Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

 

I have a new makeup brush love, and it’s the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush. It’s such a great brush, that I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to how much I love it. Real Techniques is one of my favourite brush brands, they’re great quality, especially for the price. Their Buffing Brush is my holy grail brush for applying foundation, it makes applying foundation effortless!

In Ontario, individual Real Techniques brushes are not easy to find; so I was very excited to find that they were regularly appearing at Winners (TJ Maxx in the US and TK Maxx in Britain) stores around southern Ontario (I tend to frequent Winners beauty section to find hard to get beauty in Canada). On a recent trip, I picked up the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush. It was a spur of the moment purchase, because as much love Real Techniques brushes, I don’t usually like brushes that are retractable or gimicky, but I haven’t met a Real Techniques brush that I didn’t like, so I picked it up (it was $10.99 CDN).

I’m so very glad I picked up this brush, because it has become my holy grail brush for apply bronzer and blush. It’s has soft synthetic fibres, but is firm enough that it holds it shape when apply product. This brush gives me cheekbones without even trying, it just applies the right amount of bronzer, and the angle of the brush makes getting under the cheekbones effortless. The shape and firmness of the bristles also makes it great for apply blush. In one sweep I get a lovely even distribution of blush and don’t have to worry about ending up with splotchy or uneven blush.

My only complaint with this brush is the retractable part, I think this is such a great stand alone brush that it doesn’t need the added feature of being retractable. I just don’t see a need for retractable brushes (however I may very well be in the minority on this). I would much prefer that this brush had a proper handle, and that I didn’t have to deal with the whole retractable bit.

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush Closed

The closed brush with the lid. I must admit, it’s a great design!

Overall, this is a great brush, especially considering how affordable it is. I’ve been paying frequent visits to Winners to try and find a second one, so that I can have one dedicated for blush and one for bronzer (this lessens how often I have to wash brushes…which I hate doing).

If you’re in the market for a new brush, and happen upon the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush, I highly recommend you pick it up and give it a try!

Have you tried the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush?

Thanks for stopping by!

Meg

 

 


Currently Loving from The Face Shop

Currently Loving from The Face Shop

 

A couple weeks ago, I showed you a haul from The Face Shop – a Korean skincare store that has recently begun opening stores across Canada (you can read my haul post here). I thought today I would do a follow up, and show you the products that have been stand outs from my haul.

In addition to these three products, I’ve also been absolutely loving the Bright Eyes Gel Patches, which I are hydrating under eye patches that I mentioned in my May favourites post (read it here).

Jelly Apple Peeling – This product is definitely the most unusual one of the group. It’s an chemical exfoliating gel, which you apply all over your face and let sit for a moment, and then remove by massaging it off. As your massaging it off, chunks of this gel stuff is balling up and coming off. It reminds me of how the peel off face masks act when you take them off. When they showed me this in the store, I thought the only thing coming off was the gel itself, not any dead skin cells, but it was $9 and had a delicious green apple scent, so I picked it up. I’ve been using it a couple times a week, and have definitely noticed that it makes my skin smoother and softer. I’ve noticed the biggest difference in the area around my chin, it’s always rough and problematic, but this makes it smooth and bright. If you’re looking for something completely unique and different, this is definitely something to check out.

Raspberry Root Sleeping Mask – If you’ve read my blog before, you may know how much I love leave on moisture masks, they were my saviour through Polar Vortex 2014. So I was immediately drawn to this ‘sleeping mask’, plus I loved the cute packaging. This is quite a lightweight jelly texture, especially when compared to the other overnight masks I own. Initially, I was actually concerned that it wouldn’t be hydrating enough for me, but it turns out it’s the perfect overnight mask for warmer weather. Since the spring/summer has finally made an appearance in Toronto, I’m finding that my regular rotation of moisture masks are starting to become to heavy, and this mask has filled the void beautifully. Because it is so lightweight, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, but still does an amazing job at moisturizing. It’s become my go-to moisturizer for the evening.

Honey Essence Mist – I picked this hydrating spray up on a subsequent trip (there have been many) and have fallen in love with it. It’s basically a water mist like the Avene or Evian water in a can, but with some hydration. It feels a little oily when first applied to the skin, but sinks in quickly and adds a little bit of extra moisture to the skin. I like to use it if I’ve been outside and my skin is feeling like it needs a little hydration.

So there you have the products I’ve been loving from The Face Shop. I’ve also been playing around with a couple of their masks, which I’ve enjoyed, but these are definitely the standout products.

Have you tried anything from The Face Shop? What are your favourites?

Thanks for stopping by!
Meg