Using A Beauty Blending Sponge for the first time…

I am a creature of habit most of the time. However, every now and then I bravely venture out into the unknown!!!

I decided it was about time to try applying my foundation with a beauty blender/beauty blending sponge rather than a traditional foundation brush! *nods with conviction* 

In my May Birchbox I received this pretty little pink Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge along with a few other mini products. I had always applied my foundation with either a Real Techniques Stippling Brush (back in the day) or a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Both of these brushes give amazing coverage, but I had heard and seen so many people raving about using a blending sponge that I just had to try it! That was one of the things that actually made me decide to sign up to Birchbox in the first place, after a long time of being curious about beauty subscription boxes.

The sponge itself was available in pink and lilac – typical unicorny colours! Also if you click the Spectrum Collections link here look at their little website icon in the address bar, yes it’s a unicorn lol. 

The sponge is firm – firmer than I imagined it to be because when you think of a sponge it’s usually springy and bouncy! The sponge is teardrop shaped so you can use the fat bottom part to cover more face ground quicker and the pointed end is perfect for touching up concealer under your eyes.

I have been practising with this for a few days before writing this post as I wanted to make sure I myself knew how I wanted to use it before telling you all about it in case I had any Roshni Reviews exclusive tips! Haha 🙂

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I’ve found that using this to apply my foundation in this warm summer has been really enjoyable – mostly because before use you are meant to run this under the tap, so the fact it’s been under a cold tap has been quite a refreshing way to do my make up! You run the sponge under the tap to help it expand and once it’s done that, squeeze as much of the water out as possible. I usually then use a towel to dab any water from the outside of it so it’s not too wet when you apply your foundation.

Using a make up sponge like this will also soak up any excess foundation, so I have found that if you put on your normal amount of foundation you might actually need a bit more than this to account for the foundation that gets soaked up. For an extra flawless finish you can always add an extra layer of foundation for more coverage.

What you are left with after bouncing this around your face is really natural, flawless foundation and I think I’m falling in love with it! The foundation I use is the Estée Lauder Doublewear in the shade Ivory Beige and I dot this round my face with a cotton bud, then use the blending sponge to dab/press it into my skin.

Lastly you would need to air dry this sponge, so I leave mine standing on this cute little ceramic tray that says ‘Absolutely Fabulous’!

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I hope you found this review useful – I’m so glad I’ve changed up the way I apply my foundation, it actually looks alot more natural!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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What’s In My Make Up Travel Bag?

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weekends and it’s made me realise that recently I have probably done the best in terms of trying to condense down my make up bag :). I thought I’d share with you the products that I’ve chosen that have pride of place in my make up bag when I am off on my travels on a weekend away or hen do like the weekend just gone!

I try to travel as light as possible and usually try to take multi tasking products – some of which you will recognise as I more than likely will have already spoken about them before.

My make up bag of choice is the Zoeva Rose Gold clutch that my make up brush collection came in.

Not only is it beautiful, but it’s the perfect size for storing a few choice make up tools and the essential things that ensure you can get your face from zombie to flo’less without having to carry shed loads.

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When it comes to skin I have a few products that might be small but make a big difference to my make up.

The Esteé Lauder foundation I use is the Double Wear, which comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle – NOT appropriate for travelling. Especially with the turbulence it would experience being banged about and hurled up stairs in Tube stations (poor little bottle). So I decanted some of this into a little empty sample pot I got from the Body Shop. For concealer, I use the Maybelline Anti Age Eraser Eye which is bloody brilliant at hiding those bags from late nights, in combination with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer for a bit more coverage.

The Revlon Photoready powder is PERFECT for setting your concealer without it flashing back too much in photography which is one of the reasons I bought this in the first place (it also has a little mirror in it which is useful).

Finally for skin I use the Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Palette as it has a bronzer, highlighter AND blush in it! Genius!

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For eyes/eyebrows I use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery (all my packaging has rubbed off now lol) set with a Rimmel clear brow gel. The mascara of choice is a teeny tiny one, a little Benefit Roller Lash sample which is actually really good!

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For tools, again I try to keep it down to a few key essentials – from Real Techniques my two favourite brushes and most USED brushes are the Buffing brush which I use for foundation and the Contour brush that is ideal for concealer under your eyes.

I always make sure I take my Tweezerman tweezers (you never know when you might need them), with a Laura Mercier cheek brush for powder and an FCUK brush which doubles for both bronzer and blusher :).

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What essentials do you have in your travel make up bag?

I’d love to hear your essential products 🙂

I am always opening to swapping things out or finding a larger make up bag…I mean, no I’m not that’s a lie. Who said that?! *looks around*

Love Roshni xxx

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Real Techniques Duo Fibre Make Up Brushes – Review

I’d say about 75% of my make up brush collection is from Real Techniques. You just can’t beat them when it comes to value for money but great performance make up brushes! If people ask me which kinds of brushes they should try if they haven’t had any before, I point them in the direction of the RT face and eye brush sets because these are great starter kits.

When they brought out the Real Techniques Duo Fibre brushes, I didn’t think there would be much of a difference between these and their standard line of brushes. I was wrong though, the duo fibre brushes are beautifully soft and the way that the bristles are different lengths means that the brushes pick up just the right amount of product.

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(the picture above was when I washed all my brushes!! I was so proud lol)

The duo fibre brushes have longer white ended bristles which help with blending and stop you from overloading your brush too much.

The usual Real Techniques brushes are a lot more densely packed (bristles wise) than these ones, so for brighter blushes, darker bronzers etc these are perfect. The duo fibre brushes allow for a bit of heavy handedness because they pick up a smaller amount of product!

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In this set there was a blush brush, a contour brush and an eye brush – these as I said are the areas where you would want a bit more of a delicate touch and they are perfect for blending :).

I love the fact that the ends are white as well because it means you know when they are REALLY DIRTY (which mine currently are…)

Have you tried the Real Techniques Duo fibre brushes?

Leave me a comment for any brush suggestions!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni

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Some Black Friday Week Beauty Steals…

Hello you lovely people,

If you are browsing the internets then you will be 100% guaranteed to have heard two words. ‘Black’ and ‘Friday’ – the biggest shopping day of the year.

For beauty lovers, it’s great that we don’t get left out (unless you are in Beauty Anonymous where you are nursing your addiction). I don’t think I bought any beauty deals last year but I will most likely be having a browse this year – and I have been browsing a few for you!

I have chosen a few of the best deals I have seen which aren’t necessarily just for Black Friday – today I went to TK Maxx and was amazed to find that they stocked Stila – at prices that are around a SEVENTH of the usual retail price. Amaze.

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Here are some of the best deals that I have seen so far:

HOUSE OF FRASER – ORIGINS GIN ZING EYE CREAM – was £20 NOW £16

This eye cream is a steal – I’ve wanted to try this for a very long time, I know it seems like a lot for an eye cream but trust me, this is a good price if you know what you want!

TK MAXX – REAL TECHNIQUES DUO FIBER BRUSH SET – rrp £23.99 NOW £16.00

I’m not entirely sure if this has had a reduction but from comparing this to usual prices on this kind of set, this price stands out as one of the best. I had no idea TK Maxx were so good on beauty brands!

DEBENHAMS – URBAN DECAY 10% OFF – SMOKEY PALETTE, was £38 NOW £34.20 

If you are able to get an Urban Decay palette with a discount off the usual price, I would say that you have done yourself proud :). This palette has great versatile shades in it for creating day time AND night time looks and would work great as a gift for somebody.

OTHER THAN SPECIFIC PRODUCTS, THE WEBSITES I PLAN TO BE STALKING…

So, rather than bombard you with savings where for some you aren’t sure whether the RRP is real, I can tell you the websites where I will be looking for genuine deals…

Boots

Debenhams

Very Exclusive

ASOS

The Body Shop

What are the best deals you’ve seen?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Hello 🙂

I have a product to review for you today that I am raving about, it’s the new addition to my make up bag – the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation. It’s medium coverage and has a not too thick not too thin consistency…anddddd I love it!

I’d been looking for a good foundation match for my skin for a very long time and I think I’ve found it. It comes in a lovely bottle too – all frosted and decadent.

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The little bottle next to it is actually a small sample of the same shade that I got – and you won’t believe this, but it has lasted me around a month. I’ve used it each week day and I use a cotton bud to dot some on my forehead, nose, chin and cheeks and I blend it in using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. (BTW using this brush means my foundation is blended in SUPER quick).

The finish of this foundation is brilliant – it’s pretty matte but it lets a little bit of a glow come through. It blends in super easy – I find it works best with a make up brush and the reason is because when it dries it becomes almost like a powder to touch. I set this around my mouth with powder on a sparse bristled brush and this helps it last all day.

I love this foundation so much and I know it’s gonna last me a heck of a long time! Seeing as I’ve only just finished the itty bitty sample bottle :).

Have you tried this foundation? What would be your holy grail foundation? I’d love to hear your comments

Thank you so much for reading,

Roshni xxx

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Real Techniques Bold Metals – Oval Shadow Brush

Hello!

Happy Saturday to one and all 🙂

Today I have a review for you of one of the brushes from the (not so) new Real Techniques Bold Metals range. I treated myself by using my Boots points to pay for this brush as it’s quite pricey, but trust me it’s well worth it. (I’m writing this as I listen to a Spotify Throwback playlist and Brandi just came on!)

I was in two minds whether to get the contour brush or this one, but to be honest my face is so round that buying a contour brush would be a waste of money! Finding my cheekbones is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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This is the Oval Shadow brush, which is a dense, VERY soft eyeshadow blending brush. I love that it has white bristles as you can clearly see when it’s dirty and needs cleaning. It will practically shame you each day you look at it and NOT clean it.

I am not convinced that the whole handle of the brush is metal. The brush itself is pretty light, so I think the section that holds the bristles is metal and the long handle is actually plastic of some sort. It really is beautiful though, with a shiny chrome handle and a bright white set of bristles.

The handle is designed to help you apply the right amount of product and the diamond shaped handle means that it won’t roll of your dressing table or chosen flat surface. Personally I think that is GENIUS and I have no idea why brands haven’t thought of that before Nic and Sam from Pixiwoo (and Real Techniques).

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The bristles them selves are quite soft, but because they are quite densely packed I wouldn’t recommend going too gung ho under the eye as this is a bit too rough to use on that delicate area of skin.

All in all it’s a great brush for packing on and then blending out eyeshadow, which is what I will be using it for mostly. I have always loved Real Techniques, the idea of a metals range is great for those looking for a beautiful brush with soft bristles that will last for a long time.

What do you think of the Bold Metals range?

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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Best Make Up Brushes For…

Today I’m going to give you a little sneak peek into the make up brushes that I find best to use for certain parts of the beauty routine. These brushes in particular come from only two brands: Real Techniques (which are basically Holy Grail) and Zoeva.

The brushes I have picked work best for the processes I pick out below, but this is more than likely a very personal preference. Many people will use brushes for the purpose written on their shiny little handles but NOT ME, rebel central.

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Here we go…

Best for…EYEBROWS

If you fill your eyebrows in with eyeshadow, one of my top picks for brushes is the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush. This is the perfect width and is ideal for getting a precise arch on your brows. Also, the sturdiness of the brush means that you can hold the brush and flick upwards to create the front of your brow.

Best for…FOUNDATION OR CONCEALER

The Real Techniques Stippling Brush (above centre) is the FIRST ever make up brush that I bought myself. The colour on my handle has faded from the sun light now but the brush still performs the best at applying light foundation and buffing in concealer around the face. Using circular motions to work the product into your skin gives a flawless finish and it’s a great shaped handle which makes it easy to work with.

Best for…BRONZER

I love the Real Techniques Multitask Brush, I have two so I use one for bronzer and the other for blush or powder. When used with a light hand, this is perfect for building up product slowly to make sure that you don’t go overboard. It’s as soft as you like and it washes and dries great, plus after it looks as good as when you first bought it.

Best for…UNDER EYE CONCEALER

I first saw Gabby (www.velvetgh0st.co.uk) the Youtube use this brush in this way on a video and this is the way I have been using it ever since. I think this is a contour brush but the size of it just fits perfectly under the eye. You can easily use the tip of this brush to blend out any concealer to make sure it doesn’t settle into creases, and it brightens up the eye area incredibly when you use a good concealer and this brush to disguise dark circles.

Best for…BLENDING EYESHADOW

The Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer is the ideal shape and size for getting right into the crease to blend eyeshadow. The bristles on mine have gone a tad awry but I’m not sure if that’s because I haven’t been looking after it right :S. It’s soft, not the softest, but my goodness does it blend eyeshadow well.

There’s my round up of the best brushes in the wild wild drugstore!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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I Think I’ve Found the One…

SO, if you guys saw my recent post on the Bare Minerals Bare (Bear) Skin foundation, you’ll know that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my dry/combination skin. My review was in part a bit scathing but I reckon I was pretty honest, you can read that here.

The Bare Minerals foundation left my skin feeling so oily that I have gone the complete other way with the newest product I’ve tried. I have to say, I am really impressed with the small price tag but the brilliant performance of this foundation.

It’s the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, which is only £6.99 so it’s a bargain! Although it is a drugstore foundation it is a great consistency and the finish of it is ideal because it really helps to even out your skin.

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The shade that I bought was number 20 ‘Sand’, which I think is the shade before the darkest one in the range. It is a little light for me (only slightly) but I think if I went for the darkest shade it would have been too much.

I love that this comes in a tube, it makes it travel friendly and really easy to get the right amount of product out. It has a little tube dispenser, working with the consistency of this foundation this packaging really works well. The foundation itself is definitely matte, which is what you want in the hot summer months. I have to say this is the first matte foundation that I’ve found that ISN’T drying. It’s really blendable, but it will stay put all day (it does say 24 hour matte yo).

I find that to make sure it doesn’t dry your skin out (my skin is pretty dry in summer) a stippling brush like the Real Techniques one above is best. This means the bristles can pick up the foundation and lightly work it into your skin. I find that denser brushes just soak up the product and are too harsh for working this foundation in.

Safe to say, you live and you learn when it comes to high end products and drug store steals. I think I’ll be a bit more cautious when it comes to products like foundations that can be MEGA expensive…I’m looking at you NARS Sheer Glow.

Finally, here is a picture of me wearing it out last night, with a touch of concealer and bronzer (before drinks, obvs)

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What’s your favourite foundation? Any of you lovely people tried L’Oreal Infallible?

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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