8/13/14

Review: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Hey guys! imageLong time no post! I'm not gonna babble on about my excuses so I'll just get right on to the review. I got this brush a while back on my birthday when I was at the mall with my friends and we went to Ulta because my friend wanted to get an eyeliner and I walked past the Real Techniques brushes by the infamous Pixiwoo ladies and remembered all the hype about them. Me being a huge brush hoarder, I needed to at least get one and I knew I would regret not buying it.  I opted for the expert face brush since I like these buffing kinda brushes for foundation and the other brushes didn't really suit my needs. Is it worth all that hype though? Well let's see!

When I was at Ulta, I didn't realize how small the brush is. In Youtube videos, this brush looked a bit bigger but it's pretty small! Not talking about the handle, that thing is bulky as hell. The brush head is pretty small and doesn't cover a whole lot of surface area. I believe the small head makes it ideal for any kinda work on the face ranging from foundation to contouring. At first I thought the small head would bother me and it did at first but now I'm used to it.
Although the brush head is pretty small, it's still densely packed making it impossible for foundation streaks. I actually don't really like using this brush for liquid foundation just because I feel like it sucks up too much of my liquid foundation but I've been wearing more powder foundation and it's perfect for that! But here's the cool thing about when I use this with liquid foundation. You know when you use a brush for liquid foundation and your brush bristles start to splay and stick together because it gets that liquidy product in it? This brush doesn't do that at all! I remember being able to do my entire face with this brush! Probably not good for my face to use one brush for my entire face but I had to see it for myself! I did my whole foundation, blended out my liquid concealer, powdered, and bronzed my face with this one brush. If I ever do those 5 Minute Makeup videos I'll probably use this brush since it's perfect for that!
This brush is decently soft. I remember how makeup "gurus" on Youtube would rave about how soft this brush is and it's like a baby's butt but it's not. I felt softer brushes and this Real Techniques doesn't compare. I believe ELF and Ecotools are way softer than Real Techniques but hey! At least it doesn't scratch my face!
I haven't experienced any hairs shedding and I've washed this brush quite a few times. This brush is so weird because when I wash this brush, it almost feels completely dry once I'm done washing it. It's like this brush doesn't absorb water at all. Or am I crazy?????
Compared to one of my all time favourite foundation brushes: Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki, I prefer the Expert Face Brush for powder while I'll always stick with liquid for the Sigma one. But the Expert Face Brush is great because since it's smaller and domed shape it gets around my nose easier than the Flat Top. Maybe it's because my nose is almost nonexistent. They both blend great but the Sigma absorbs foundation less than the Expert Face Brush. Of course the Sigma brush is more than double the price of the Expert Face so if you can't afford the Sigma one, the Expert Face brush is the way to go.

The only thing that bothers me is the handle. It's made so it can stand up on it's own which is nice but for me, I hold my brush handles on the end and that's the bulkiest side of the brush handle so it's like holding on to a cup to do my makeup. I had to change the way I hold brushes so I won't get cramps in hand while doing makeup so it was an easy fix.

imageLikes:
- Decently affordable ($9) If you get it at Ulta, there's usually a lot of sales going on so you can probably get it for a lot cheaper!
- Densely packed for seamless blend
- Cute orange (usually I hate orange but this works)
- Soft (but not ER-MER-GEHRD soft)
- No shedding!
- Although it covers a small surface area, it gets the job done fast!
- Doesn't get wet after liquid foundation
- Multi-purpose! I used this brush for my entire face!
- Synthetic so 100% cruelty free!
- Dome shaped so it gets around hard to reach areas better

imageNot-so-likes:
- Absorbs liquid foundations so you have to use more
- Bulky handle

So more likes than dislikes. If you need a new foundation brush in your life, maybe you should give this one a try! I feel like since I'm using powder foundation more I'm going more towards this brush than my Sigma which is weird because I've been using my Sigma more than a year!
So anyways, new updates in my life: I've been watching Bleach this entire week. I'm on episode 86 but I'm no where near close! I'm getting a new phone I think on Saturday and it's going to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! I really do not want the Note since it's too big and I wanted the S5 because it can actually fit in my pocket but my whole family is getting the Note for free so I have to. I'm trying not to complain but that phone is too big! I know my friends are gonna laugh at me because I always complain how only businessmen should have a Note since maybe they need it more. Oh lord.... At least it looks nice and it's better than my old Samsung Galaxy S2.
ALSO!!!!!! I'll probably be making a separate post and video later on but I'm starting a little shop to sell stickers (and hopefully charms later on) that I designed myself. Right now the stickers I got professionally printed are ready for pick-up so I should be opening the store maybe at the end of August? I'll update you guys later! I think it's going to be fun since I've always wanted to make my own stickers.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this review! I'm planning on posting a new post next week and if I don't, yell at me! I need to update this blog more often! Thanks for sticking with me!
xx,
Lily

7/19/14

Review | Daiso Pore Care Pack Strips

imageHi everyone! How have you all been?
So today is the first day of my summer school-free summer! Now I have more time to make blog posts (jk I have summer assignments and college apps )! So recently I went to Daiso to get a sketchbook. There ended up being no sketchbooks but I can never leave Daiso empty handed so I went over to the beauty aisle and picked up some skin care items! I really wanted to review these pore strips since I've been having difficulties with my clogged pores and it seems as though nothing has been working. I have been using the Origins Charcoal mask but that didn't really change anything for my skin. These pore strips are my last resort! These were only around $2 so I thought "Why the hell  not?"
This is such a great picture
You only get 4 strips in this pack which I personally think isn't enough. I know Biore has a pack with 14 strips for $10. Maybe I can't math right but I believe Biore is a better value overall.
Non-adhesive side
So this pore strip is made of charcoal which I believe is supposed to be good for your pores since the Origins pore mask is made of charcoal as well. The charcoal gives these strips a scent. I personally don't mind it, I actually kinda like it but I believe if you're sensitive about smells then you would find this unbearable.
What I really hate about this is that it doesn't have those slits around the area you put your nose on so it doesn't easily fit on the nose so there are some areas that don't adhere to the strip. Maybe I can cut slits by myself but that's an extra step I shouldn't have to take.
Before
Directly peeling off the pore strip. What's all this black gunk???
Don't worry. It's easily washable
As you can tell by the pictures, I personally didn't see much of a difference. Maybe my nose in the after photo looks a lot cleaner than before but still clogged pores and blackheads! And after peeling off the strip your blackhead are more apparent since it leaves all that stuff on your nose! At least it's easily washable. But still, when I first used it I was like "omg I'm trying to get rid of my blackheads but it made it worse."
Even the results on the strip are pathetic!


It did get really little of my whiteheads but you could mistake them for dust. I swear I have a whole bunch but this got nothing. I did everything the instructions told me to, I used steam to open my pores and blah blah blah but the results lol. I think I got better results using the Biore which is unfortunate since I don't wanna pay that much for Biore strips.

Likes:
- Cool smell 

Not-so-likes:
- Not a great value
- Leaves black residue on your nose
- Fits awkwardly on the nose
- Some areas are left not adhering to the strip
- Peeled off barely anything
- Comes with only 4 strips???
- Biore is better
- Don't waste your 2 bucks
- Buy some water with that money

I'm pretty sure I would have gotten better results using straight up duct tape than these strips. I read reviews online saying this did fairly well but I'm disappointed it did absolutely crap on me. I know Daiso sells a separate product, it's a white peel off mask and I saw incredible results with that so I will definitely purchase that next time I'm at Daiso.
Hope you guys enjoyed this review!

So some updates, I'm trying to upload a video once a week on my beauty channel so check that out if you're interested. Also, I've been saving money to purchase a 2DS capture card in time for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby (last time I said Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire lol) for my gaming/art channel and I'm kinda halfway there (thank God for Google Adsense) but Jesus Christ! Capture cards are so expensive, especially for Nintendo 3DS! Luckily I'm just gonna get the 2DS since it would only cost around $350 but a regular 3DS capture card is like $500-700. I was being thirsty and asking people for donations since I've seen a lot of Youtubers do that but everyone's relentless to donate to me LOL CRY. It's okay I guess. I'll just work myself.

So yeah! Hope you guys enjoyed this review! Have a great weekend!
xx,
Lily