Thursday, 27 September 2012

Real Techniques Core Collection

real techniques core collection

real techniques core collection

In my last post, this was on my wishlist, since then I've had my birthday and decided to treat myself and buy it with some birthday money. I'm so glad I did. These brushes are great value for money and are a revolution to the way I've been applying some of my makeup. Before buying the Real Techniques Core Collection, I used the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply my liquid foundation. I wonder how I coped even using that once I used the Buffing Brush. I love how easily it buffs in my foundation without any streaks or using up tons of product.

The kit contains a detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing and contour brush. I used the detainer brush as a under eye concealer brush which worked well, but using my fingers is still much faster and easier. I prefer the buffing brush for my foundation so will be using the foundation brush for something else, that's what I love the most about the Real Techniques brushes, they're so versatile!

I haven't had much of a chance to try all of the brushes out properly but I love the contour brush, it's small enough to subtly contour my face without the muddy effect that I can sometimes leave the house with. This is a great investment in my eyes and to anyone who's thinking it's £21.99 - yes it is, but their other brushes range around the £10 mark each and in comparison to the likes of Mac, Sigma brushes etc, you actually get a really good deal.

Have you tried out the Real Techniques Core Collection set?

Ps. I kindly got a brilliant, snazzy, new camera for my birthday from my boyfriend so hopefully, my pictures should improve. I'm learning how to use it slowly but surely, I'm only used to my small digital camera!

Pps. I'm away in Germany for a few days from this morning (scheduled post and tweets here and there) so I will be having a break for a few days and will be back next week with some better photos and content hopefully!

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Monday, 24 September 2012

It's my birthday!

I haven't done a wishlist for a while so I thought I'd show you all what I'm currently needing/craving/please help me get them into my life.

1. The Real Techniques Core Collection - I've got quite a few of their brushes now, I feel I most definitely need this one in my life though.
Available from Boots for £21.99 or Lovemakeup (worldwide shipping) for £20.99.

2. Nars Orgasm/Laguna Bronzer Duo - I've wanted this for quite a while but something inside of me says £30..for a blusher/bronzer combo, can you really afford it? The answer is no, I can think of better things to spend my money on but it's so pretty...
I do believe this is only available from Nars online but don't quote me if I'm wrong..

3. Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki - After seeing many, many reviews, I've decided I'm pretty sure this will make my skin look flawless. It's on the pricer side of things, but it's a payday splurge kind of item rather than a near the end of the month (payday hurry up, can you tell?)
Available from Lovemakeup for £14.99.

4. Origins Brightening Musts Set - I very nearly bought this last month but chickened out at the checkout. I'm pretty sure this will be gone soon because it's an amazing deal but I will most definitely be treating myself to this for my birthday before I regret it!
Available from Origins only for £26.

5.ASOS Leigh Patent Ballet T-bar Flats - These are adorable. I'm only a shorty at 5 ft 1 and prefer flat shoes as they're much comfier, and easier to walk in! I've had these on my favourites for a good while and they're currently only £21 from ASOS - bargain!

6.Elf Brush Case - Me and my lovely Boyfriend are off to Germany for a few days next week for a belated birthday trip so I need a brush storage holder and think this cheap one from Elf will be perfect, I just hope it will come in time!! It's only £5 from

I have since added one which is technically cheating but in my defence, I do need this too so...I have some amazing Muji storage and would like some more just to make some of the clutter a bit more tidy. This Acrylic Partition will be great for some of my brushes and random samples I have lying around. It's only £7.95 too, I love Muji and even my Boyfriend does! We both spent a good 45 minutes looking round their concession shop in Selfridges, Trafford Centre!

So there we have it. It's my birthday today (boo to getting old!) but I'm not sure what I have planned yet (this is scheduled as I will be out and about on the day). Hope you all had a great weekend! And if anyone wants to buy me any of the above, feel free :)

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

My Favourite Elf Brushes

L-R - Stippling Brush, Complexion Brush, Blusher Brush.

I've been a bit of a make-up brush snob as of late so I wanted to post my favourite Elf brushes which were all £3.75 each! Bargain. I've only fell back in love with them recently. When I was a make-up brush virgin shock horror, the first people I went to for brushes when on a budget was Elf (or Eyes Lips Face if you're not familiar with the brand)

They lasted me for a good year when I first bought them but then I found bigger and better, Real Techniques being the main brushes I love. Every time Elf do a discount code, I have to force myself not to buy tons on their site. Their last discounts were for the studio range on the brushes so I bought a few, the blush brush and complexion brush being a couple of them. I have to say, I actually prefer these brushes over my Real Techniques blush brush for blush and bronzer. I use the complexion brush mainly for bronzer, although sometimes when I forget my brushes whilst on the go I use it for powder too so it's all good!

I was using the stippling brush (which is now one year old!) for liquid foundation for a few months before realising it just made my face streaky and it soaked most of the product, I prefer a denser, flat top brush to blend in the product completely. Instead, it works much, much better with cream blusher and gives me a natural glow. I'm really impressed with their brushes and although my stippling brush is falling to pieces now, see the bristles are falling out a little and the shape isn't quite the same. For £3.75 I will definitely be re-purchasing not one but two next time I make a cheeky order.

Have you tried Elf's brushes? What's your favourite?

You can buy the: 
Complexion Brush - £3.75 here
Blush Brush - £3.75 here
Stippling Brush - £3.75 here.
All from

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

I spotted this Nivea Visage tinted moisturiser whilst out doing the food shopping and saw it had been reduced to £2, what more could you ask for?! I love Nivea products and generally my skin loves them too. I thought I'd give it a go to see if it'd be a good base for my makeup.

The product itself comes out a little thicker than your average foundation but blends really easily. It's got an ever so slight tint which doesn't make my face really muddy like most tinted moisturisers but I do find I need to mix it with a normal moisturiser normally. It smooths out my skin but doesn't create any wonders or illusions my skin is flawless, shame. But I do like it, unless I find anything way better, I will definitely re-purchase if I see it again but I think this will last me a good year at least! I'm so fickle with products, but if I really like something then I remember to buy it again.

Have you tried Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (why the massive title Nivea?)
You can find it at Boots for £3.66 or if you're near an Asda, it's currently £2! I'm not sure if Nivea is available across the continent though so would be interested to find out.

On another note, I can't believe how much Christmas is creeping in, sorry for those who hate people talking about it so early. Reminders are coming in all forms, the supermarket, shops, social just means my Christmas shopping needs to start soon and be over with as quick as possible! Anyone else say this every year and then go shopping on Christmas Eve?! Last but not least, I've had that Gangnam song in my head ALL day! Won't be long until I hate it!

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Almond Hand & Nail Cream

the body shop almond hand and nail cream
The Body Shop - Almond Hand & Nail Cream RRP £10

Working in an office means that my hands are constantly typing and in the winter my hands go mega dry, something that isn't pretty and hurts quite a bit. On a recent mass Body Shop spending during a 50% discount, one thing I added to my basket was this Almond Hand & Nail Cream. I am a massive fan of their body butters, albeit them being pretty expensive normally. I've noticed a way lot more discount codes from them lately so I think they're trying to get more people spending from them. Sceptical, me?

The product itself as I say with most things smells gorgeous. It does take a while to sink into the skin so I just keep rubbing until it eventually soaks in. It's far from sticky which I absolutely hate and I always get comments from people when I use it saying "what's that smell?!". It helps keep my hands moisturised all day, but bearing in mind we're not into the cold period yet so I can't report on that until the winter months draw in :(

The price of this is £10 which I wouldn't pay normally, but then I guess if you think of L'occitane's lovely hand cream for this size it's usually £17 ish for 150ml.  You can buy The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream from their site here for £10 RRP (or I suggest you wait for the offers).

Have you tried this hand cream?

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

That Vanilla Moment

treacle moon that vanilla moment review
Treacle Moon - That Vanilla Moment - RRP £2.99 (Currently £1.99 in Tesco)
Hands up who loves vanilla scents? I do and I own so many bath products, more often than not I turn to Treacle Moon and N-Spa. I love their scents and this one doesn't fail. In between fake tanning I go very patchy and it isn't pretty. I have to use scrubs at least every other day so I go through it like nobody's business. I bought this on a whim a few weeks ago purely for the scent.

I have the bath/shower gel of this too and although I think it looks a little different colour wise, it still smells the same.I use the shower gel as a bubble bath which gives me tons of bubbles, even in my slow-water-running bath! Before people get really confused, going off on a tangent here, my boiler pressure is completely hopeless and we need a new one, but it means that my shower is basically a trickle and the taps take ages to fill the bath. Bubbles are non existant most of the time in my household unless I make my own bubbles manually. :( Anyone want to buy me a new boiler?

Anyway back to the product, the bits are big enough that it exfoliates the dead skin properly (lovely!) whilst still keeping me smelling vanilla-y afterwards! The bottle is pretty big at 225ml and that will usually last me around 3-4 months at least! If you're looking for a good scrub that smells good enough to eat then what more can you ask for?

Treacle Moon products are available at Tesco, usually on offer and starting at £1.99.

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