Here’s my first post of the things I ordered with my birthday money.
This was a mix of things that I’ve wanted for quite some time now, and a couple of bits which have popped up in various blogs, or just whilst I’ve been searching for other things.
The most exciting thing had to be finally getting myself some Real Techniques brushes. I know these are hardly new and exciting for most people, but I’ve been really really wanting to try these and getting them has been just a bit excitement inducing. I got the Core collection which has the contour brush, the pointed foundation brush, detailer brush and the buffing brush in it and I also got the blush brush and the powder brush.
The one I wanted the most, surprise surprise, was the buffing brush. It has not been a disappointment – I’ve only been using foundations and bb creams, properly, for a short while, but after seeing this brush in so many videos I just knew I needed to try it as it was going to make using these products just so so much easier. I wasn’t wrong. I plan on re-evaluating all of my foundation and bb cream products now that I have this as it just makes everything so much easier to use!
The other brushes have all been fantastic too. I absolutely love the contouring brush; I had another brush which I was using for contouring, but this brush just fits the face so much better. The blush brush is just perfect and although I don’t use powder that much I’m wearing it more again just so that I can use this brush! (I’m also experimenting at using it with my ‘Glow all out’ powder to see how that works with a bigger brush for an all over coverage). The detailer brush and the pointed foundation brushes aren’t something I have an obvious use for, but I’m trying them out for a few bits and I do think they’ll find their uses.
I love these brushes so much that you may see another one pop up in a mini feel-unique haul in the not too distant future.
I also ordered the Revlon Nearly Naked foudation in the shade Ivory. I wanted this foundation after I saw just one person mention it in a blog, and then I saw more and more people mention it and every time they did they made me want it more. Even though I’m using foundations now, I’m all about the lighter coverage so this foundation just called out to me. And, as with the brushes, it’s not disappointed. I’ve only used it a couple of times so far, but both times it’s given a good coverage and it’s lasted perfectly, all day. I’ve applied it with, shockingly, the real techniques buffing brush and it’s gone on like an absolute dream.
When I first heard that ‘CC’ creams were going to be coming out I thought that it was going to be a bit of a silly play on trying to get more from the BB cream fad, a shrugged and promptly thought no more about it. But then, when I was googling for swatches for something else, I came across a blog post about this L’oreal Nude Magique CC cream. The first review seemed good, I looked some more, after about four or five blog posts I just had to try it. The ‘CC’ stands for colour correcting and so you can get these in different colours to do different things for the skin – I chose the ‘anti-redness’ one though thought that the the ‘anti-dullness’ one might be worth a try.
This cream comes out green, which isn’t what you expect from a cream you’re about to apply liberally over your face. But it seems to do something good. I’ve only had a chance to try this once, but that one time? Well it definitely evened out my redness – It wasn’t gone, but it was better. I definitely look forward to trying this some more and seeing how it goes; I’m quite expecting to be rather pleased.
The last thing I picked up was a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in the shade ‘Darling’. The revlon foundation was part of a buy one get one half price offer so I wanted to get something else, and I’m a rather big fan of revlon lip products, it seems. Recently I’ve been wearing things which aren’t much fuss and don’t take a lot of work and that means these have been pretty invaluable. I wanted another shade that was a bit more pinky as I have ‘crush’ which is the dark berry shade, and ‘honey’ which is a more natural but pinky shade. ‘Darling’ definitely ticks the box for being more of a pinky shade; I’ve only worn it once but thus far it’s a lovely shade and lasts as well as the other two do. Again, I look forward to wearing this more and maybe a proper review shall follow.