Real Techniques

For months I had heard bloggers and Youtubers rave about Real Techniques brushes and was very keen to try them myself. Finally I found a shop that sells them here in Norway.

I got an angled foundation brush and have been using it for about two weeks.

So is it worth all the hype? That’s a clear yes!!!

I have tried it with different foundations: Sheer and high coverage, BB Cream and cream compact foundation. Whatever you use, it gives you a flawless high definition finish that makes any foundation undetectable on the skin. It’s easy to add many layers of foundation with this brush and still achieve a natural look.

Have you tried the Real Techniques bruhes yet? What is your favourite one?

Real Techniques

 

Real Techniques foundation brush

 

August favourites

And another month is coming to an end. Can’t believe it’s almost September already. Here in Norway the light is changing a little now, the sun is lower in the sky and the air you inhale is slightly more crisp than a few weeks ago.

It’s not too bad after all – summer here has been amazingly hot and I spent quite a lot of time on the beach this year. And when I lost my sunglasses yesterday, I decided that it might be time to embrace fall now.

But not before showing you my favourite products of this month.

My August favourites
My August favourites
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IsaDora Face Sculptor

This Face Sculptor by Isadora includes a bronzer, blusher and highlighter. All you need for contouring and highlighting your face. As described on the back of this product, you apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks, the bronzer on the outer parts of your forehead, sides of your nose, underneath your cheekbones, chin and (if needed) the jawline. You highlight your forehead, cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, back of your nose and brow bones (I think highlighter only makes sense underneath your eyes when it’s not shimmery, so I don’t use it there as advised in the picture). The highlighter photographs perfectly and gives you a nice glow when using flash.

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L’oreal Voluminous Mascara X5 in Carbon Black and Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N125

I used to use this mascara when I was a teenager and then for some reason neglected it for years. I recently re-discovered┬á this L’oreal classic and can tell you it’s amazing. The Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black doesn’t only give you voluminous but also very long lashes. That’s all you can ask of a mascara.

The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation I was given by a person who didn’t like it at all. I was very grateful because I had wanted to try it for years. I actually like it a lot but then again every skin is different. I think it blends in very well, is invisible and looks flawless in photos. The coverage is buildable and ranges from sheer to almost full coverage.

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Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow and Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

There is nothing like a classic red on your nails. The Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow is a timeless colour, it’s easy to apply, long-lasting and you only need one coat.

Organic Rosehip Oil is Miranda Kerr’s secret to glowing skin. I had wanted to try it for a while before I got it at John Lewis in Cambridge. They ship world wide though! The Trilogy version of this skin oil really works wonders on dry skin. But if you have oily to combination skin it doesn’t leave your skin greasy or shiny at all. I know what I’m talking about because I have dry skin in winter and rather oily skin in summer. I started using it again this month cause my skin was a bit flaky after sun bathing.

 

My favourite budget eyeliner

If you are looking for a an intense black eyeliner that lasts all day, I might have found the perfect one for you. I absolutely love the L’oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza.

It has a gel texture and is completely waterproof. It comes with an application brush that makes it easy to achieve an intense black or a slightly smudged finish.

Have you tried the L’oreal eyeliner yet or maybe have another favourite one?

L'oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza
L’oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza

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Hawaiian Tropic bodylotion

Have you ever heard about Hawaiian Tropic? I seriously don’t know how I could live without this stuff until now. They make sun protection and After Sun products. They smell amazing and leave your skin very soft.

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun with Coconut smell
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun Body Butter with Coconut smell

 

Farewell presents and my favourites from Mac

Before I moved from Germany to Norway I had a big farewell party at my place. My four suitcases were packed and it was less than 48 hours until my flight. A couple of days before that people had asked me what presents they could possibly give to a person with overweight luggage and who had just tried to get rid of as many possessions as possible. Maybe no presents at all I would say? But my friends are persisent. Something light and useful was on their mind. And once I actually started thinking about it – useful and light? – it didn’t take me long to figure it out. My all time make-up favourites were almost used up and so I made a wish. You can see my best friends from Mac in the photo below.

It’s the Select Moisture Cover Concealer (I’m an NW 15) and the Lip pencil in Soar.

My favourite Mac products
My favourite Mac products

Both products last for ages and are always in my purse. After I had spent years trying to find the perfect concealer, I stumbled upon the Select Moisturecover. It’s invisible, lightweight but still offers enough coverage to hide dark under eye circles and skin imperfections. The trick is to layer it (thin layers!) until you achieve the perfect result.

The lip pencil in Soar has a perfect colour for anybody. I naturally have very red lips and it almost looks like my actual lip colour when I wear it. If your lips are on the lighter side, you can simply use less pressure to get a perfect result. The colour is just so natural that it will suit any skin tone.

Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 15 and Lip Pencil in Soar
Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 15 and Lip Pencil in Soar

I have to tell you that my friends got me more than just this in the end. They actually gave me framed photos, scrapbooks, video messages and long letters. My already overweight luggage was so heavy that I could hardly drag it along from the car to the check-in counter. But at least I have the full package now: Useful light things and lovely memories. Amazing friends, huh?

 

Baume de Rose – The Must-have lip balm?

So I heard a lot about Baume de Rose by the French cosmetic brand by Terry. At a price of around 40 Euros it is quite expensive for a simple lip balm. But this is the whole point – other reviewers and the brand itself claim that it is not your regular lip care product.

After trying it at Schnitzler, a store in D├╝sseldorf, Germany, I was convinced. It goes on easily and gives you the softest lips ever! A little goes a long way. Looking milky pink in the glass, it is almost transparent on the lips and shiny but not sparkly.

While I was applying lip products about every two hours in the past, I have to use Baume de Rose only twice a day to keep my lips smooth and soft. I do more often though cause I just love the rose scent and the subtle shine on my lips.

Have you tried by Terry’s Baume de Rose yet? What are your thoughts?

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Baume de Rose by Terry comes in a small glass with a silver top.
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The 10 year anniversary Edition with little hearts. I love the design.