Friday, June 28, 2013

Real Techniques & Keeping in Touch


Hi everyone! Just a reminder, Google Reader will be taken down starting July 1st (which is in a few days!) so I will be using Bloglovin' since it's easy to use and great for organizing all the blogs I follow into separate categories. Follow me on there so we can keep in touch! If I haven't followed you yet please link your bloglovin' to me. Now with that aside, it's time for Real Techniques! 

I got this set last winter and I remember going to two different London Drugs just to hunt them down lol. There are only three sets available: the Core Collection, Starter Set, and Travel Essentials ($20 each). I knew I didn't need the Starter Set because I have enough eye brushes....for now ahaha. I was torn between the Multi-task brush from the Travel Essentials and the Buffing brush from the Core Collection. I chose the latter because the day I picked it up was when I realized I forgot to bring my own brushes to do my makeup for my birthday. Yes, my birthday..... so I needed the extra brushes to do the work properly and they did. I was impressed at first touch, the bristles were soft and the brushes were well made. Not a single hair shed when I pulled them out of the packaging.



Buffing Brush: the brush that caught my undivided attention to this set because I foresaw so many different ways I could use it. Except, I only use it for one purpose - contouring. LOL ironic, I know. But in my defense I did use it for a quite a few different things on my birthday (buffing liquid foundation, setting powder, and contour/bronzer) and it did the jobs very well. I absolutely love this brush.

Detailer Brush: on the packaging, it says that this brush can be used for concealing or applying lip products but I say it's only good for the latter. This brush is simply too stiff and small for concealing. I guess it would be great for small imperfections but the fact that the bristles are so short and stiff makes the application very difficult and unappealing to the skin. It feels as though I'm poking and irritating my skin rather than covering up my problems.  

Pointed Foundation Brush: This is my least favourite brush from the Core Collection. It is simply too small and too stiff for applying foundation. It now just sits in my collection because I haven't found a purpose for it. To be fair though, the pointed tip is great for getting around corners and hard to reach areas on the face such as the sides of the noise. However, most traditionally shaped foundation brushes are shaped in a pointed shape so it's nothing special. I think if this brush was softer I'd at least try to find other uses for this brush.

Contour Brush: my other favourite in this collection. I find this to be the perfect brush for applying cream blushes. It is easy to control the amount of product you put on your face and it gives you a natural finish. I always had a hard time blending cream blushes with my fingers or I often find myself applying too much product. This brush just made life a whole lot easier and now I use my cream  blushes much more often! 
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Final Verdict: I now understand the whole hype about these Real Techniques brushes and I absolutely agree that they are amazing to use. The prices are also unbelievably affordable for such great brushes! However, there is a miss in the Core Collection for me and that is the Pointed Foundation Brush. Unless I find other uses for it, it'll just be collecting dust. I'm also not sure if I want to get the Travel Essentials set because the foundation brush will be a duplicate in there. I must admit though....the Multi-task Brush and Domed-Shadow Brush is very very tempting....hmmm....

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Azure

I finally got around to painting my nails Azure again....or more like I finally had the time to paint my nails. I've let my nails become incredibly disgusting because I had no time and was even too lazy to use nail polish remover to take off the previous nail colour (Bel-Argus). All my nails chipped to the point where any one would look at it and cringe. Yuck. :( Anyways, story aside, I am ready to rave about Azure. 

If you don't know already, greens and turquoises are my favourite colours. When I first saw the release of the Chanel Summer Collection, I fell head over heels. The swatches I saw online of Azure confirmed that I needed it in my collection. Azure is a beautiful metallic turquoise polish with blue and purple undertones that are visible in the bottle. Like Bel-Argus, it is opaque in two coats. On camera, Azure looks blue but in real life the polish is definitely a turquoise leaning on the green spectrum. The metallic finish of the polish makes it very hard for the camera to capture its true colour. At first glance, I was slightly disappointed with the duochrome finish. I wasn't even sure if I would describe Azure as a duochrome because the colour doesn't have much variation after inspecting it 360 degrees every so often. But then I discovered that when I moved from outdoors to indoors or vice versa (or wherever the tone of light changes and hits the polish) the shade of turquoise is different. That itself lifted my spirits back up. I also find it mesmerizing to stare at Azure when I'm under natural sunlight, the nail polish glistens and sparkles beautifully. Absolutely, in love.




indoor natural lighting

indoor artificial lighting
*I'll update this post again once I get a chance to take a picture with outdoor lighting* :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Why Do You Wear Makeup?



Before I begin, I would like to thank sleepandwater for tagging me (if she still remembers) haha because this post has been dusting in my drafts since December and I forgot about it until I was doing some blogger clean up recently. This tag is a bit old, but it was fun to do and I always like reading other people's responses to these questions! I'm not going to name specific people because they've all done it by now haha but if you haven't, you're welcome to join!
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1. When did you start using makeup?

In terms of frequent, daily and regular use, I'd say I started near the end of high school and the beginning of university. I never used much makeup throughout high school, I'd play with my limited amount of (primarily gifted) makeup at home or get make overs from my sister occasionally for fun but that was about it.

2. What was the first makeup product you bought and loved?

Cover Girl Lash Exact Mascara, Cover Girl eyeshadow trio in Shimmering Sands and Mayebelline eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte. When I bought Shimmering Sands, it was a cheaper alternative to Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes Kit. I remember picking up this cute Benefit catalogue and wanted to buy every product featured but I changed my mind when I swatched Shimmering Sands against Big Beautiful Eyes Kit in the drugstore. The colours seemed close enough and I wanted to save money to buy all the essentials on my starter's kit list. As for Chai Latte, I bought it because Christine from xteeener raved about it in almost every other tutorial I watched of her at the time (she was one of the first youtubers I watched).


3. What is your most used eyeshadow?

I actually don't use eyeshadow all that much on a regular basis, but the ones that I find myself reaching for the most when I do are definitely Urban Decay's Naked and Naked2 palettes and The Balm's Nude'tude. These palettes have a great range of neutral shades that you can't go wrong with. You can create pretty much any look that is suitable for all occasions.


4. When did you begin loving makeup?

I started loving makeup near the end of grade 12 and the beginning of university (this would mean, around 4 years ago). What really kicked off this unhealthy addiction was the discovery of beauty gurus on youtube. I was intrigued, fascinated, inspired and sucked into the girl world that I haven't discovered. I basically learned all my makeup skills from youtube.

5. How do you feel without makeup?

I think I'm in a transitioning stage right now. There was a time when I had a strong opinion to this question but now I'm feeling slightly shaken. There's no denying that I could care less about my looks when I'm at home and when I go out, I feel more self conscious and uncomfortable without any makeup or even minimal makeup. However, I'm starting to have second thoughts on the latter half. I went out quite a few times without makeup over the last couple of months and boy, can I tell you how happy I was to be able to touch my face and rub my eyes whenever I wanted knowing that I wouldn't mess up anything lol (of course, I did it in moderation and only when desperately feeling that annoying itch). In addition, I'm starting to care less and less about impressing other people, looking made up and proper. I'm beginning to embrace the natural face look or maybe I'm just getting lazy because my boyfriend keeps telling me that he loves my bare face...

6. What do you like about makeup?

I like how you have a control on the flexibility of it`s power to make a difference. You can use it to enhance your features, hide your flaws, create different looks, have fun with extreme transformations, and use it to express yourself.

7. Three holy grail items.

Shu Uemura lash curler, Bobbi Brown Corrector, Urban Decay Naked 1 and Naked2 Palette (sorry this has to count as one item cause I can't choose between the two....don't make me.)


8. Why do you wear makeup?

I think sleepandwater's answer to this question really sums it up for the majority of those who wear makeup but I'll add a bit of my two-cents on this too. When I first started wearing makeup, it was for fun and for practice to improve my application skills. Gradually, when I got better at it I wanted to be more polished and presentable when I go out for whatever occasion.

My unsurprising secret that I would like to share with you all is that I've always felt like the little ugly duckling. From the family conditions that I live in, I'm always more inclined to feel inferior and below average. It seems a little dramatic to put it this way, but I've had a rough time for the majority of my life. I wasn't a very happy and cheerful person like I am today because of certain circumstances and things that happened. But when I entered university, I promised myself that it would be a new start. I didn't like the way things were and I wanted to change it; things don't get better by itself if you don't do anything about it (this is my little life "philosophy"). It was a new beginning to finally be able (and old enough) to do what I wanted to do, try new things, explore, have fun, and enjoy myself. Getting into makeup was the transition for me. I felt more confident about myself with makeup on and confidence comes with new doors of opportunity. Thus, I wouldn't say that makeup changed my life, but it changed my perspectives in an indirect way which led me onto a more enjoyable route. Whenever I look at my makeup stash, it would always remind me of how everything I now have, came to be.