Review – Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Why did you buy this product?

I bought it because I heard some good reviews about it, I specifically heard “UglyFaceOfBeauty” talking about it in one of her videos and saying how much she loved it. I have been using the same makeup brush for so long and thought I would try a sponge for a change.

How much was it?

It cost around £4 from Boots.

What was the sponge quality and texture like?

The sponge feels amazing on your skin. It is so soft yet firm enough to apply foundation evenly to your face. It is a real treat to use on the skin. I don’t think it would rip or tear easily.

How well does it apply foundation?

Okay, I have to admit this sponge just doesn’t agree with my face. I use Mac Studio Fix foundation and it comes off so easily when I use this sponge! I realize that I might have to build my foundation more with a sponge, but even after I do this it still seems to come off my face so quickly. I would come home from college with a white chin and forehead, even after applying powders on top and primer underneath. It does make applying foundation quick and easy! It is so soft to the face and buffs in very well. There is an angled corner specifically for getting in areas around your eyes and nose which is really handy. It does apply foundation thinly, if you want to hide blemishes or freckles, you need to go over them areas a few times.

Do you think it is worth the money?

For £4 you can’t go wrong. I did expect a better product from this brand as it is very popular, but maybe sponges just aren’t for me.

Would you buy it again?

No. I won’t be buying this product again as it will probably last me a very long time anyway! It is always good to have a sponge handy though.

What is your overall opinion?

I think it is a good quality ‘build’ of a product. It is a good size, texture, and, you’ve got to love the bright orange colour! It’s very soft on the skin which is important, especially for people with sensitive skin. I am disappointed with how this sponge makes MY foundation look. For me, it leaves my face a bit patchy from the start, and it comes off my face very quickly, which is disappointing. I have went back to using my Mac foundation brush and I couldn’t believe the difference. My foundation has been staying on all day, doesn’t look as oily and doesn’t wear off anywhere NEAR as quickly. I think it MIGHT be suitable for someone with a tanned complexion who doesn’t need an awful lot of face coverage. I would give this product a 5/10.

Have you tried this product? If so, have you had similar problems :)? x

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Mac ‘Well Dressed’ Powder blush review

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Why did I purchase this product?

I was looking a blusher for a long time, and didn’t have a clue what one to go for, as I haven’t really cared much about blusher in the past. As it’s getting into the colder months I think it’s nice to have a little glow on the cheeks so this is why I’m reviewing it now! 

How much is it?

It is quite pricey at £18. I bought it in Dublin which was in euros and it came to around 25 euros!

What is the colour like?

It’s a very subtle pink colour which is great for a natural look that the cold weather would give you. If you like bright coloured cheeks, this won’t be for you. It is subtle but build-able to a certain amount. It has a shimmery sheen to it that gives a little bit of extra texture to your makeup. It is good for a natural pink cheek look or can be a shimmery party number depending on how you want it. Here is a picture with me wearing it on the apples of my cheeks. (Excuse my face being so close…) As you can see it looks natural but I have made it noticeable.

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What is the texture like?

The texture is so soft it feels like velvet! It does feel quite luxurious, but what else can you expect from MAC? It doesn’t look cakey on the cheeks either which is why it looks so natural. Here is a photo with it swatched on my very pale wrist! It does look very natural and see through here, but it does look different over foundation.

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Is it worth the money?

I would say, yes it is worth the money. It is expensive but you get what you pay for! If you want a natural looking blusher that is build-able and looks professional and will last you a long time, I would go for this one. Cheaper versions can crumble and you end up not getting the full use out of them, but with this one the packaging is superb and will hold in place forever. 

What skin type is it suitable for?

I would say it is suitable for a lot of skin types. I am very pale and I always wear foundation, but if I didn’t I know it would look lovely on my pale skin as well. I think if you are very tanned you might want a slightly more pigmented colour as this one is natural looking and the pink might go unnoticed on some tanned skin. 

What would you rate it out of 10?

This blusher gets a 10/10 from me because it is exactly what I like in a blusher. It is natural, buildable, shimmery and so soft on the skin! I would buy this again 100 percent. Below there is an image that shows the colour of this blush well.

I hope you all enjoyed this review and now you can all have those pink cheeks for the cold winter weather :)! Check out this product here if you are interested! x

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How much is my face worth?

I’ve seen this post floating about the blogging network and it caught my attention straight away! In this post I am going to be listing all the beauty products I use every day and the price of them so I can figure out a grand total of how much my face is worth! Haha! Here it goes! Feel free to do this post gals!

  • Mac Studio Fix foundation – £21.50
  • HD Brows palette – £20.00
  • Ebay Brush set – £5.00
  • Mac foundation flat brush – £24.30
  • Collection 2000 concealer – £4.90
  • Makeup Academy Pro-Base Primer – £6.00
  • Bourjoir Maxi Delight Bronzer – £8.99
  • 2true Clear powder – £4.00 (estimate)
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick – £6.49
  • Mac ‘Well Dressed’ powder blush – £16.20
  • Benefit Eye bright pencil – £13.50
  • MUA eyeshadow palette – £6.99
  • Eyelash curler – £5.00
  • Model Co eyeliner pencil – £5.99

Grand total – £148.86

Eek! I am a little shocked at this total! I didn’t realize a lot of the products I used cost as much as they did! I think this is because I don’t re-purchase brushes etc. regularly!  Maybe this will stop me from buying them again 😉 NOT! I hope you can all do this post, I’d love to know how much your face is worth 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Lyndsy x

*Image sourced from Lauren Curtis

 

 

 

Mac Studio Fix Fluid Review NC20

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Why did you get this foundation?

I purchased this foundation about a month ago as I wanted a change and something that left a professional look. I didn’t know where to start and researched into this one. I noticed the YouTube star Shaaanxo worn this foundation in the colour NC20. It looked incredible on her and my skin tone is very close to hers. If you are unsure of your skin tone, make sure to research the colours and tones! There is plenty of help for this on the internet.

What about the price?

I purchased this one off Debenhams website and it was around £25.00 (not too sure!) This is dear if, like me, you are used to purchasing drug store makeup! I didn’t mind though because I was looking to find the perfect, flawless foundation, no matter what the price. I looked it up on Ebay and there are a few people selling them for a good price, but they were sold out of my shade when I looked.

How was the colour match?

The colour match turned out great for me. It isn’t a perfect match to my skin tone, i’ll be honest. It is a little more ‘tan’ than me! I don’t mind this though, as it isn’t really noticeable, and I actually like having a bit of a darker face with some clear powder over it. The colour is a little light when I have fake tan on, but then again it isn’t a really noticeable difference when you finished with bronzer etc. I absolutely love this shade on me and would recommend it to anyone who likes a healthy colour to their face. 

How was the coverage?

This foundation is very light in texture, it dries in quite quickly and it is a build-able foundation. I don’t need a lot of it to have a good coverage on my face.  

What was the overall look of the foundation like?

I am so pleased with the overall look of this foundation. It dries in quickly, and leaves a smooth texture on my face even without any primer. It covers pores, redness and spots. It smells lush too! I always where powder over my foundation to get rid of shine, and with this foundation and powder together, it leaves such a flawless finish! Think Kim Kardashian style flawless! It honestly has really lived up to the good reviews I have read. 

Any cons to this product?

The only thing I don’t appreciate about this product is the small size of bottle and the pretty big price tag! It is only 30ml. Also, it comes with a screw off lid, if you want a pump lid you have to buy this separate! The SPF is 15, which I think is slightly high for this flawless product, if it were lower, I believe the colour would look outstanding in photography, as the higher the SPF, the more whiter your face looks. I will definately be repurchasing this product again! If I am tight with money, I will save it for special occasions and you a drugstore makeup for every day wear! 

Thanks for reading, Lyndsy x