Real Techniques – Deluxe Gift Set Brushes Review

As a newbie makeup blogger I’ve been stocking up my makeup arsenal with different brands and tools that can help me with my photo-shoots. Makeup brushes are at the core of makeup because it’s very important for the final look, brushes help spread the product out evenly and gives precision with application.

Where I purchased the brushes:

My sister got these brushes from a website called iherb.com, they are a U.S based site that ships internationally, so that does mean the shipping charges are a bit high. Shipping takes a while for iherb, this package took 8 days to arrive. Amazon.in also sells them, and most are amazon fulfilled so it’s trustworthy (according to me.) Even Nykaa sells a few collections on their website!

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This is my favorite brush from the set! It really is good at multitasking as I use it as a blush brush, foundation brush, or powder brush. The bristles are VERY soft, so it’s gentle on the skin, it’ll make you want to put on makeup all the time. The blend-ability is really good and helps in effortless application of blush, powders, foundation, etc. Product pickup is good on this as most of the time I have to dab off the excess, and it RT does sell a separate blush brush, buffing brush, etc. but this set is more of a ‘starter’ kit with a little bit of all their collections.

Rating 4.5/5

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This brush is super dense and that’s the problem. It requires a lot of pressure in order to spread the foundation which is not good for your skin, especially since it’s ideally for under eye application. I don’t use this brush as much as the others, it’s not very good for heavy (liquid) foundation or concealer because it basically doesn’t help to blend it onto the skin. I prefer using the RT beauty blender for applying my foundation/concealer. This is the only brush in the collection with dense bristles while the others have soft bristles.

Rating: 2.5/5

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This specifically meant for highlighting the face, it’s broadly angled so you can easily accentuate certain areas of your face, but the brush is a little small to cover most large areas, so it works best when you want to highlight the nose or cupids bow.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Again this is a great starter eye shadow brush. It takes up the product well and blends well on my eye lid. I wouldn’t solely depend on this brush for eye shadows as it’s good to have a few brushes for when you want to blend two colors, etc.

Rating: 4/5

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I’m not a huge fan of liquid eyeliners so I haven’t use this for that purpose at all, but the bristles are very fine and small so it can probably be used to create a good cat-eye or wing. I sometimes use this to apply my lipstick as a lip-liner, just to outline my lips and then fill it in later.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Overall review of brushes:

The RT brushes have long handles making them pretty sturdy, allowing for hassle-free use. They are fairly easy to clean but I recommend washing them often especially after heavy use just so that it makes the whole washing process easier. I have heard that after a while the bristles do start becoming curly and come off, but I haven’t experienced anything so far, if I do I’ll let you know. But I think that happens with most brushes after constant use, and at their affordable prices it’s a bargain.

The kit also comes with a white travel size clutch, but because it’s really pretty and white I hate putting my used brushes inside for fear that it’ll get dirty, so I use it only after I’ve cleaned them. Kinda pointless but the color is the only bad thing about the clutch!

I wanted to make a video about these brushes but instead I’ve written this blog and created a few short videos on how I used these brushes. You can see them on my Instagram, as I’ll be posting them throughout the week. Also do check out some oft he videos I have on my YouTube Channel: Nykaa Haul, Forest Essentials Pure Rose Water Toner.

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Conceptualization | Collaboration with Rishika Nath

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Photography and fashion have such a dynamic relationship. Of late conceptual photography is being merged with fashion photography to create some pretty breath-taking photos. What I mean when I say ‘conceptual’ is when you use a specific location or props as the main focus of the photo, and then you’ve got the model posing with the specific outfit. All in all it’s really fun to shoot because you’re not restricted in movement or style, plus it just adds a very creative and unique look overall 🙂

As for the outfit, I wanted to mix patterns because that’s not something I usually do and I’m sure not many other people do either. I tend to play it safe and go with solid colors, but this combination seemed to work really well! I always say that basics are important, and I love my basic wear. This stripped black and white top from Forever 21 is so versatile because you can pair it with any color and type of skirts, jeans, leggings, or even shorts! It’ll go great with solid colors or even simple patterns like the leggings I am wearing. This outfit is also a very simple summer outfit that I can wear anywhere! The floral leggings from Reliance Trends adds that summery touch. Accessories wise just go with your gut and whatever mood you’re in! Ive paired this outfit with a white watch with gold accents and a white pearl bracelet, along with a black circle bag- I usually go for a minimalistic look 🙂

Now even though I said the top is from Forever 21, which is expensive to most people, that doesnt mean you cant shop there! The sale section has amazing selections for you to choose from, and you can take a look at their online collections. I know it sucks that there isn’t a Forever 21 in Chennai but I’m sure it’ll pop up soon 😉

Rishika Nath, a close friend, is an aspiring photographer who has an amazing eye for conceptual photography, you can have a look at her tumblr where she showcases most of her photographs 🙂

LAKME ENRICH SATIN | SHADE: M422

Any girl in her 20’s will soon discover or grow an addiction towards lipstick. At least, I know I have.

What I look for in makeup, and pretty much everything, is affordability. So, you can see why I was ecstatic when I saw this lipstick. Anyway let’s get to it.

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Overall:

This is NOT a matte lipstick so it doesn’t have a finished look to it. Which means that lines on your lips are visible (pictured above.) It is on the glossy side, and gives a little sheen depending on how many coats you apply. I like to wear it to semi-formal events or short hangouts.

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Color:

The pigmentation is a very dark red, 2 coats would give you a nice deep wine(ish) red.

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Texture:

The texture of this lipstick is VERY smooth – it glides on perfectly. What I found is that my lips didn’t have to be super moisturized before I applied makeup, unlike with matte lipsticks where dry lips is a big no no. BUT because it’s very smooth it doesn’t settle onto the lips, so it’s very smudgy. I’ve tried drinking and eating whilst wearing it and unfortunately this left traces of the lipstick. That’s one of the major turn-offs of this lipstick.

Durability:

The Enrich Satin series unfortunately lacks on this front. I apply about 2-3 coats just to get maximum amount of color and darkness, but because of its texture it kind of just wears off in about 2 hours? Also, while I was wearing it I didn’t know if the color was intact, so I found myself constantly checking to see how it looked.

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Packaging:

The packaging is fairly simple. It comes in a metallic grey color box, and the tube is transparent, it’s cute and to the point.

Price: 

The Lakme Enrich Satin line is pretty affordable with each costing just Rs. 265 . It’s perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot on a quick fix!

Rating:

3/5

 

Travel Tales: Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

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Travel Tales: Arab Street

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Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan)

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My favorite spot in Singapore was definitely Arab Street, because of the rich culture you could feel flowing through the streets. Beautiful silk saris on display down an entire road. The grandeur of the mosque. The beautiful graffiti in unknown nooks and crannies of Arab Street. It was all brilliant and enticing. 

Juice It Up: Mosambi Juice

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A refreshing glass of Mosambi Juice to get a little more energy during the day! I’m going to try drinking more healthy beverages rather than downing soda and processed drinks. Juice It Up will be a little blog series where I share delicious recipes!

This was a simple recipe:

  • Peel the Mosambi
  • Add it into the juicer
  • Add 1-2 spoons of sugar ( Be careful with the sugar because Mosambi is naturally very sugary)
  • Add  1/2 cup water
  • Mix Away 🙂

This was my first crack at “product” photography or rather ‘juice’ photography and it was harder than expected. But what I love about blogging is it’s a gateway to try so many new things and I’m loving it.

Cheers!

xx

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These are My Trendy Tales

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My name is Kavya Sridharan, these are my tales of what I perceive as fashion, beauty, and life. I want to share my experiences and thoughts with you lovely beings out there. I hope you’re listening because Im overjoyed to start this new adventure. It’s a daunting thought to have an online presence especially when there are many talented bloggers out there, so I want to do justice to you all.