, this brush is great for adding an all over bronze (to go with that glow I was talking about).  I have been using this brush with my Too Faced - Bronzing Wardrobe and have loved the results.  Since this brush has long, sparse bristles that are less compact than your typical bronzer or blush brush, it sways gracefully over the face and  blends product very well and as mentioned before allows you to concentrate the colour with a little more control.  I do like this for blush too but lately I have been loving quite a bold cheek, so I haven't been favouring this brush for that step.
I have used the Contour Brush for a range of uses and have enjoyed it for each application.  The Contour Brush is fluffier, denser and packs more colour than the Blush Brush and because of this, I love using it for cream products.  I used it for foundation and although it took longer to blend out completely it do a good job buffing out the base product.  I also have used it as suggested, using a powdered bronzer and liked the results as well, but the way I have loved using this brush is with creams.  It does a fantastic job buffing cream product into the skin, leaving an almost 'airbrushed' finish to my bronzer, contour and blush.  It just finishes things off with a natural soft look and this would have to be my favourite brush of the bunch
The Eye Brush is the least used brush in the set for me and that is because I currently am loving other brushes to blend shadow.  However, this is a great little brush to quickly soften an edge or blend out a colour when doing a soft neutral eye or smoking out that sultry look.  I think this brush, as with the others is multi-functional but I haven't explored this little guy all that much.

So to sum it up, I wouldn't say these brushes are must haves but are lovely additions to any brush collection and do a delightful job during my makeup routine!

Have you used these brushes?  What’s your favourite one or way to use it?

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-Thanks, Rachill

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Beauty wish list

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Hi Sweets,
So, at the beginning of the month I announced something really important...  it was pretty hard at first but I'm hoping in the long run it will be all worth it, no matter how hard or challenging... I declared August and September 'No spend months'.  Being a self proclaimed beauty addict, this was pretty hard, but over the last year my wallet has truly taken a beating, in fact its pretty much shriveled into nothingness, shaking in its non-anatomical boots every time I hop onto or paroose the over priced shelves that is NZ's Mecca Cosmetica.  A very grown up decision and very necessary, as I plan to paroose more than makeup shelves in the future (world travel here I come).  So  I decided to make a wishlist and get my makeup fix in a more 'productive' way.  I also want to add, none of these brands are carried in any NZ store, hence the 'wish' of the wish list.

1.Milani Baked Blush:  These are cult favourites and every time I see them swatched or in a 'get ready with me', my makeup addict senses start tingling.  Thought to be pigmented, long lasting and coming in an array of beautiful colours (there are about 6 that I really want) these blushes are high on my list of 'must haves'.  And although these aren't all that special to most, to me these are something I have been lusting over for a good year and would really love to have in my collection.

2.Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation:  This looks like an amazing medium-full coverage foundation, that I would love to slather on my face one day.  It seems to have a lovely natural demi-matte finish.  If you have tried this, tell me how beautiful this is, wont you?

3.Lorac Pro Palette:  Need I say more? Haha, made famous by, oh I don't know a bazillion youtubers, this neutrals palette wasn't something that I first lusted over.  However, overtime I have seen a few too many stunning looks created by these shadows and eventually I decided, yes, yes Rachill you do need this in your life.  So even though I have never seen this palette in real life, I mean look at 'taupe' and 'mauve', perfection *sigh*.

4.Zoeva:  I'm always on the hunt for affordable, well preforming brushes and although I really like my XOBeauty brushes and enjoy Real Techniques, the Zoeva brushes not only look luxurious but offer an amazing selection of brushes.  This company include some unique brushes and sets that are both snazzylooking and well packaged.  They also have a dupe for my holy grail of brushes the MAC 217 and a girl can't have too many blending brushes, am i right?  I can't wait to try these out one day.

5.Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr blush:  I have a 3 blushes from Tarte, from varying palettes that I was able to get my hands on and they are completely worth the hype.  These blushes are long lasting, finally milled and have great pigmentation.  They apply smoothly on the cheek and provide a stunning pop of colour without looking like a clown, always a plus.  Exposed is the one shade that I really am lusting over, there is something about a nude/multi purpose blush that is really appealing to me at the moment.

6.Marc Jacobs Lolita Palette:  This is what makeup dreams are made of.  Sleek, luxurious, modern, classy all bundled up into a incredibly eye catching palette.  Pact full of neutrals in a slim casing, this palette is the one that got away.  I had the chance to get this but I opted for something else, thinking I would just get it during the inevitable next purchase and then the website stopped  their partnership with Sephora *insert pathetic weepy sounds*.
7.NYC Sunny Bronzer:  This a dupe for Benefits Hoola and I would much rather spend $5 than $50(NZ).

8&9.  Tom Ford - Indian Rose and Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze and Glow:  All hail the makeup goods.  These are two products that I really, really would love to have.  Both have incredibly chic packaging, both are everyday colours that would make any 'everyday makeup routine' feel instantly dreamy and sumptuous, not to mention lush and both are ridiculously priced.  Worth the splurge?  Probably not, but well ... lets be real it will probably happen one day.
There you have it, my wish list.  What do you have on your wishlist /lust haves??
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-Thanks, Rachill

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Skincare savers

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This week is all about those skin care savers that help to calm down pesky pimples, spots, bumps and nasties.  There are few products that I have been either loving for a long time or are new additions but have swiftly taking that 'holy grail' status for me .  Some are just working at the moment and being used up.


Saturday, 9 August 2014


HI sweets,
DSC_0002So I don't know about your week but this week has been hectic, to say the least.  My skin has been freaking out from the harsh cold that we are currently experiencing in Christchurch and in general stress has been the key word this week.  So what better way to enjoy an actual beautiful sunny day, then go and spend a few beautyVIP points.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Lets get naked series #3

Hi Sweets!

Ok, so I may be a little (maybe a lot) late on the band wagon but I recently got my hands on the Naked 3, by Urban Decay.  A lot of people consider this a cool toned palette and some think it a warm, I would consider this an ‘in-between’ and that’s perfect for me.  I held out for a long time, partly because I live in NZ and it’s not as easily sourced and partly because I was unsure if I really needed it.  To me this is a perfect ‘nude-neutral’ palette with warm pink undertones and cool taupey hues and a great ‘twist’ to a traditional natural collection of eyeshades.  But it’s not all rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

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