Sunday, 22 September 2013

Real Techniques Brushes Core Collection Review

Hey guys! 

I got these brushes from my boyfriend as a present a few weeks ago! I have used them a lot and I feel that I can give them a good review now! 

If you don't know already know, Real Techniques are a makeup brush line designed by professional makeup artist and beauty blogger, Samantha Chapman. Some of you may know her from her hugely successful Youtube channel, Pixiwoo. These brushes have taken the makeup guru world by storm. These brushes have only recently been made available in Ireland. You can get these in Boots stores and on The collection costs around €28.


The brushes come in a panoramic case. The case is very practical as it also acts as a brush holder. You simply pull the toggle at the back and let it stand. This is ideal for travel or to hold the brushes while they dry after being washed. It keeps the brushes in place and there is space for other brushes too.  The case is simply and practical

The Brushes

The Brushes are made of Taklon bristles which are synthetic and 100% cruelty free

The collection contains: (from left to right)

  • Buffing Brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder or mineral foundation
  • Pointed foundation brush: to use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
  • A detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas, or use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and perfection
  • Contour Brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish.
  • Panoramic Case: dual carrier and stand keeps brushes organised on your counter or on the go.

My Thoughts

These brushes are incredibly soft. They feel amazing on my face and deliver perfect results. I I thoroughly enjoy applying my makeup with these brushes everyday. I have washed these bad boys several times and they have remained in shape without shedding. You don't have to worry about picking the brush hairs off your face after using these brushes that's for sure! They are very easy to wash and they dry super fast/ I didn't experience any damage to them after washing. They are without a doubt very strong and durable. 

The Buffing Brush

I love this brush! It's so soft and this would be my second favourite brush from the collection. It's very similar to the Real Techniques Expert Face brush. But the buffing brush is softer. I used this brush for liquid foundation before I purchased the Expert Face brush. But now I use it in several ways. I use it for setting powder over my foundation, for all over bronzer, evening out my foundation for a more flawless look, and also for blush if I want a more pigmented look. Overall this is a fantastic brush. I'm so glad it's part of my collection now.  

The Pointed Foundation Brush

Personally I think this brush is too small to use for foundation for your entire face. I think Real Techniques should rename this brush as The Large Concealer Brush. Nevertheless I still love the brush.I use this for under eye concealer and for applying cream contour.  

The Detailer Brush

This brush is so tiny! I use it for tidying up around my lips with concealer after applying lipstick. This works really well particularly when I wear red lipstick as it gives my lips a sharp, perfected look. I also use this brush when I'm wearing winged eyeliner. It's perfect for sharpening up my eyeliner flick. Lastly I use this brush for applying concealer on small imperfections and blemishes. 

The Contour Brush

I'm saving the best till last! This is my favourite brush from the collection. It has a round tip that allows you to create precise contour effortlessly. It's very small but is very precise in it's application. I use this for contouring under my cheek bones. I mentioned this brush in my July Favourites post. I use this brush everyday with my Sleek Contour Kit. They work together perfectly! I sometimes use this brush for highlighting parts of my face, eg. cheekbones and nose. I can't emphasise how much I love this brush! It's definitely a must have.

Overall, this collection is fantastic for starting up your collection. The kit is reasonably priced and has great quality products. I highly recommend!!


  • Great quality brushes
  • No shedding
  • Easy to wash
  • They dry very quickly
  • Durable and Strong
  • Great for travel
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Great for starting your brush collection
  • They look professional
  • 100% cruelty free
  • Very soft
  • Deliver flawless results


  • My only con is that you can't buy these brushes separately. They only come is this set.

My Rating: 5/5

Good job Real Techniques!

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

ELF Haul!!

Hello everyone! 

I absolutely love Elf cosmetics and I took advantage of their last 50% off sale! For those of you who haven't heard of Elf, they are an online company who sell great products at very low prices! Perfect for a student like myself! I order from this website. Shipping is around €4/5 to Ireland.

So here is what I ordered...


(From left to right)

Studio Translucent Matifying Powder: I use this powder for touch ups on the go. I have oily skin so I always need to have a powder handy. I bring this with me in my bag on nights out too. It's slim and compact, has a large mirror and is perfect for travel.

Mineral Infused Face Primer in Clear: I use this product everyday too. It feels so soft and silky on my skin when I apply it and it makes my makeup lasts longer.

Studio High Definition Powder in Sheer: This powder comes in a huge container and it lasts me a pretty long time. I use this everyday. It's great for controlling shine on my face.

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer: I love this! This is the best eye primer ever. I use it all the time! you definitely don't need to splash the cash on a primer when you have this. Everyone should have this product!!

Mineral Infused Mascara x2: As you can see I was stocking up on mascara until my next Elf purchase. This mascara has a comb-like wand which is my favorite. It has a great texture and I use it everyday.

Studio Small Brush Holder: I have one of these holders already but  I needed another one for my new brushes. They look so neat and professional on my dressing table.

Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets: I always have these in my handbag. They are basic but practical.

Studio Small Stipple Brush: I have wanted this brush for so so long! I have read so many great reviews about this brush from other bloggers. I have the normal stipple brush and I was so excited to try this one out. It was so hard to get my hands on this brush because it was always sold out on the website. That has to be a good sign, right?

Studio Flawless Concealer Brush: This brush was also constantly sold out like the stipple brush so I was very eager to try this brush.

Mineral Lash and Brow Comb: I had this brush down on my shopping list for a while now. I finally got it! It's a basic brush that I needed!

Mineral Concealer Brush: I have the studio concealer brush from Elf so I decided to try the Mineral concealer brush, just for fun!

Mineral Flat Eyeliner Brush: I had read review about this brush and I heard it was perfect for smudging eyeliner to the lash line. I'm looking forward to trying this out!  

I have purchased all of these products (except these brushes) in the past and I needed to buy some backups. I use these products on a regular basis. They are all basic everyday products and I absolutely love them! There products are all under £6 each and with 50% off, it's a bargain!  I would definitely recommend all of these products.

Till next time,

Shawna xoxo

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatch

Hey Everyone!

We've all heard of the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 palettes, right? (If not, where have you been???) These products sold like hot cakes when they were released and both became a "must-have" eyeshadow palette. One complaint some people had with the Naked palettes was that they were very heavy on the shimmer. There was an exception of one or two matte shades, but besides that, all the other shades had some shimmer or glitter in them. 

After the huge success of the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes, Urban Decay (UD) released the Naked Basics Palette. I got my palette for €26 from the Urban Decay counter at Debenhams
Let's get on to the review shall we?

Ready? Okay! 


The Packaging is sturdy and slightly rubberised. The case is a great size for travel and it's easy to wipe down. There is a large mirror for on the go touch ups. Good things always come in small packages! 

This product does what it says in the tin. It's a Basic eyeshadow palette with Basic colours. I was surprised to find 6 full sized eyeshadows of 1.3g in this small palette. The eyeshadows are soft and creamy and are amazing quality.  5 out of these 6 shades are matte which would appeal to many people.  You certainly don't need an eye primer for these shadows. I think that they are slightly more difficult to blend compared to the Naked 1 and 2 palettes.that is what's expected from matte eyeshadows. 

The shades are as follows (from left to right): Venus, Foxy, Walk of shame, Naked 2, Faint and Crave.

Venus is a white shimmery shade. This is the only satin shade in the palette. I use this as a brow bone highlight and in the inner corner of my eyes for some extra brightness. The colour payoff is amazing with this shade and the texture is very smooth. 

Foxy is a pale yellow shade with a matte finish. To be honest, it has an average colour payoff but is soft to work with.  

Walk of Shame is a pale pink matte shade. The colour is very subtle against my pale Irish skin tone. 

Naked 2 is a soft taupe brown colour with a matte finish. It has nice pigmentation and is easy to work with. 

Faint is a medium dark brown with a matte finish. The pigmentation is amazing with this shade.

Crave is a dark matte black with intense pigmentation

Naked Basics vs Naked 1 and 2 palettes

In my opinion, the shades in the Naked Basics Palette are very similar of not the exact same as some of the matte shades in the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. 

Venus is quite similar to Bootycall from the Naked 2 palette
Foxy is the exact same Foxy in the Naked 2 palette
Walk of shame has no similar shade in either Naked palette
Naked 2 is slightly darker than Naked from the Naked 1 palette
Faint is a little darker than Buck from the Naked 1 palette
 Crave is extremely similar to Blackout from the Naked 2 palette

Here are the swatches of all of these shades:

From left to right:

Venus (UD Basics), Bootycall (UD 2), Foxy (UD Basics),  Foxy (UD 2) and Wall of shame. 

From left to right:
Naked 2 (UD Basics), Naked (UD 1), Faint (UD Basics), Buck (UD 1), Crave (UD Basics),
 Blackout (UD 2)

Here is the size comparison to the full size Naked 2 palette. As you can see it's considerably smaller and handy for travel. 

My Honest Opinion

If I'm being totally honest, I would only use 4 shades in this palette. I don't use Foxy or Walk of shame at all. As I'm sure you noticed from the pictures, they simply don't show very well on my pale skin! Perhaps the light shades would be more visible on darker skin tones. Personally I don't think this palette was worth the money for the use I get from it. I was disappointed with the pale shades. I think this palette would be much better with two other shades to replace Foxy and Bootycall. I already had the Naked 1 and 2 palettes so it wasn't really necessary for me to get this palette. I had most of the shades in my Naked 1 and 2 palettes already. But hey that's only my experience and opinion. It could be different for other people with more tanned skin. 

You might like this if:

  • You're a fan of neutrals
  • You want matte eyeshadows
  • you want something to bring with you on the go
  • you want excellent quality eyeshadows
  • you want shades with good colour pay off
  • you want long lasting power
  • you don't need to use a primer
  • you want a product that is easy to work with
  • you want an eyeshadow with a soft texture
  • you literally want a basic eyeshadow palette

You might not like this if:

  • you're on a budget
  • you have pale skin
  • you want shimmer and glitter shades
  • you want a palette that's very versatile 
  • you already have the Naked 1 and/or Naked 2 palettes

My Rating: 3/5

I hope this review was useful to you. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 
Till next time,


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Soap and Glory Lid Stuff in 'What's Nude' Eyeshadow Palette Review

So here comes another review for you!
 I got my Soap and Glory Lid Stuff Palette from Boots. I believe that not all Boots stores in Ireland stock the full Soap and Glory range but I got mine from a larger Boots store for €14.50 Alternatively you can get this from the Boots website.

Soap and Glory are known in the UK for their amazing skin care products, cute packaging and memorable product names. They have expanded their business into the cosmetics world. 

I have tried a few Soap and Glory skincare products, but not any of their cosmetic products, until now! This has earned its place in my daily makeup bag.

Soap and Glory describe this product as:

"4 shades of fabulous flawless – finish, super colour 8 hour wear eyeshadow (that won’t flake, won’t fade and won't crease). Amazing, intense second- skin-like colour finish in matt or metallic shades plus a superior creamy finish. "

Product Details

This neutral eyeshadow palette has 4 neutral shades: (L to R) Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney and Aubersheen. There are 3 matte shades with Aubersheen being the only shimmer colour. These shades are not chalky and have a satiny- creamy feeling so there is no fear of fallout with this product. These shadows are quite pigmented but not equally as pigmented as MAC or Urban Decay Shadows, but I still think they have pretty decent pigmentation. Soap and Glory claim that they are an "8 hour eyeshadow". I don't think they could last for 8 hours alone, but teamed with an eye primer, they can last all day for me! 

The packaging is very sturdy and compact to take with you in your handbag. It has a clear lid so you can see the colours clearly. The packaging looks more sleek and professional - nice one Soap and Glory!


The swatches are as follows: Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney and Aubersheen.
The Pink T colour would show up more on pale skin but it still works well as a blending transition colour on more tanned skin.

Review Summary


  • Great Neutral palette
  • Affordable
  • Decent shadow quality
  • Decent staying power
  • 3 matte shades
  • Travel Friendly
  • Good for everyday use
  • Can also be used for a night look
  • Sturdy packaging


  • They don't last for 8 hours like Soap and Glory claim. 
  • The shade Pink T might not show up very well on darker skin tones

My Rating: 4.5/5

Have you tried this product before? 
Let me know what you thought of this review in the comments below!


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