I don’t have time to keep my finger on the pulse of all that is new and exciting.  In the world of makeup, that is almost impossible – unless you have a team…I need a team…  So many brands with so many products, launching every day, week, month, season.  It’s crazy.

Sometimes you just have to wait for the bandwagon to come along and jump on board.  That’s how it went for me with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Real Techniques.  I booked my ticket for a one way trip to Flawless Makeup Town, and believed the gosh darn hype.

Real Techniques is a line of cruelty free, vegan makeup brushes, by vlogging sisters Sam and Nic Chapman from Pixiwoo.  They are made of taklon, a super soft synthetic fibre, that works beautifully with both cream and powder products.  The first time I tried taklon brushes was with the Hourglass range, which I have to say is one of my all time favourites for extremely high quality vegan makeup tools.  Apart from the flawless finish they provide, what I love most is that they don’t lose their bristles.  No scary witchy poo hairs sticking out of your face with these beauties.

The bristles in the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush are dense and tightly packed, so you can buff away and really push the product into your skin without leaving streaky brush strokes.  I have used this one for foundation, cream bronzer, and both cream and powder blushes.  It’s an oval shape, so it’s great for applying product to cheeks without getting it all over your face.  I am definitely going to invest in more of these brushes, as they are super affordable without skimping on quality.  No wonder everyone on the internet is raving about them.

QUICK TIP : I like to shun the traditional blush application technique of smiling to find the apples of my cheeks.  Every time I do that, then relax my face, my blush sits too far down and makes me look droopy.  I like to just keep my face relaxed and put my blush exactly where I want it, which still looks nice when I smile.  This is also a good tip if you are lined around your cheek area, because when you smile, the skin wrinkles up and the blush only deposits on the top, not inside the crease, so you end up with stripey blush…unless you of course you smile constantly, which can, however, make you look slightly insane.

Another brand garnering mega cyber love is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and for very good reason.  It’s amazing.  I was seeing it all over Pinterest and didn’t really consider it, until I discovered it was cruelty free.  Then of course, i had to have it.  Created in 2004 by makeup artist David Klasfeld, for makeup artists, it has become an essential addition to the kit of anyone working in high definition beauty.  Sans crap.  Not only is OCC cruelty free and vegan, but it is free of unnecessary fillers and rubbish ingredients that can leave your skin in a bad way.  Now that they are selling to the masses, this is even more important, as we are not just wearing makeup for an occasional photo shoot, but often daily, so we want to put something kind on our skin.

For me, the search for the perfect foundation is like the search for the perfect bra.  There are so many variables to consider, but when you satisfy all the necessary criteria and everything is in place, well, you just feel unstoppable…am I right?  With your perfect bra, the smart move is to buy it in a few different colours, and if you’re like me and do the occasional self tan, then you’ll be tempted to do the same with the OCC Tint – Tinted Moisturizer.  Well, go ahead, because it’s less that 30 bucks, and the colour range is fantastic.  It comes in 12 colours which either have a yellow or red base, from super pale to deep and dark.  There really is a shade to most skin tones, but if not, then it’s affordable enough to buy a couple and custom blend your own, which is what I plan to do.  I have the shade Y2, for a medium yellow based skin tone, which is perfect for my non tanned face.  I am going to order the next shade up also, so I have a colour for when I’m tanned and can mix the two when it is fading back to pale.  It just makes sense.

As for the finish of the OCC Tint, well, it’s the most adjustable coverage foundation I have ever used.  Just as the name suggests, you can wear it as a tinted moisturiser, or with the help of a synthetic buffing brush, you can build and build and build until you have covered everything that is causing you grief.  It looks so perfect you would swear it was loaded with silicone, but nope, it’s totally pure and glides on smoothly to become a second skin.  That’s the only way I can describe it, as it’s neither dewy, sparkly nor matte, it really is just like skin.  Using my Expert Face Brush, I like to apply a light layer first all over my face and neck, then add more coverage to the centre of my face where it gets a bit red.  If the brush doesn’t give you enough coverage, then a makeup sponge like the Beauty Blender, can be used to push more product onto tricky spots like the chin, nose and cheeks.  It sits beautifully under and around the eye area, as it doesn’t settle into fine lines, but somehow blurs them.  My Mum tried it too, with my Nanna accusing her of some sort of magical sorcery because her skin looked so radiant.

I am really excited to try more from both of these super cool brands and will be sure to tell you all about my new purchases.  For now though, I am happy to obsess over these current favourites while feeling wonderfully supported in my new bra.  It’s not quite perfect, but at least my foundation is.

Kind Beauty Points : Both brands featured are cruelty free and vegan.

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