Monday, February 4, 2013

Recent Acquisitions

A quick post on a dreary, snowy Monday featuring a round-up of some recently purchased products that I have been enjoying lately -


Brushes

Finally got my hands on a couple of Real Techniques brushes (a friend kindly picked these up for me from Ulta in the US, but they are available on iherb.com if you are interested). I have been loving the Expert Face Brush for buffing in foundation. It's not quite as dense as my Sigma F80 which means it gives slightly less coverage, making it perfect for light daytime makeup. The smaller Setting Brush has been great for powdering smaller areas such as the under-eye or just the T-zone of the face. 
Good price point and I'm excited to try more of these!

Foundations

My good friend Dara kindly sent me an extra bottle she had lying around of the Armani Maestro Foundation. I got a couple of samples of this foundation from the counter when it was first released, loved it and was planning to purchase it anyway so when Dara offered to send me her extra bottle I was beyond excited. Shade #4 is quite similar to B20 in Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, for reference. It's a sheer coverage foundation that is super lightweight, blends like a dream and dries to a satin/matte finish. It's awesome for oily skin. I don't even need to powder it. I will be doing a more in-depth review of this :)

Another foundation that I purchased on the recommendation of a friend is MAC Face and Body. I got it in the shade C1 which is the perfect match for my "winter face". This foundation is super sheer. More sheer than the Armani Maestro or any other foundation/tinted moisturizer that I have tried, actually. I apply it either with my fingers or the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and get a beautiful, natural finish. It leaves a more natural finish than the Maestro foundation and lasts a decent time on the skin. However it definitely needs to be set with powder, especially if you get oily in the T-zone. It's not an ideal formula for oily skins but I love the texture and finish so much, I don't mind busting out the blotting sheets every once in a while!

Eyes/Lips

Urban Decay "Naked" eyeshadow is the latest to join my collection and it's the perfect warm mid-tone brown. I've been using it all over the lid or in the crease. Great texture and easy to blend.

For the lips, MAC lip liner in "Half Red" is perfect for a natural-toned defined lip. It enhances the lip line beautifully and even looks good worn all over the lip topped with clear gloss. And speaking of clear gloss, Lip Fusion's collagen-boosting clear gloss formula makes my lips feel plumper than ever.


All in all, I am super happy and excited with my recent acquisitions. 
For now I am just anxiously awaiting warmer weather and days that don't involve me scraping ice off of my car fpr half an hour before trying to go somewhere.

xx

Sandra 

45 comments:

  1. I'd love to use the Maestro foundation! Nice products you've picked out!

    Great post!

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  2. The Armani foundation is on my to-buy list but I've promised myself to finish at least one bottle of foundation before buying another :)

    I also love MAC F&B, I only ever used it in the summer though (N2 is my summer match). Gotta try it in winter now!

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  3. You can't go wrong with the RT brushes! I love them!

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  4. I really want to try Face & Body but because of the low coverage I'm waiting until summer rolls around. The lipliner looks a gorgeous colour too :)

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  5. I've heard so many great things about those brushes - I must pick them up next time I travel to the USA.

    It's always nice to hear about foundations that are good for oily skin. I'm currently using Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation, which is great so far, but I'm always looking to try new things. I might have to give the Armani a try for a lighter coverage.

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  6. I also have the real Techniques Brushes, and I love them. Need to try the Armani foundation, looks so good and elegant!

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  7. Naked is one of my favorite eyeshadows! And face and body is one of the many foundations that I have been wanting to try. Maybe I'll get it in the summer, hopefully it won't be too oily for me then

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  8. ive been told that with the mac foundation the more you work it into your skin the more coverage you get. maybe try that!?

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  9. Real Techniques are amazing! Love Pixiwoo!
    Love your blog :)
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    Lil xx

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  10. I loved this post! The Armani foundation is next on my list to try :) I also cannot wait for the weather to get better.

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  11. I can't even tell you how long I have wanted to try that MAC foundation but for one reason or another just have never purchased it. Good to hear it works well with that Expert Face brush--that probably means I need to buy that foundation now!

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  12. Ooh I love the eyeshadow from Urban Decay you picked up, I use mine alot. I may buy the full sized one soon xx

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  13. Naked is one of my most used eyeshadows, love it! :)

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  14. I ordered the real techniques starting set a couple of says ago (the one that's all eye brushes) but before they've even arrived I'm already thinking of getting more of the brushes thanks to this post haha

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  15. I just got the setting brush, expert face brush and blush brush from RT. LOVE them. They dry so quickly!

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  16. I love the real techniques brushes. I have the stippling brush and the blush brush. The blush brush is great for powder and foundation!
    Really need to get my hands on the armani foundation. Need to try and finish off some of the foundations I already have :| haha x

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  17. I looooove love love (one love is just not enough) the RT brushes!

    xoxo Frida

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  18. I'm really tempted to try the Armani Maestro Foundation! Have heard such great things about them x

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  19. Real Techniques brushes became such a revelation to me) I love my MAC ones, but these are even better and cheaper)

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  20. Great! I like everything you got!

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  21. Wow, these are some lovely products! The Real Techniques brushes have been on my radar for some time now- will have to check them out soon! And I recently tried a sample of the Maestro foundation and was pleasantly surprised- the coverage was somewhat buildable and it agreed nicely with my oily skin. Think it's a keeper! :)

    -Jen

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  22. Great sharing
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  23. Love the real techniques brushes and the foundations as well, following now :)

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    x

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  24. I bought a some of the Real Techniques brushes from iherb...I love them. they're surpizing good for that price point. I guess it really shows you don't have to spend a future on really good brushes. On a different note...I found a really good pore refiner that has also worked extremely well as a primer..from Bioderma. I have combination skin but can look oily in the t-zone. It's been great. Just wanted to mention it to you...maybe you've tried it before.

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    1. i tried a couple of their sebium mat products before but not the pore refiner!

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  25. How does UD Naked eyeshadow compare to MAC's Wedge? I'm a huge sucker for these mid-tone crease/transition/blending colours haha.

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  26. How does UD Naked eyeshadow compare to MAC's Wedge? I'm a huge sucker for these mid-tone crease/transition/blending colours haha.

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    1. it's slightly warmer and lighter than wedge :) and more of a satin finish rather than matte. i love it

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  27. I really love your blog! You really helped me out!! Thank you, hon :)

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  28. i love my real techniques expert face brush for my foundation, flawless coverage!

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  30. Nice products, would like to get my hands on the real technique brushes!
    The urban Decay eyeshadow is also a very nice one!


    Xxx

    Katrien

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  31. Gostei do seu blog :)
    bjs Leila
    aguardo sua visitinha....

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  32. We used to have LipFusion here in Manila but somehow disappeard :( I miss that product! I love your blog! Specially the photos because they are so detailed and clear, I can really understand about your post. I followed you on GFC and BlogLovin'! Maybe you can come by mine too and maybe follow each other? :) Thank you for this post! I can't wait to read more of your posts. More power to you!

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  33. Your blog is really lovely! Such great posts :D

    Would love a visit back :D
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  34. nice post.
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  36. I really want to try MAC Face and Body but I'm worried it might be a bit dewy for my oily skin.

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  37. Great finds. Overall, I love Mac! :)

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  38. love Armani Maestro Foundation..it is an amazing amazing foundation! i have had it for quite sometime now and thoroughly enjoying it

    ~divs
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  39. Love this post! Real Techniques is becoming available at Walmart across Canada :) I'm looking forward to buying some of the single brushes soon.

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