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?

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June 2014 Favourites

June 2014 Favouriters


It’s favourites time again! Favourites posts are a struggle for me because I like and use so many products, I find it hard to narrow it down to just a few. This month’s favourites stood out, because they were products that I loved and kept going back to throughout the month. So let’s get to it.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray – I originally ordered a travel size of this spray at the beginning of the month, and quickly used it all up and went back for a full size version. I use this both as a primer and to set my makeup, and does an amazing job. I’ve used some of the other UD setting sprays, but have never been overly impressed. For whatever reason, I find this does a much better job than the others, of setting my makeup and keeping it looking awesome, even when it’s super hot outside.

nspa Radiant Flash Serum – I recently discovered the nspa brand, and their Radiant Flash Serum has quickly become a favourite. It adds such a natural looking glow to the skin, and dries quickly to a lovely satin finish. It’s one of those products that is hard to describe; but since I’ve started using it under my makeup, I’ve had so many people remark on how lovely and bright my skin looks. On days when I don’t wear makeup, I put this on because even though there isn’t any colour, it brightens up my skin and makes me look awake.

Bold Lips (Revlon Colourburst Moisture Stain & Bourjois Rouge Edtions Velvet) – This month, I set out to actually use some of the many lip products I own with my #30daysoflippies on instagram (@megsmakeupbag). It’s been so much fun, and I’ve discovered that I love a bright lip. I’ve always been more of a neutral lip girl, but I quickly discovered that I didn’t have 30 days of neutral lip products and needed to start using the bright ones, and I actually really like it. These two; the Revlon Colourburst Moisture Stain and the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet are definitely my favourite bright lip products. I like the Colourburst Moisture Stain, because it starts off glossy and fades into a lovely stain. It’s super low maintenance and you don’t end up with patchy colour left on your lips. The Rouge Edition Velvets are my first foray into matte liquid lipstick; if you think you don’t like matte liquid lipstick, try these. They wear great, and don’t leave your lips feeling dry.

Rimmel BB Cream Matte – I love this BB Cream. I never thought I would be loving a matte bb cream. Ever. I have normal dehydrated skin, so a matte finish is usually not something I need/go for. I happened to see this on sale and picked it up on whim. First of all, the finish is just insane. On my skin it dries to a velvet finish, but doesn’t make my skin look dry or blah. It’s got great coverage for a BB cream, and blends so nicely into the skin. It covers all the redness on my face, while still looking natural. Definitely try this one!

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties – I am obsessed with these hair ties. I have thick hair, like really thick hair, so I’ve always used the thick heavy duty elastics because nothing else would hold it. I was out with a friend and wanted but didn’t have an elastic, and she gave me one of these. I was beyond skeptical that this adorable little hair tie could hold up all my hair. I was wrong, 100% wrong. These dainty little hair ties can hold up all my hair without even breaking a sweat. I’m obsessed. I have stopped using any other hair ties, and have stocked up on these. So if you see these and think “I have too much hair for those”, try them anyway, because if they can hold my lions mane worth of hair, they’ll probably hold yours too.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – First off, I do not use this as a blush brush, so ignore the name of the brush. I use this as my bronzer brush and it does a fantastic job. It fluffy enough to nicely distribute the bronzer around my face, but no so huge that I end up with bronzer all over my face. When I want to do a light contour, I will put bronzer on just the tip of the brush, and then push down and use more of the brush to blend it out. For any Canadian readers looking for RT brushes (especially in Ontario where none of the drugstore chains carry the individual brushes..end rant), I’ve noticed that Winners and Marshall have been getting tons of the brushes in recently, so if you’re on the hunt I suggest checking them out.

elf High Definition Undereye Setting Powder – Now that elf has finally made it’s way to Target in Canada, I’ve finally been able to try some of their products. This underye setting powder has been the standout product so far; it’s a very fine powder with what looks like sparkles in it. But don’t let that scare you, the sparkle doesn’t show up on the skin. It sets my concealer, but also brightens my undereye area and makes me look so much more awake.

Hope you enjoyed my June favourites post! What have been some of the products you’ve been loving this month?

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