Review: Real Techniques Brushes

I have been hearing raves about the Real Techniques Brushes for a really long time, but I had some reservation about them because the brushes have synthetic hairs. When I was studying to be a makeup artist, I learned that natural hair makeup brushes pick-up powder products than synthetic ones. At the end of the day, I had to try them myself to find out what the buzz is all about.

I first got the Core Collection set which has 4 full-size brushes and a case. The brushes in this set are: the detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, and contour brush.

Real Techniques Core Collection (L-R: buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush)
Real Techniques Core Collection (L-R: buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush)

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Talk About Eyebrows

When I learned to properly groom my eyebrows, my obsession to perfect my eyebrow grooming routine also started. This means buying numerous eyebrow products.

I mean you only need 3-4 really good ones, but it seems like I have a handful. Depending on my mood, and the look I want to create I change back and forth to certain types of products: wax, pencil, and powder ones.

Most days I’m consistent, like using the same product for a week, then I change it up just because I want to test out how I would use the other products.

Being the eyebrow obsessed and compulsive buyer that I am, I bought something new recently. Here’s the Billion Dollar Brows’ Universal Brow Pencil and Brow Brush.

Billion Dollar Brow Universal Brow Pencil and Brow Brush
Billion Dollar Brow Universal Brow Pencil and Brow Brush

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NYX blush and makeup setting spray

Just last week, I received my pre-order NYX goodies from Digital Traincase. I was so to try all of them, but I know I can’t possibly use ALL of them at one time, so I decided to take a product or two at a time. On Monday, I chose the NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue as the first lip product of my 30-Day Lip Diary.

Today, I decided to test out more of my NYX purchase, specifically the powder blush in Pinched and the Makeup Setting Spray in Dewy Finish. I actually liked the blush but I haven’t decided on what I feel about the setting spray.

Here, I’m wearing the NYX powder blush in Pinched, makeup setting spray in Dewy FInish, and the H&M lipstick in Diva Bride

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Old Favorites

Ever had those good old favorite products but is no longer available in your area? Well, I know exactly how that feels!

I have some makeup products that I love so much but can no longer find them here in Manila. Here they are:

Maybelline Browdefinist in Brown and Elianto Cream Concealer in Medium

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Cheap Thrills

Since I’m on a mission to be more frugal this year, as I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been checking out what affordable makeup products I can get.

In the U.S. they have Walgreens and CVS, here in the Philippines we have Watson’s and Landmark’s beauty department.

While in Watson’s recently, I checked out some Nichido products and came home with these:

                       Nichido Eyeliners

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VMV Hypoallergenics take on BB Cream

The makeup and skincare industry are going crazy over BB cream. We, the consumers, first heard about it from Asian Brands like Skin79 and Etude House. Other makeup companies like Maybelline, L’Oreal, and Bobbi Brown have jumped on the bandwagon as well.

But it was recently that I discovered that VMV Hypoallergenics has a product equivalent of the popular BB cream, which is Skintangible “Faint”ation Skin-Refining Non-Makeup SPF 30. I was very fortunate to test the product out.

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Balms Away

I love putting eye makeup, especially mascaras. But living in the Philippines where the weather is hot and humid, us ladies go for water-proof mascaras. Sure they stay on the whole day without smearing but when it comes to taking them off before going to bed, we need a potent eye makeup remover.

It’s not that easy to completely take out the makeup. At times, it would take more than a few cotton squares, makeup remover, makeup remover wipes, and even some baby oil. It can take a lot of work and not all of us has the energy to stand in front of the mirror and spend an hour or so just to completely remove traces of makeup on our faces; this we do after a hard day at work.

Recently, I got The Balm’s Balms Away eye makeup remover. It promises to easily remove eye makeup and has vitamins A, C, and E, and a blend of plant-derived sterols and lipids.

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TRESemmé is finally here

I saw TRESemmé’s TV commercial a few weeks back and I was really glad that they are finally here! I’m no stranger with the brand. I first stumbled upon it early this year in Hong Kong when I was searching for a heat-protectant spray.

I’m so glad I bought it cause it really helps keep my hair healthy even if I blow dry or curl it almost everyday. Plus, it helps keep the curls last longer too.

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