Real Techniques Nic's Picks

Real Techniques Nic’s Picks: My first impression

Ever since I found out that Real Techniques is launching Real Techniques Nic’s Picks set back in August 2014, I was super excited. I’ve always been fond with chrome-handle brushes and they’re near impossible to get in Malaysia. I knew that I can get my hands on Real Techniques brushes easily. Can you imagine my excitement when this set is made available in iHerb.com?

Real Techniques Nic’s Picks is a limited edition brush set from Nic Chapman, one of the sisters behind beauty blog and YouTube channel Pixiwoo and it was finally launched in October 2014. It wasn’t until middle of November that I placed my order from iHerb.com. I was patiently waiting for iHerb to come out with the special 20% OFF offer and it finally happened. Needless to say, I placed my order in less than 5 minutes and a few days later, the brushes arrived my doorstep. These beauties remained in the box until two weeks ago. I took them out, gave them a good deep thorough bath and eagerly used them the next day.

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Sam Chapman came out with a similar set last year aptly named as Sam’s Picks. I was contemplating if I should get Sam’s Picks earlier this year and while I was still contemplating, I heard about these chrome-handle Nic’s Picks. It’s just about the right time as Sam’s Picks was discontinued and Nic’s Picks made it’s way in.

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Colours Cosmetics Malaysia Flat Top Foundation Brush

Colours Cosmetics Malaysia Flat Top Foundation Brush: Perfect brush handle grip with ultra soft bristles for both liquid and powder foundation

The thing about watching YouTube videos is that you want something that was used in the video that is not available directly in the country. That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago when I was interested with NYX Baked Blush. So I do what I do best. I googled for any available online store and coincidently I was directed to Colours Cosmetics Malaysia website, the one website that many beauty addict recommended to me before this. What’s so coincident about this is that as soon as I put my laptop to sleep, I received an email through my phone from Colours Cosmetics Malaysia asking me if I would like to be among the first few to have and review their upcoming Flat Top Foundation Brush. A brush? A flat top foundation brush?! Come to mama!

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Colours Cosmetics Malaysia (CCM) has been around for the past three years, bringing in brands and high quality products from oversea such as NYX (including those not available in Sephora), Physicians Formula, Wet n Wild, Milani, Jordana, BH Cosmetics and many more. You must be thinking this Flat Top Foundation Brush is a travel size isn’t it? Well, it’s actually a normal size brush. Don’t judge the brush by it’s size 😀 . The inspiration came when the partners of CCM realized that all of us, the beauty addicts had the same problem when applying our makeup close to the mirror – that the normal long brush handle keeps on knocking onto the mirror. I don’t know about you but I don’t mind the mirror. All I care about is my brush and how scratchy it would be in the long run. Yes, I’m that particular about my beauty products. I’m glad finally someone recognized the problem and did something about it 😀

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The Brush Guard

The Brush Guard: Small investment brush protection sleeve for long lasting brush lifespan

As my brush collection is getting larger, washing and drying them is getting a little bit tougher as I only have one pack of The Brush Guard Variety Pack of six to rotate whenever I need to deep clean all my dirty brushes. I bought that one pack when I just started with makeup and I remember I bought it for my ELF brushes. That’s how I was taught to dry my brushes from day one and I still practise the same exercise till this day 🙂

Just recently I went on a hunt again for The Brush Guard and I think I found the same seller who sold me my first The Brush Guard many years ago. I reach out to her through her Facebook page and I ended up with these packs. Mind you there wasn’t many people that is selling this brush guard, even online. Hunting the seller down is tough but I always knew where to find them.

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But of course all this doesn’t come with no drama. And because of this drama, my review that was suppose to go up gazillion days ago was put on hold because I need to get some sort of confirmation before I lash out here. This is suppose to be MY BLOG to share with everyone my tips and tricks or even favourite products so that more people would benefit from it. But nooooo. It turned to be business related and I was furious. I had spoken to the seller who sold me hers so that she can contact The Brush Guard but she sort of wanting me to do it instead. I could have just review this without linking to anyone but I was more interested with the core of the problem so I contacted The Brush Guard personally. In conclusion, I will not link the online store here. More of the drama at the end of the review…

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Review: Daiso Detergent For Puff and Sponge Clean Your Sponge in 1-Minute

If you are a compact powder or foundation user I guess you ought to know that you need to wash your sponge when it’s dirty. Or should I say when the powder no longer stick to the sponge or your face look cakey after application? For me I will wash my sponge when I see that the powder on the sponge is all cramped together. When I see that it means it’s time for a bath time.

Ever since I discovered Daiso 2 years ago, saw this Daiso Detergent For Puff and Sponge on the shelve and bought a bottle home…I never look back. I had repurchase so many times since then that I lost count on how many bottles I’ve used up. I have no reason to. It’s cheap and affordable for all income level plus it’s really that good. How cheap is cheap? Everyone know Daiso sells everything for RM5 each! Yes RM5!

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The bottle design is kept simple and easy to use. Totally hassle free. Just flip the cap and pour and pour and pour.

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Review: Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush Is Just Perfect!

So I’ve jumped onto Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush bandwagon / craze 2 months ago. At the beginning it was more like curious on what’s the hype as I prefer to use my fingers to apply liquid foundation. Then it’s because I was on shopping ban and I couldn’t buy anything. And after that it was the Aeon voucher day and I was thinking hard what to buy with my stash of Aeon cash voucher since I’m on shopping ban. Wow. All the reasons that I can find to get this brush haha! And I settle with just the brush, nothing else.

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After thinking hard which brand to get as my first foundation brush, I finally decided on Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush. I notice that almost all foundation brush is small and short. I picked Shiseido as the quality and overall feel on my hand is the best among the rest and the quality is better too.

The ferrule are made from mirror-like thick metal while I cannot figure out what the handle are made from. All I know is I love how the overall finishing is. So shinny.

As mentioned the size is small and fits perfectly on my palm. At first glance I thought it’s too small but after using it for the first time everything make sense. You don’t need a huge foundation brush for the face.

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Review: Gatsby Powdered Oil Clear Paper is Not Just A Guy Thing

Did you know Gatsby have this oil blotting paper that a lot of people are raving about? I don’t until a year ago after reading it from a Singapore beauty blogger. It is Oil Clear Sheet but I couldn’t find it at Watsons but I stumbled upon another version at the man section; Gatsby Powdered Oil Clear Paper and I bought it home thinking it’s what I read lol. Silly me. What seems as a wrong purchase at first is actually a good purchase!


Gatsby Powdered Oil Clear Paper comes in a whopping 70 sheets. 70 sheets 10cm x 10cm is shockingly new to me. Look at the size!

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