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REVIEW ~ Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Image: Left – before it’s damp || Right – after it’s damp

Beauty blender and sponges have been in the market from a while but I never really cared about them. I thought they are just another way for the cosmetic companies to draw us in. I gave in around October because my curiosity wouldn’t let me be. I decided on Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and damn did I choose well.

Packaging

It’s made out of foam and has a flat surface on the top for the whole face and a pointed tip at the end for corner of eyes and nose.

So far it’s only available in orange color.

How to Prepare the Sponge

The best way to use it is by damping it. Just take it under the tap of running water. Let it soak the water and then squeeze it out a couple of time. You will notice the sponge gets bigger in size. Yes, that’s what it is supposed to do, don’t worry. Squeeze out all the excess water before using it.

It’s not necessary to be very gentle with squeezing the water out but I would suggest be gentle enough that you don’t end up tearing it apart or getting a mini heart attack thinking that you did.

You can use the sponge dry too but I have noticed that doesn’t give the best finish.

Application

The application is similar to the brush. Once it’s wet (or dry), you can take your foundation as you normally do with a brush; put it on your hand first to warm it, or dot it over the face or take it on the flat surface of the sponge. It doesn’t matter which method you go for. Then start to dab, stipple or rub in the foundation like you would do with a brush. Use the flat surface for flat areas and the tip to reach the corners.

I don’t prefer using the sponge dry but if you do, the method is the same though I would really suggest you not to take the foundation on the sponge and then apply it on the face.

Finish

Damp: It gives a well blended and flawless finish. I have used it with both liquid and cream foundation and also with a foundation that doesn’t give you more than two minutes before it sets in.

Dry: It gives a good finish but you might find some streaks if you don’t use the sponge right as paint brush motions. That’s why I prefer the damp method. It’s absolutely fuss free and you don’t even need to be careful with how you go about in on the face, lol. It does the job for you. #LazyGalAlert

After You’re Done Using It

This sponge takes time to dry after you’re done with your foundation. Keep it out to dry completely before storing it back.

Bonus

It can be used with pretty much any product making it a multi-tasker. It’s perfect with cream contouring, blush, highlighter, anything really. I have read a post where the blogger does her complete makeup with it and the final result was full blended and perfectly done face. I think it was a sponge challenge or something. I can’t seem to find the post now or I would have linked it up. Anyway, you can YouTube it and you will find a gazillion videos on it.

Shelf Life

It has a very short shelf life. It’s suggested to change it after every three to four months. I am pretty sure none of us will be listening to this suggestion.

Cons

I have noticed that it retains some of the water after you damp it and no matter how much you squeeze it, it doesn’t come out. I think it drinks up a little of the foundation too. Not too much but enough to stain its surface. I believe this will make us change our sponge after a while lol.

What I Don’t Know About

I really need to learn how to clean this sponge because as you can notice so far I am not able to take out the foundation stains and yes that’s driving me insane. Honestly, I didn’t get much to look around the internet on how to do it. If you have any easy methods please help a sister in need and leave them in the comments below.

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I am absolutely in love with the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Before using the sponge I thought its okay if the foundation goes a little streaky on the face but after using it I know that’s not supposed to happen. I am highly recommending it to everyone. Give it a go and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

PS. Thanks a ton to Makeup Medley Muscat for getting me the sponge. ❤

Until next time people,

Byeee xx

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A Bit of Shopping

BEAUTY HAUL ~ Real Techniques Brushes

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I am having a hard time believing we are in December right now. Where has this year gone really? 😐

I did a haul in October and because November was just one massive blur I am going to share whatever I got in today’s post. I was talking about building basic brushes collection in the start of the year and I had my eyes on MAC mostly but after trying a few of their brushes I was not impressed and decided to look elsewhere. I am still in that stage where I am figuring out if I like makeup for real or will I be abandoning it after a while so I don’t want to get really spendy yet. Real Techniques sounded like a great option for brushes and after reading such rave reviews I thought to give it a go.

The first thing I ordered was their Core Collection. It’s a set of 4 face brushes of different kind. You get a pointed foundation brush, foundation buffing brush, contouring brush and definer brush. I have given them all a go except for the foundation brush and find them nice to use. They have been through a wash too and damn do I have things to say about them. You will just have to wait for a full fledge review, sorry peepz! So far my favorite is the buffing brush. I have read some saying it’s similar to Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki but I don’t own that one yet so I can’t compare. I do have my eyes on it so prolly a comparison will happen someday very soon. 😉

Next I bought two separate brushes – Blush Brush and Powder Brush. They are good too and do what they are meant too.

I would admit one thing; I was expecting the brushes to be super soft and though they were soft but not as soft as I had them in my mind. Sigma and MAC has set my brushes softness standard pretty high, ha.

Then I got one of their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I would sum this purchase up in Chandler’s baffled voice and expressions ‘OH. MY. GOD.’ I mean that. There are so many beauty blenders/sponges around and I never gave them a serious thought but after using this one I want to try every single one from every brand because I truly am blown away by the awesome result. I will do an in depth review soon, promise.

I also got Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel (Click here for first impression post!). It cleans the brushes super quick. I have tried it a few times and it’s been great.

So this concludes my haul. In case you’re from Muscat and curious where I got all the above mentioned stuff from, it from an Instagram page @MakeupMedleyMuscat. They have RT stuff at the best prices. They also have other brands that are not easily available in Oman.

I will see you guys in my next post!

Byee ❤

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REVIEW ~ Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush

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I bought this brush in January and blogged about it in February saying I will do a review very soon thinking I would be ready to write about it in a few weeks time. Oh, how wrong I was. 😛

3DHD Kabuki is an absolutely amazing foundation brush from Sigma. It has a medium sized round handle. It has a unique shape of two wedges and a ridge that helps it to apply product in unreachable areas of the face like the corner of the nose and around the eyes in one go. It has soft, densely packed bristles that move around the face smoothly. It comes in several colors; Pink, White, Black and Black/Rose Gold. When I bought it, it was available in Pink, White and Black only. I really wanted it in Rose Gold.

This brush is a quick applicator and it works with all types of foundation. I tried it with Maybelline Fit Me foundation that is of loose liquid consistency and it worked well with it. I then tried it with Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Nude Foundation that has creamy consistency and it worked great with it too. I also tried it with my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 which doesn’t give you much time to set it but this brush did an amazing job with it too. It spreads the product quickly on the face and goes around those strange corners in one go so you don’t have to reach for them again and you also don’t have to pull crazy faces to reach around the corner of your nose.

I use my 3DHD Kabuki to apply foundation in a to and fro motion like a paint brush. I apply foundation on my face and then use the brush. I tried pumping the foundation on the brush and then applying it on the face but it didn’t work out that well for me.  This brush does take a little time to getting used to but once you get a hang of it, it’s great. I am now able to easily buff my foundation in, stipple the product on or like i say ‘painting the face’ lol.

I give this brush a deep cleanse every week if I have used it 4-5 times. If I have used it 2-3 times hardly I will do the cleansing after every two week. You get to know when your brush needs cleansing. It starts feeling a little stiff or rough. It’s important that you clean it on a regular or else the product will start settling in the bristles and it will become very hard to get it out. I delayed cleansing it the last time while I was using it quite often and the end result was it took me several washes to take the product out and it left a bit of stain from the foundation. I am hoping to get rid of it in the next wash. There is no fuss relating drying, getting back in shape or bristle fall out. It’s been very good to my skin without damaging it or being harsh in any way. Its bristles are fabulous.

I am very satisfied with Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush. I believe it is one of the best investments I did. If you own it or are planning to buy it then just remember to take good care of it and I am pretty sure it will last you a very long time. 🙂

Purchase Link: 3DHD Kabuki Brush

Outlet in Muscat: Muscat Grand Mall, Ground Floor, Small stall opposite The Body Shop

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A Peek Into My Weekend~

I am not really an outdoorsy or party kind of a person. I like to stay home more. Going to the mall is perhaps the most action I get on my weekends. Though I always prefer staying in bed and read a book, watch a movie or write instead.

One of my other favorite activities to do on a weekend is give my makeup brushes a thorough cleaning. I like to give my brushes a proper wash after a week (if I am applying makeup daily) or at least after every two weeks. It really depends on how much they’ve been used. Sometimes I don’t give them a wash for a month if I haven’t used them at all.

Weekend

I am very fuss free when it comes to cleaning. I like to go for the easiest method possible which does the job as well. I use Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Cleanser for this purpose. I usually just take a brush, put it under the tap of warm/hot water facing downwards so that water doesn’t get into its core or change its shape. Then I just take a bit of cleanser in my palm and swirl the brush on it and then wash it facing downwards. I do this whole thing one more time or sometimes two more times if the product doesn’t come out in one go. I repeat this for all the brushes.

Now that the brushes are clean I wipe and swirl them gently on a towel and keep them to dry on the table in a cup. While I am doing other errands I pass by them and caress them every now on then so when they dry they are back to their original shape.

It’s weird but cleaning my brushes is perhaps my favorite chore so far because what’s better than super tidy brushes that provide you super flawless finish the coming week. 😉

How often do you give your brushes a wash and what method do you use? Leme know in the comments below! 🙂

Hope you guys have better weekend plans than me, ha! Leme know about them 😀

Love,

~F x

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A Little Update from My Makeup Brush Collection~

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 I am currently trying to build a basic brush collection (Read – every single brush I can get my hands on 😛 ) for myself and investing in brands that are going to last me a very long time and do the job real well. So far I have bought MAC 168 Contouring Brush and MAC 217 Blending Brush.

As you guys must have guessed from the title, I bought another makeup brush. This time I went for Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush. I am a fan of applying foundation with my fingers but when it comes to a well blended and flawless finish, you need to invest in a good face brush. So far this brush has been amazing. Its soft, sturdy and has such a unique shape that makes it easy to reach places you’d have to reach with your fingers only – like corners of the nose. The application has been real good though I need a lot of practice with it as I have no experience with face brushes.

I plan to do a in depth review of MAC brush and this one together soon, so stay tuned for that. Also, I would appreciate if you guys can suggest me which brush I should buy next. I am looking for a blush brush and I was thinking of Bobbi Brown or MAC. I want to go for Bobbi Brown because of course I want to own a brush from there too, ha.

Lots of Love, 🙂

~ F

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A Bit of Shopping, Beauty

A BIT OF SHOPPING #4 ~ First Ever Shopping From MAC + Building A Basic Brushes Collection

I give up. I have been trying so hard to sleep early every day so that I get 7+ hours sleep and I am not sleepy at work. It hasn’t been working very well this past two weeks. I don’t know the reason why but let’s make the most of this opportunity and start late night blogging again, ha.

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So this happened. 😀

I made a trip to MAC couple of days back and did my first ever purchase from there. I splurged on two brushes. I am trying to build my basic brushes collection and I don’t want to get all the brushes from one place. These two were just so hard to resist.

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MAC 168 – (R.O. 18.500) I love contouring and what a great difference it brings to a no shape face (read me). Now I am no professional but my first few tries from a normal beauty kit brush went pretty great. That’s when I thought it is time to invest in a proper contouring brush. MAC 168 caught my eyes last year when I was looking for a nice blusher brush and read some reviews how it could be used for contouring and blusher as well. It won’t hurt to get a multi-task brush now would it? I went to the store to see it and fell in love with how pretty it was. So far I haven’t tried it for contouring but it is not that great with blush. That’s just an initial observation but I would do a proper review soon in a few weeks. 🙂

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MAC 217 – (R.O. 11.500) This was kind of a well thought purchase. I read Anna’s post about this brush saying how it’s the best eye shadow brush for cack-handed people for making their eye shadow look flawless (Click Here To Read It!!). I really like eye shadows but because of my droopy lids I never gave it a go. After reading this post I thought to take the plunge. I got it, I’ve been using it and I AM LOVING IT!!! This is such an easy all-over-your-lid-in-one-swipe brush and does give a flawless finish no matter how hurriedly you do the process. I have been using it every morning and it doesn’t even take me a minute to get done with my lids. A must buy if I can say already. Full review would be up soon.

I would love to know which your favorite brushes are as I still have a long way to go to complete my basic brushes collection. Let me know in the comments below and be an enabler, ha.

Hugs and Kisses,

~ F

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