Saved By The BRUSH

Hiyerrrr.

I’m gonna do a bit of a brush lowdown today because I’m still seeing flat foundation brushes knocking around and it’s making my teeth itch.

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Real Techniques Buffing Brush

The Real techniques range are the best brushes on the High Street in my opinion and actually stack up pretty well off the H.S too. The quality is excellent and they’re v. reasonably priced. They’re the brainchild of Makeup Artist and YouTuber Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo fame and the brand is growing more and more. This buffing brush has been my go to foundation brush for ages now and it is my all time favourite face brush. Soft dense bristles that are tightly packed but fan out enough to blend foundation seamlessly. It comes in the ‘Core Collection’ set with the contour brush (mentioned below) a small detail brush which makes a good lip brush and a flat foundation brush which you can throw out straight away. Its an award winning set at a great price so go buy it now from Boots, Superdrug or online.

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Morphe E6 Flat Top Buffing Brush

Because I watch a lot of YouTubers from the US I tend to want to try a lot of the stuff that they use out there and boy do they all rave about Morphe brushes. Luckily there are some UK sites that have started stocking a selection so you don’t have to pay for shipping, I got mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. They are crazy cheap in the US, I think they’re a bit more pricey from here (but again you save on shipping) but are still super reasonable and really good quality. I bought this just to try an alternative to the above, I’ve seen a lot of YouTubers using flat top brushes and I do really like it, the bristles are ridic soft and does a good job of blending. I would say you definitely don’t need this if you buy the Real Tekkers one but I’m obsessed with buying brushes and really wanted to try it so I flit between the two.

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Morphe E53

I love this brush for using powder to set the area under my eyes, it’s the perfect size and shape thanks to the tapered end. It would also work really well for contour application and blending and also blusher.

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Real Techniques Contour Brush

I use this brush to apply and blend out concealer under my eyes, on my nose, forehead and chin and then anywhere I have blemishes. Again its a really good size. I apply the concealer with the wand or my finger and then use a combo of a dabbing & sweeping motion to blend out, if you just sweep you’ll rub the product off. Also would work well for contour as the name suggests but think it would be better with creams rather than powders. It comes in a set with the Buffing Brush (above) and a couple of others.

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Real Techniques Dup Fibre Powder Brush

I’m not sure if this particular Duo Fibre set was limited edition or not but tbh any Real Tech powder brush is gonna be good. I use it to apply finishing powder and then if I need to tone down blushes or contour I’ll blend it away with this. I like it because it doesn’t pick up too much product so you’re not caked and it blends well too. Would also work well as a bronzer brush.

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Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush*

I use this brush for powder contour, its perfect because it has a tapered end to fit into areas where it needs to and its fluffy so good for blending. It would also work well for highlight but I think it’s pretty expensive (I was luck enough to get it for free) and you can probably find a dupe that’s just as good. It is good quality though.

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Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve tried a lot of blusher brushes and this is the only one I really like, I do think it’s slightly big but it is tapered and the bristle are packed in a way that it picks up and deposits a good amount of product but also blends really well and it’s really soft. Would also work well with finishing powder or bronzer.

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I wash all of my brushes with hand soap (gel) but baby shampoo or a gentle, non stripping clarifying shampoo would be a bit better, I also use a rubber brush cleaning glove with little bumps that I found on eBay (swirl the soapy brush around in it, the bumps get out all the remaining product). Hold them upside down so you don’t get water in the ferrel (it’ll fuck with the glue). Gently squeeze out excess water then wrap the end in a sheet of paper towel and leave on their sides to dry. I dry mine upside down in a brush holder that I also found on eBizzle. Make sure you wash all the soap out thoroughly or the brushes will be kind of sticky when they dry. I only use my brushes on myself so I’m kind of lazy with how often I do it as it’s a ball ache but obviously I’ll always wash them if I’m going to be using them on someone else.

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Bronzing vs Contouring

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*WATCH IN HD!* A video showing you the subtle differences between bronzing and contouring and how I personally like to do it. (Obviously this is a very subtle, natural way of doing both and some people do prefer a much stronger look which is also great, this is just how I do it day to day.) Hope you enjoy it!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Soleil Tan de Chanel*
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Crown Contour Brush

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’.

Things I Like 1

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A likkle vid about some things I purchased recently that I really like (and one thing I’m not a fan of) plus a couple of old faves. La la la, hope you like.

*DISCLAIMER* The nail polish I am referring to is NOT actually by the brand ‘Gellish’, that was a slip up (my bad). It is from eBay and is a gel polish/ shellac colour.

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.