Brush It Off

Yo,

I was a bit sad to write this post and was kind of avoiding it which is why there has been a bit of radio silence from me since my last video. But also because I don’t like to just post for the sake of it. I prefer to actually have something to say rather than just tell you what nail polish I wore last week but have no real opinion on it.
Something I do have an opinion on, as you all know, are Real Techniques Brushes. Love ’em, can’t get enough of ’em, spend all my money on ’em. So I was a little disappointed (read; devo’d) when I bought one that didn’t really float my boat. SHOCK HORROR, I know and what makes it worse is that everyone else seems to love it.

Real Techniques brushes are the lovechild of Sam Chapman, a make up artist who also has a YouTube channel, Pixiwoo (no, I don’t get what the name means either) with her sister, Nic who is also a make up artist. I watch Pixiwoo quite a lot because they do brilliant tutorials and also reviews and stuff and that’s how I found out about Sam’s brush line.
Anyway, I have a load of them which I can’t be bothered to list now but I mention in my video Things I Like 1. I have always used the Buffing Brush for foundation, which comes as part of the Core Collection and Sam’s Picks sets. It’s light and fluffy, blends product REALLY well and is easy to use. But then I got greedy. I saw that Sam and Nic and a lot of other people also used the Expert Face Brush to do their foundation so I thought, “it must have something the buffing brush doesn’t… I MUST OWN IT!”
I have used it about four or five times now but TBH I didn’t like it from the off and I’ll try my best to explain why. The bristles are shorter and more packed together than the Buffing Brush so they don’t spread out on your face as much, they’re much stiffer. So it feels like you’re putting the product on with one stroke and when you go back in to blend your just scraping most of it off. As I said, I used it a few times to give it the benefit of the doubt but I felt like I incurred the same problem each time. This meant I was using more product than usual to get the right amount of coverage and my make up looked really cakey and not blended and I was really unhappy with my face! I even looked up the specific tutorial for using the Expert Face Brush on the Real Techniques website and it looked great when Sam used it and she wasn’t doing anything different to me but somehow it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe the people that like it don’t need as much coverage as I do, I dunno. I really wanted to love it but I just can’t get on board with it and all the problems I had with it were highlighted even more when I then went back to my trusty old Buffing Brush and it provided the great blending and coverage I’d become used to. Interestingly the Expert face Brush doesn’t feature in the Sam’s Picks set but the Buffing brush does… well well well. Take from that what you will.

There you have it, I am SORRY Sam Chapman and Real Techniques fans across the globe but you know, you can’t win ’em all. Hail to the Buffing Brush.

Ps: All my RT brushes were purchased online at Boots in the UK but they are also available at Superdrug and other online shops. The links in the post are from the Real Techniques website which is an American site so pricing is in dollas’.

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A Touch of the MACabre

BOO!

Hi boys and ghouls and welcome to the HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! OOOooooooOOOOooooHHHHhhhh!!

Last weekend I went to a Halloween party. I wanted to go as a kind of zombie/ ghost/ corpse bride type thing because I have a bridesmaids dress that is essentially a wedding dress so was gonna team that with some spooky ass make up and a tiara, natch. Then I got the fear that other people at the party wouldn’t be as dressed up as me and I’d look silly so I removed the wedding dress from the equation and wore all black instead. Genius.
Two of my friends were going as characters from the film The Craft so I kind of went in with them but really I just looked like a massive goth, which is fine by me ’cause I loves me a goth.

Here we are in all our 90’s, Wiccan glory:
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-Watch out for those weirdos girls

-We are the weirdos, Mr. 

Quite good that, innit?! For the make up I used mainly MAC stuff so thought I’d talk you through what I used and how I did it.

Base:

  • Ok, so foundation wise I wanted to look a bit paler that normal so I used my friend’s foundation, which was really weird as it was really thick and matte and kind of grey in colour so felt a bit like rubbing cement into your face (fun!) I’d never heard of the brand before and I can’t remember the name so thats mega helpful but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.
  • I finished the base with a dusting of loose powder and yadda yadda yadda.
  • I didn’t use blusher because I was trying to look ghostly but I did whack some bronzer under my cheekbones in an attempt to make myself look more gaunt. I used MAC Studio Tech in NW43 and a Real Techniques brush.
  • Filled in ma’ brows with a MAC Eyebrow Crayon in Stud but was a bit more heavy handed than usual because scary people have big, dark eyebrows… obv.

Eyes:

  • For an eyeshadow base I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
  • Then I smudged MAC Black Track all over the lower part of the lid with my finger and blended it up and out with a fluffy eye shadow brush.
  • This is where the magic happens! I patted on MAC Pigment in Blue Brown all over the lower part of the lid and into the crease with a flat shader brush and then blended up and out with the same fluffy brush from the previous step. This pigment is the stuff dreams are made of! On its own it comes out as a subtle shimmery brown with blue and green shimmer running through it but layered over Black Track it creates this amazing, Blue Bottle Fly, shimmery green colour thats almost holographic. And well scary, obviously… I LURVE it!
  • I then blended in MAC eyeshadow in Black Tied around the edges to soften them (same brush) which is a black eyeshadow with silver glitter running through it.
  • I use MAC eyeshadow in Vex to highlight my brow bone with a short, fat highlighter brush (I made that term up) and blended Black Tied into it with the same fluffy brush. Vex is a kind of off white/ grey shadow with a green and pink pearl finish and is also kind of holographic. I should’ve done swatches but I ‘aint that organised…
  • THE KEY WITH EYESHADOW IS TO BLEND YOUR ASS OFF!
  • I roughly smudged some Rimmel Scandal-Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black over my top and bottom lash line, then blended some Blue Brown pigment under the lower lashes too.
  • I used L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Lips:

  • I used MAC Prep and Prime lip and then lined and filled my lips in with a Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in 4, which is a kind of plummy shade.
  • I then used MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good To Be Bad (amazing name!)

Here endeth the lesson.
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To be honest, as I’m a bit of a goth at heart I would probably wear a slightly more toned down version of this look on a night out. With my own foundation and a whisper of blusher I’d look less dead so, you know…

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Happy Halloween Bitches.