Wednesday, 21 December 2016

MOTD EDIT | CHRISTMAS WORK MEAL WITH FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE BEAUTY BLENDER


Our Christmas "party" happened just last Thursday, it was just a low key meal at a carvery, it was the kind of day where I wasn't sure I would even make it for a few different reasons. I had about ten minutes to try and transform my face into something a little less miserable which brings me to this post. Here are the products I used on my face, a lot of these I am using for the first time so you will hear about my first impressions of everything as well. In the end, it was good fun and I am glad I went. I would love to hear about your Christmas events in the comments as well, please share.

PRODUCTS:


Quite a simple look really, I used the mattes from the Huda Beauty palette on the eyes. I have been reaching for them so often lately, they're just easy to use, soft and blend effortlessly. As for my first impressions the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD foundation is quite good coverage, a tad wet-feeling so I definitely set it well with the RCMA powder. I love this powder but I find that it doesn't set my smile lines very well. With this powder I always notice cakiness and distinct separation where my smile lines are which I have never experienced before. Is it age or is my skin just drier? If any of you know what is up with that please share your knowledge with me in the comments. 


The star of this show is the beauty blender. It was my FIRST TIME using this popular tool and I have to say I wasn't loving it at all. I am not getting the hype on this so far, but will persevere with using it for the rest of the week to see if I can get the hang of it a bit more before reviewing properly. It just takes ages. The dabbing is so repetitive and I find I have to use more foundation to get the coverage I want. Need to spend some time playing around with this as I watch Nikkie Tutorials blend her concealer away with a beauty blender in 3 seconds and for me it took almost 3 minutes. I do like it for pressing powder into the skin, but so far I much prefer using the Miracle Complexion sponge from Real Techniques. It is much faster as you can swipe with this firmer and flat-edged sponge whereas the beauty blender has to be dabbed/pounced onto the skin. I also think the RT sponge is quite a bit bigger so covers a larger area, again this helps with time. A flat top kabuki brush is still the fastest, most flawless method for me. I don't notice a significant difference in the finish the beauty blender provides either, but I will continue testing it out with more foundations next week. 


That's a wrap on this post, I wish my Christmas makeup was more exciting and that I had the skill to deliver a kickass, bow-down-bitches selfie of my makeup, but photos make me so uncomfortable. I am going to try hard to get over that in 2017 but for now I hope my poor flat lays will suffice. To all you flat lay queens out there, I don't know how you do it. Sometimes, I really don't know why I am a beauty blogger, I seem to lack most of the basic requirements like taking good photos and being organised. Hope you're all having an awesome weekend, it's Christmas in days now! Take care.

What was your  go-to Christmas party makeup this year?

Love 
Kiran

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54 comments

  1. I must try the La girl foundation out as I know their products are quite inexpensive! Great picks :)
    Kathy x
    Alongcamekathy

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  2. I've actually heard that the LA Girl concealer was good so really hoping that comes in SA

    Beauty Candy Loves

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  3. I would love to try out this foundation. I love their concealers.
    Simera|Beautetude

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  4. I have to agree with you - I like the shape of the Real Techniques sponge a lot more than the traditional Beauty Blender too! Looking forward to seeing if you get on with it any better though :)


    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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    1. I will keep at it, glad someone agrees haha x

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  5. Que ideia legal!
    Eu gostaria de experimentar todos or produtos.
    Aqui no BRasil é difícil encontrá-los.

    Dany
    Blog Breshopping da Dany
    Conheça também o Breshopping da Dany KIDS
    Instagram: @breshopping_da_dany

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  6. You are gorgeous from the photo I see in your about me section, so you have to show more photos of yourself, I'm sure you looked absolutely stunning in the makeup look you created! Thanks for sharing the products you used and I hope you're having the best week so far, girlie!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. that's the work of professionals haha, thank you for commenting Jalisa xxx

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  7. I've just received that foundation & I'm looking forward to trying it! Keep going with the Beauty Blender because its fab! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceBundleGiveaway

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  8. Is the LA Girl HD Foundation the same as their perfecting liquid makeup with just a new packaging? I used to use it as my foundation but found it has a very light coverage. It looks good if you're aiming for a natural look though. :)

    xx
    Lyka Chiang

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  9. That Huda Beauty palette is absolutely gorgeous, the top row is calling my name!♡
    Kate Xx
    http://luxekate.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I agree with you, when I used the beauty blender I wasn't a huge fan either. They're also a real pain in the arse to clean! Hopefully with a few more uses you might like it more though. It works decently with concealer... but with foundation I'm not a fan!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  11. Ah I love the Beauty Blender! I find it way more bouncy that the RT Miracle sponge and I use less foundation than if I use a brush! Hopefully the more you use it the more you like it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  12. I think a beauty blender is something you learn to love - I wasn't fussed by mine to begin with - but I love it now! But it does take a while!

    Erin || MakeErinOver || Happy Blogmas!

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    1. I'll keep at it haha, thank you Erin xxx

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  13. I knew before i tried the beauty blender that sponges weren't for me when it came to foundation application. I started out with the real techniques miracle complexion sponge. I didn't like how much product it was absorbing and i felt like i was using more pumps of foundation to get the same amount of coverage.

    Then i started using the RT sponge to blend out my concealer like a year later and i fell in love. Using a sponge for your concealer gives you the smoothest finish. So when i finally tried the beauty blender i was in love! I love both the real techniques sponge and the beauty blender, maybe the beauty blender a bit more.

    So i use it to blend out my concealer. I apply my foundation with a foundation brush but i do like to quickly go over it with a beauty blender. i just bounce it on my face so it can quickly blend out any stubborn areas and pick up extra product on the areas of my face that would have looked cakey. I'm definitely happy using it this way.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com
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    https://au.pinterest.com/bernadette_95/

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    1. I might just keep it for concealer and see how I go with that, thank you for the comment xxx

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  14. I never tried beauty blender before, but I'm happy with my RT sponge! I feel no need to change especially after reading this haha :P x

    Samantha Series

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  15. Great review!
    Have a great time prepping for the holidays...
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    ig @grace_njio

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  16. I use the Real Techniques sponge and it's so good! It works much better if you wet it a little bit - I think you do end up using a bit more product, but I find it's worth it for the finish!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. I love the RT one I find it much easier to use than the beauty blender x

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  17. Def have to try out the Real Techniques sponge after reading this post!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  18. Great post, I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  19. Hello, Kiran, what for a beautiful name! I know how it feels, when we don't really want to take pictures, but hope to see some of your makeup in 2017 then! I love Pixi products, I think they are really nice and can refresh the makeup - especially the two tone blush you showed in the post! I hope you have a great Christmas time, enjoy it a lot!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. I hope so too haha, thank you for reading Denise x

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  20. I had no Christmas party to attend, so I did not have a special makeup planned. And I don't really think the beauty blender is that different to RT, it was just the first sponge of that nature and that way got so much hype.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I just prefer the shape, really don't like the shape of the beauty bender atm xxx

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  21. I love that eyeshadow palette and am dying to try one of those beauty blenders! I hear they're amazing xx, Erin - www.stylebythepeople.com

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  22. love your honest review, I just bought the same beauty blender as your and I still haven't tried it though. Loved your review <3
    Merry Christmas!

    Capturing Life Memoirs | aimeebustillo.com

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    1. Thank you, can't wait to hear what you think x

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  23. I think your flat lay looks pretty good! I suck at flat lays too, which is why I always try to avoid having those kinds of photos. I don't know how people manage to always take really nice aesthetically pleasing photos. It's so hard to do that! Taking photos of myself or outfits is so much easier than arranging products nicely into a flat lay. Also, I've heard great things about the one by Real Techniques. Real Techniques has great brushes, so I'm not surprised. I'm definitely curious to hear your thoughts on this sponge after using it more.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll keep you updated! Thank you btw I am really not happy with it. All my makeup looks so beat up haha xxx

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  24. Really want to try the RMCA powder! Really great review girl

    x x x

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  25. Great picks! I love the Huda Beauty Palette and the Shape Tape concealer. I want to try the RMCA powder.

    www.mybeautyfavs.com

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  26. These look like wonderful products. Nice post!

    www.busyandfab.com

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  27. SO happy to hear different feedback about the beauty blender. I've been itching to try it but literally thought the same thing...wouldn't it take forever to dab and get the coverage. Excited to read an update!

    Happy New Years!
    xo Marta
    www.paradiseplayground.net

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  28. Great products babe! <3 Happy 2017.

    X Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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