Thursday, May 26, 2011

Real Techniques Makeup Brush Review!

Hello my cutie pie's!

I did a post about a month ago explaining how important makeup brushes are to create a flawless makeup look. I want to introduce you to an affordable option to add to your collection or if you just want to try something new-Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman.

First let me explain who Samantha Chapman is. YouTube has created a crop of "Makeup Gurus" (YouTube's name not ours). YouTube Makeup Gurus are basically anyone with a camcorder who wants to upload videos talking about or showing how to do makeup or even just review products. There are some veeerrrryyyy popular Gurus who have become YouTube sensations because of their knowledge and their videos. Kandee Johnson and Lisa Eldridge, both professional makeup artist, are two of the most popular gurus, and Panacea 81 who has over 1 million subscribers! and she is not even a makeup artist! Just a regular gal who wants to talk about makeup and show her techniques to the world!

Samantha Chapman is one of these YouTube makeup guru sensations. Most YouTubers would recognize her by her YouTube handle which is Pixiwoo.

Mine is LittleGoddess33-hit me up!

Samantha is a professional makeup artist and a mother of 2 from the UK. She has teamed up with a company called Real Techniques and created her own line of makeup brushes.

I like these brushes. All these brushes have Taklon bristles, so if you are worried about being cruelty free-these are synthetic so absolutely no animal hair. Also, they can be used with a wide range of products-creams, liquids or powders! Very versatile!

Core Collection with box!

 -They are very plush and soft.

-They are color coded so you know what brushes are designed for what function.

Copper=Base (foundation/concealer)
Pink=Finish (blush/powders)

-The back of the box they come in also explains what function the brush was designed for.

Eye Starter Set in their case!
There are 3 starter sets that contain either 4-5 brushes, that come in their own case that can then be turned into a stand. I am not a fan of the case/stand. She has a crazy Kabuki brush that opens up! Have you ever seen a brush open up? She also has an angled foundation brush that I want to try.

I will say that some of the brushes I feel are too big or too small for what they were created to do. So I use them for what I feel they work best for (pointed foundation brush is too small so I use it for a concealer brush).

Also, definitely worth mentioning is the price! The starter set will run you about $16.00 and the individual brushes around $8.00. Definitely affordable!

I hope this helps if you were thinking of purchasing these or looking for an affordable way to jump in and expand your collection! I will post a video next week using some of these brushes! 

Have a safe, happy holiday weekend! 

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Little Goddess Cosmetics

Real Techniques

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

10 Ways to Transform Your Skin Now! Repost from Paula Begoun

Hello Goddess'!
This is a re post of a Paula Begoun weekly newsletter that I receive and I thought I would share it with you because it has some good tips if you are looking to transform your skin or just spruce it up a bit!
Hope you enjoy it!

Trying to figure out the best way to take care of your skin is confusing: Do you need a firming cream, antiwrinkle serum, sun protection, nighttime lotion, and daytime moisturizer? Do you need separate products for the neck, chest, and eye areas?

If you rely on advertising claims or on the explanations you get from cosmetics salespeople about how to take care of your skin, you will almost assuredly end up missing some of the vital steps for achieving radiant, age-defying skin (and will likely be even more confused).

Instead, follow this checklist for 10 ways to transform your skin now and start seeing instant results!

1. Exfoliate with BHA or AHAs (not with a scrub!)

Without question, everyone can benefit from a well-formulated exfoliant, whether it is an AHA product (alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic and lactic acids) or a BHA product (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid). Healthy skin naturally sheds millions of dead skin cells every day, but sun damage, dry or oily skin, genetics, and other skin disorders can block this process, resulting in clogged pores, blemishes, white bumps, dull or flaky skin, and uneven skin tone.

AHAs and BHA gently get rid of the built-up dead skin cells, unclog pores, reduce breakouts, rebuild collagen, smooth out wrinkles, and allow dry skin to heal!

Why shouldn't you use a scrub? Scrubs deal only with the very top, superficial layer of the skin, so most of the built-up dead skin cells are beyond their reach. Even worse, many scrubs contain particles with a rough, coarse, or uneven texture that can damage the skin as it abrades away the surface, causing tiny tears that damage the skin's barrier, which is not good for any skin type!

2. Eat Right

The amount of research showing that a diet rich in antioxidants can help skin is astounding! Dark berries, fresh salmon, avocados, butternut squash, and green tea are just a few of the anti-aging superfoods you should add to your grocery list.

Which foods should you avoid? Sweets and salty foods. Too much sugar (even honey) can lead to collagen deterioration, loss of elasticity, and increased likelihood of wrinkling. A diet overloaded with salt also will take a toll on your skin, resulting in bloating and puffy, tired-looking skin.

3. Wear Sunscreen Every Day

We know,… you've heard it before, and it's really boring,… but we know you're not doing it! Only 10% of people wear sunscreen on a regular basis and most still get a tan. Many also continue to use tanning beds, which might as well be called wrinkle-beds.

Sun protection is by far the most important tool in preventing skin damage and helping in the anti-aging fight. Nothing else in your skin-care routine matters if you leave out this critical step. Using an antiwrinkle cream and not using sunscreen is like eating broccoli in hopes of reducing the effects of smoking cigarettes.

You must wear sunscreen 365 days a year! Even on cloudy days, and even if you're inside. The sun's damaging rays do penetrate the clouds and they do come right through the window. Just because you're inside doesn't mean your skin is protected.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and your skin will thank you in the years to come. It is the only way to look younger than your friends!

4. Remove All of Your Makeup (It's more important than you think!)

Left on overnight, any amount of makeup can clog pores, prompt skin-damaging irritation, and cause puffy eyes! Start with a gentle, fragrance-free, water-soluble cleanser, and then remove the last traces of eye makeup with a colorant-free, fragrance-free, irritant-free makeup remover.

5. Don't Rely on Only One Product

There is no single magic bullet ingredient or product for your skin; it takes more than one product to provide the full range of results. Some products do perform multiple tasks, but—let me repeat—your skin needs more than just one product. Here is what your skin needs:

• Gentle cleanser

• Toner loaded with antioxidants and skin-healing ingredients

• Sunscreen loaded with antioxidants for daytime

• Moisturizer—in serum, gel, lotion, or cream form—loaded with antioxidants for night

• AHA or BHA exfoliant

• Treatment products for skin discolorations, blemishes, oily skin, or blackheads

6. Don't Pull at Your Skin

Repeatedly rubbing, tugging, and pulling at your skin stretches the skin's elastin fibers, causing sagging and drooping! Whether it's from pulling on your skin to remove waterproof mascara, getting a facial, or rubbing your eyes, you're helping gravity take a toll on your face. Stopping this now will benefit your skin down the road.

7. Consider a Foundation with Anti-Aging Ingredients

There are some wonderful new foundations on the market with state-of-the-art ingredients (e.g., sunscreen, antioxidants, and cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients) that really can improve your skin. If you already wear foundation, this is an easy way to get extra benefit without adding another step to your routine. If your foundation contains an effective sunscreen, that's even better!

8. Antioxidants, Antioxidants, and More Antioxidants!

Topically applied antioxidants are essential for skin, just like they are for your diet. Given that your skin is your body's largest organ, it needs many of the same healthy substances the rest of your body needs. Antioxidants prevent some of the free-radical damage that causes skin-destroying inflammation over time. They also help skin heal and produce healthy collagen. What's not to love about that?

Among the dozens and dozens of brilliant antioxidants for skin, there is no single one that is best for skin. Don't believe the ads suggesting otherwise. In fact, skin needs a blend of potent, stable antioxidants to really start acting and looking younger, and the more the better.

9. Save Up for a Dermatological Treatment

People often decide that dermatological treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, intense pulse light procedures, FRAXEL, or chemical peels, are beyond their budget or that a skin-care product can achieve relatively similar results.

Fact: There is nothing in the world of skin-care products that comes close to giving you the results you can get from medical cosmetic corrective procedures.

Fact: Following our advice—products we recommend and products we warn you about—may allow you to save enough money over time to afford the procedures mentioned above.

That doesn't mean that skin-care isn't important. Without question, your skin will benefit from using well-formulated products on a consistent basis, but your skin still ages. Just remember, skin-care products have limitations, no matter what the ads tell you.

10. Give Up Bad Habits

Don't underestimate the role your lifestyle plays when it comes to the condition of your skin. You could do everything else right, but if you're smoking, tanning, or irritating your skin with bad ingredients, your skin will pay! It's easy to think that you aren't hurting your skin if the negative impact doesn't show up immediately, but the cumulative damage adds up—and it isn't pretty!