Real Techniques Cheek & Lip Set*

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Real Techniques is one of those brands that I hadn’t really tried out until relatively recently, but I’m now somewhat obsessed by! If you’ve not come across them yet, head over to your nearest Boots or Superdrug, who will undoubtably have some and you can start your collection too! They’re the brainchild of top beauty bloggers Pixiwoo (otherwise known as Samantha and Nicole Chapman) and it’s not an understatement to say that over the past few years, they’ve really taken the world by storm!

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Slowly but surely I’ve been creating something of a collection, so when I saw the Cheek & Lip kit I couldn’t resist. Consisting of a big fluffy powder brush, a contour brush and dinky lip brush, the trio is a real workhorse which you can reach for every morning.

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The Cheek Brush is an exclusive addition to the set, and it’s the thing that your brush-dreams are made of! First off, the size is absolutely perfect if you like to sweep your bronzer or blush on. The bristles feel super soft, and fan out to effortlessly apply bronzers and blushes in a believable wash of colour. I’ve been using the brush for bronzer application (so not just on my cheeks) and I’ve really fallen in love. It doesn’t shed bristles and it’s so comfortable to use. The kit is worth it’s weight in gold for this brush alone!

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The contour brush is probably the one I was most excited to try from the kit. I’ve not had a dedicated contour brush before, so the idea itself feels novel, and Real Techniques makes my most-used highlight brush, so I had super high expectations. The contour brush is a duo-fibre one, so the base of the brush is made from shorter, more densely packed bristles, whilst it ends in longer, super soft fibres. The brush makes contouring ridiculously easy, I swirl the brush in my contouring shade, apply a little under my cheekbones, around my chin and a little to my temples and around my hairline and I’m good to go. The brush leaves a soft, almost airbrushed effect which looks super natural. You’re not left with a dirty looking smudge, instead, it’s just a pretty and believable amount of definition.

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Last up is the lip brush, which, if you’re loving a defined, matte lip this season, it’s your must-have tool. The fibres of the brush are pleasingly firm, allowing you to easily control your lip colour, it’s absolutely invaluable for creating a perfect statement lip.

The Real Technique Cheek & Lip Set is priced at £19.99 and is available here.

Gift Guide: Real Techniques Eyelining Set*

Real Techniques Eyelining Set

Now that we’re in the run-up to Christmas, I’ve been falling in love with a whole host of eyeshadow palettes. I’ve got my posts on them coming up, but something that’s been really important in me getting the most out of my new acquisitions has been the Real Techniques Eyelining Set.

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The set features four must-have brushes complete with an adorable little silver pouch to keep them in. If you’re a big eye makeup person, it’s a real investment product!

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On a daily basis, I don’t tend to use the silver pouch, but it’s incredibly handy to have if I need to do my makeup away from home. Each of the brushes just slot in, and then the flap keeps every safe and tidy.

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First up is the Pointed Eyeliner Brush, a wonderful little brush if you’re a fan of a softly defined eye look. The bristles are long and flat, meaning that it’s super easy to control, and it’s a great option for days when I want to use a gel liner.

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The Precision Liner Brush might just be the dinkiest in my collection. The super defined shape coupled with the point means that it creates the perfect line. It’s a real perfectionist’s tool, and if you’re a fan of a cat eye or flick, this is the brush for you!

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I tend to use the Angled Eyeliner Brush for filling in my eyebrows, as it creates a really great, natural look. The bristles are lovely and stiff, and the brush picks up the perfect amount of pigment.

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Last up is possibly my favorite from the lineup – the Smudge Brush. It’s a small, densely packed C shaped brush which is really wonderful for creating a smudge-y smokey eye. I love to dip it in a darker shade and push it into my lash line for a casual look.

The Real Techniques Eyeliner Set is priced at £19.99 and is available here

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set*

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Even though I buy makeup on an all-too-regular basis, I really felt that I needed to update my brush selection. I’m guilty of relying on a few old favourites, and whenever I watch makeup videos on youtube, I get a case of serious brush envy.

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Thankfully though, Real Techniques have absolutely come to my rescue with their gorgeous new Deluxe Gift Set. Out right in time for Christmas, the set features five staple brushes, as well as a silver clutch. So, if you’re just building your brush collection, or, like me, you need to update your collection this is a surefire hit!

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Since I had never gotten around to trying Real Technique brushes before, the opportunity of testing out five was such a great opportunity! The brush I probably use is the Multi Task Brush. Designed for the flawless application of blush, bronzer and powders, it has a wonderfully soft, fluffy dome which picks up just the right amount of product for a subtle application. I tend to use it mainly for blush, as it really disperses colour well, giving a soft, blended look.

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The Tapered Foundation Brush has a beautifully soft, densely packed head, which is really wonderful for creating a flawless base. I’ve been trying the brush with my beloved Dior Star Foundation on days when I want to look more ‘done’. I tend to apply the foundation from my nose and chin, and blend outwards, giving a light and even coverage.

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The Angled Highlighter Brush has been such a godsend for me! I tend to just use my regular powder brush in highlighters, but the Angled Highlighter Brush means that creating a natural, sculpted look super easy! The brush isn’t too big to be overwhelming to use, and the bristles are perfectly soft! I use the brush in my Hourglass Ambient Lighting and brush over my cheekbones, nose and brow bones.

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The Base Shadow Brush is perfect for creating a subtle, natural eye look. Swirled about in a light, natural base colour, the Shadow Brush softly blends out colour, and it’s great for covering my lids. The bristles are so soft, and it’s also perfect for blending out colour when I’m creating a more complex look.

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Last up is the Fine Liner Brush which is wonderful for creating a subtle, defined eye. The brush itself is incredibly fine, and it makes lining my eyes an absolute breeze. I absolutely love using the brush in my gel and cream liners, as it gives such a precise line!

As you can probably tell, I’m absolutely in love with the Deluxe Gift Set – the brushes are incredible quality, and they are beautiful too!

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set is currently on offer for £20.00 (usually £30.00) here

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