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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Clarins Booster Energy

 Anything that states that it gives more energy to tired parents is something that I need to try! It’s the first product I have seen which actually refers to benefiting a parent’s skin. I guess the parenting market is a massive industry that Clarins are also trying to tap into, who can blame them.

What is it?

It’s a liquid booster, which you add 3-5 drops of to your regular moisturiser or foundation and massage in. It’s not to be used on its own, not sure what will happen if you do, but it’s not recommended.
 It comes in a 15ml container with a tiny opening, which dispenses drops slowly.
It mainly contains ginseng, which has a stimulating effect on the skin.

I love these little skin boosters that Clarins keep bringing out. They are easy to drop into your makeup bag and whip out when you feel you need a little shot of something, or for when you’ve had too many shots of something else!

It doesn’t really have a scent and doesn’t add any texture to your existing moisturiser/foundation, which is nice.

Did it work?
Weirdly I think it did give me a little boost. I don’t know if it’s the basic act of adding something into your foundation and mixing that makes it feel like a more luxurious application or if it really did liven my skin up.
 The results are not as dramatic as you may wish for after 3 hours sleep and baby sick in your hair but it’s refreshing and had a tightening effect, especially around my under eye. It also aided the blending of my foundation and seemed to offer a smoother base with no cling in my dryer areas.

This booster is also great if you fly a lot (it’s under 10ml so fine for aircraft) or if you feel your regular moisturiser or foundation needs to be a little more customised for you.

Clarins also have two other boosters in the collection including a repair booster for damaged or sun scorched skin and a detox booster if you have over indulged.

Each booster is £30.00 and available here.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

CoLab Dry Shampoo Paradise

--> The holiday adverts have begun and the bikini's are in the shops. Even though I de-iced an inch of frost off my car this morning, we are looking ahead to Spring/Summer.
After a freezing start I was so happy to find this on my desk this morning. It’s CoLab’s latest launch and besides being an amazing dry shampoo, which absorbs oil, boosts volume and refreshes the hair, it smells AMAZING. If that wasn’t enough the packaging is covered in Flamingos!

We prefer using CoLab because it doesn’t leave any white marks in our hair and is suitable for all hair tones without fear of a snowy looking residue.


 The fragrance of the new paradise dry shampoo is particularly tropical, as you may expect. If you have ever sniffed Estee Lauder’s summer fragrance, Bronze Goddess and loved it then this one is a winner for you. It’s exactly the same scent. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. For those who are not aware of how Bronze Goddess smells then it’s a soapy coconut. Not overpowering, just bloody gorgeous.
  This has now launched and has a special price of £1.73!! It's available at


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Créme

  Here’s one for those who have a combination to oily skin, which is also feeling a little confused and dehydrated.
 Firstly the texture is wonderful and if you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of time in the mornings and has to apply their foundation straight onto a moisturised skin then you will love this. It is a crème-gel so it provides a good shot of hydration but in a super lightweight gel. It absorbs quickly with no residue but provides a wonderful smoothing finish ready for your foundation application.  It feels refreshing and calming so would be nice on a slightly stressed out combination/oily skin.

What’s in it?

  •  Apple Seed extract to which stimulates the aquaporins. Aquaporins are channels, which allow water to pass along and transfer into the cells within the skin. This results in a skin plumping effect.

  • Vitamin E to protect and fight free radicals, which can lead to premature skin aging.

  • Salicylic Acid, which is great on a problematic skin. It helps with inflammation and loosens dead skin.

It doesn’t feel tacky; it feels very comfortable on a stressed skin and is a really awesome base for an oily skin. If your skin is feeling like it needs a little more hydration they also have this in a cream.

A 40ml tube of this is £14.50 and available here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Clinique Chubby x Crayola

OH MY DAYS! How super cool is this collaboration from Crayola and Clinique. So I know it’s the standard chubby stick however by cleverly teaming up with Crayola, Clinique have awakened a nostalgic excitement in us. We all remember opening a brand new box of Crayola crayons as kids. The smell, the textures on the paper, the classic shade names. It was through Crayola that I learnt what shade Cornflower, Robin’s egg blue and Magenta all translated as.
Clinique even included a colouring in picture of Nic and a box of crayons in our parcel. Such a fun idea. Congrats Clinique marketing team, you nailed it. 

Anyway, onto the product. Clinique have launched 10 limited edition shades, which, will be sold exclusively at Selfridges and online from 3rd February for those who can’t get to Selfridges. 

Each Chubby lip crayon is a moisturising balm, which provides a mix of bold and sheer tones delivered through a satin, moisturising texture. 

 We have 8 of the new shades to share with you…

 Nice array of fresh tones to slick on in a hurry this Spring/Summer. All of the shades are pretty sheer with the exception of Red Violet and Brick red which have a bolder pigment.

 You can purchase the Crayola Chubby stick box as seen above for £35.00 or purchase individually for £17.50. Both available here.


Friday, 6 January 2017

The Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter

 Recently I have been feeling like my skincare needed a bit of a shake up and I fancied trying out some alternative cleansers to my normal choice. I happened to be in The Body Shop and picked up the sumptuous cleansing butter for £10.00. The fact that the Camomile extract is from here in god old Norfolk pulled me in (if indeed it actually is!).  It’s targeted for a sensitive skin and being a balmy butter means it would be suitable for both oily and dryer skins, so I gave it a shot.

It’s quite a slim line 90ml tin so my first thoughts would be that it wouldn’t last that long but I have been using it for a good month night and day and don’t have a visible hole in it yet.

It’s a nice soft balm, which transfers onto the fingertips easily without much pressure. The ingredients include Olive fruit oil, Shea butter, Sunflower oil and Chamomile. It has a slight fresh Lemon fragrance.

It feels a little greasy on initial application but as you massage it into the skin it lifts off all makeup, even mascara and stubborn lip products. The best thing about this cleanser is that it washes off really easily. I didn’t feel like I needed to use a second cleanser to remove it and I didn’t have to keep washing over again to remove the residue.

My skin feels so clean and smooth after use and over the last few weeks my skin has felt clearer and evened. It’s lost its slightly aggravated redness and feels balanced and even.

This cleanser is particularly lovely on a combination, irritated or oily skin because it doesn’t feel buttery or greasy but would be nice on a normal or dryer skin too. 

The only negative I have is that I don't particularly like the tin style packaging.  it's good fro travelling and storing biu when you have wet hands in the bathroom it's really annoying to undo and close up again. It's a minor problem though and I can deal with it!

This is definitely one I’ll be purchasing again. You can get hold of it here.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

MAC Make Up Art Cosmetics

This month MAC is collaborating with three legendary makeup artists to bring us a collection of both new and some re-promote products.
 The makeup artists involved are Diane Kendal, Kabuki and James Kaliardos and they have each designed a set of products to sit within the collection.

We have some key pieces from the launch to share with you…

  The eye shadow quad holds four shimmering shades in silver, gold, pink pearl and a brown shot with a green pearl (exactly like blue/brown pigment).
 Payoff is good and the lighter shades look pretty pressed over a bolder base shadow. Blendability is good but the glittery pieces do spread so use a firm brush when blending.

 The Studio eye gloss in Crystal Glass is a stunning burnt orange. I almost want to lick it, it looks so appealing! The eye gloss is best worn alone on a naked lid, as it will creases and separate any powder, which is worn underneath. If you are using it for a short period of time for a shoot it will sit well temporarily on top of powder. It feels very sticky and you will be pulling your hair off of it all night but it’s a fun product for your kit. The colour isn’t quite as bold when patted onto the skin. 


For the lips there is an interesting shade of gray in a retro matte liquid lip colour. Would look better on a deeper skin tone or again for a shoot but I’m not sure it’ll be a sell out product for MAC.

We only have one product from this collection but it’s probably our favourite. It’s a palette of 6 cream eye shadows, which are really nice to use as a base for a smoky eye. 

The cream is quite a dry texture so they don’t feel greasy. Pat these onto the lid as a base and then layer over a deep toned powder for an intense eye.

The blush is a duo of cream products in a bright apricot peach and a subtle gold, which provide a very natural warm sheen. The apricot is lovely for a summer flush to the cheeks.

For the lips we have two products, a lipstick in a satin cherry red and a two-tone peach gloss shot with a golden sparkle. 

The gloss looks very pretty in the packaging as the colours separate to give an ombre effect but after you have pumped the wand a couple of times they soon bleed through into each other. The colour pay off isn't very good in the gloss however. It's pretty much clear with a slight peach sparkle.

 This collection launches this month in stores so let us know what your favourite products are from the launch. Sam will be featuring pieces from this collection in tonight's tutorial at 6pm.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Metallic Eyes, Botox and lots and lots of SEQUINS

This tutorial is more for the Christmas party season but there is no reason why you couldn't rock a sequin in January!


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Party makeup for under £50.00

You may possibly be all partied out but if you still looking for an affordable look for a special event then check out Nic's tutorial.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Escentric Molecules 01 Fragrance

I started to wear Escentric Molecules after smelling it on a makeup artist I was working with. He smelt so divine and even after he left the room I could still smell his amazing fragrance. I generally am always more attracted to male fragrance  (I guess that would make sense) however when I asked him what it was he explained that it was unisex and then went on to tell me all the unique points about his fragrance.

Escentric Molecules is a very 'no frills' looking bottle of fragrance. It's not one which jumps out to you and unlike the romantic, luxurious story which a lot of brands spew out to us, it's very industrial looking with a scientific back story.

What's in it?
It uses a molecule known as Iso E Super which is created within a laboratory. Creator Geza Schoen realised that every fragrance he liked had a high concentration of this molecule and so decided to create a fragrance which only contained this molecule. Whilst testing the fragrance he was regularly stopped by people enquiring what fragrance he was wearing. The Iso E Super molecule has an almost alluring fragrance. There are no other odourants within, just simply this molecule.

It's really hard to describe fragrance on a blog post, you need to really experience it yourself. Molecule 01 is actually particularly hard to describe. It's fresh without being citrusy, it's neither overly masculine or overtly feminine and it's not at all floral. It really is a total enigma and if you can never find a fragrance which suits you then you should 100% test this one out. I bet you love it.
 Every single time I wear it someone, usually female, will ask what I'm wearing. I can never smell it on myself but everyone around me always notices it. It's the only fragrance this has ever happened with. I had my eyelashes tinted the other week and the therapist contacted me later in the day to ask me what I wore as she could still smell it in her salon, she has since gone on to purchase and every client she is close to asks her what it is.

You can check out Escentric Molecules in Liberty or purchase online here.


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

De Mamiel Winter Face oil

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 I've been searching for a new face oil for a while. I had been testing out various ones over the last month or so but they just didn't seem to be helping my skin, in fact they seemed to be irritating the hell out of it. I have found that anything with too many essential oils just flares my face up and causes tiny red bumps under the skin which look almost rash like.
 In the process to try and eliminate what was irritating my face I had held off using a lot of products which had then resulted in my skin becoming ridiculously dry.

I thought I would give the new Winter facial oil from De Mamiels a shot at sorting my skin out. It's packed with antioxidants and omega oils and contains a rich blend of vitamin A,C and E. It also contains Copper which helps with skin elasticity and firmness. Iron to give the skin a glow and speed up skin healing and Selenium which is said to be beneficial in reducing acne severity. There are also some essential oils within which did concern me a little but so far I've had no reaction. The essential oils present are Rosehip, Argan, Evening Primrose, Blackcurrant seed, Wild Myrrh and Neroli.

What does this oil promise?
 To restore radiance to tired, winter worn complexions.

Did it work?
 I feel like a little bit of calm has been restored into my skin. I've stripped back the amount of products I have been using so to use a few drops of this oil in the evening is such a treat. My skin lapped this oil up so it didn't feel greasy when I went to bed. I'm not sure I look any less tired, I think I'll always appear tired but my skin looks evened with no redness or dry patches. It has give it a shot of much needed hydration and has definitely softened out my complexion. It also smells wonderful.

If your skin is combination then apply 4 drops in the evening after cleansing. If you have a dryer skin then use in the evenings and also a drop mixed with your foundation looks beautiful and helps with the blending process of your foundation over dry patches.

A real winter evening treat that has actually worked for me in reducing the irritation and stress in my skin.
 De Mamiel winter oil is available here.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas to you all

We hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and and even better 2017. We can't thank you enough for all you have supported us in this past year. You guys are the best and we can't wait to create lots more exciting and fun tutorials along with some fabulous new launches from Real techniques for you.

Merry Christmas.XX


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas party glitter lip

If you fancy wearing a statement lip this Christmas then check out Nic's glitter lip tutorial.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Pixiwoo Face and Hollywood Icons

If you're after those last minute stocking fillers for a makeup and beauty addict then don't forget there is still time to order either our Hollywood Icons DVD or if they prefer a good read then opt for our book Pixiwoo Face.

Hollywood Icons

We took a trip to the capital of vintage glamour, Hollywood. We explored the old haunts of some of the most beautiful women in history and spoke to people who knew their beauty secrets. You can also watch us recreate some key looks of the time.

 It's a really fun watch and would be a great gift for any makeup fanatic.
 Hollywood Icons is and available here

 Face by Pixiwoo

We worked on this book for two years to ensure we included absolutely everything you could ever wish to know about makeup application and product.

We talk about the key tools required, application skills and tips and some must have info for all budding makeup artists or for those who just want to update their knowledge on all things makeup and beauty related.

It's basically a compilation of everything we edit out of our tutorials to give you extra tips and tricks. There are also interactive pages which are compatible with your smart phone app's so you may watch never seen before tutorials.

Face by Pixiwoo is available here.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist

 Kevyn Aucoin is renowned for creating a flawless base. We have been massive fans of the sensual skin enhancer for a while and if you need an insanely good coverage from a concealer then definitely check that one out here.

We have been testing out the latest foundation offering The Etherealist. Kevyn Aucoin state it to be a lightweight, illuminating foundation infused with pearl pigments which reflect light and create a radiance which lightens and brightens and boosts hydration.

What do we think?
It feels beautifully fluid on application and buffs into the skin easily. It provides a light wash of cover but is also very buildable if you need a little more help in areas. It dries off quickly and feels pretty matte to the touch. The illumination is not as strong as I expected. It gives a softly satin finish, not the creamy glossy pay off which I was expecting. Skin just looks like skin really! Healthy, natural and evened out. I would say this would be an awesome foundation for an oily or combination customer who still likes a little radiance from their foundation. It would still perform well on a dryer skin but I found it did cling a little to dry patches (most foundations will). If you have a dry skin then you could mix it with your moisturiser or hydrating primer.
 It lasted well on the skin and didn’t require any powdering, even on a combination skin.

 The Etherealist has a great colour line up to cover the majority of skin tones. There are 16 shades available but we have 15 to share with you because one has gone AWOL!

*For some reason I got my foundations mixed up so appologies for the random number 12 in the wrong place.

This foundation is available now here for £50.00


Friday, 16 December 2016

Black Up 2 in 1 shimmering mascara and liner

This is the time of year where you quite often pop out straight from work for a festive drink. If you don't have time to change up your whole makeup look then you can quickly transform your eye look with these shimmering mascara and liner from Black Up.
 They only come in two shades of gold or silver and contain tiny shards of glitter suspended in a water based gel solution. The shards of glitter don't seem to drop at all and once the gel has dried off they are pretty steadfast. It probably wouldn't be the best product for a very sensitive eye or contact lens wearer however.

The liner brush tip is fine and flexible so you can apply either a thin or thick line, it works well under the lower lashes too. Along the wand there is an inch of grooves cut into the applicator so that you can brush the glitter through your lashes. This works well, however I can imagine as the product gets low it may not reach the grooved part to coat it enough.

A nice little two in one product to jazz up a daytime look. Wear it on top of a black liner, on its own or tip your lashes with it.

These are €19.90 each and available here.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Neom Christmas Wish candle

We always look forward to a Neom candle this time of year. The triple wick radiates a warming glow and makes a beautiful centre piece on a festive table. This year the Neom Christmas candle is extra special as not only is it sprinkled with real 18ct gold but it is also supporting the Make a wish charity, something which it has proudly done for 10 years.

The Make a wish charity grants wishes especially for children and young people who are fighting a life threatening illness. It gives children an opportunity to spend a day out with their idol, a bedroom makeover or just a fun day out to take their mind off of their routine hospital visits. It's different for every child depending on their wish.

 Sales from this Christmas wish candle go towards Neom's annual contribution to the Make a wish foundation. This year Neom are pledging to donate two wishes for children who live in the proximity of their flagship stores in Leeds and Wimbledon.

The Christmas wish candle is presented in a weighted glass holder with golden snowfall pattern sprinkled around the glass. The 3 wicks will provide 50 hours burn time, just ensure you burn all three wicks at the same time so it burns down evenly.

The scent is pretty strong and it lingers in the air for days after too. It's a warming spicy scent with a slightly sweet, fruity undertone. It reminds us of mulled wine with a shot of cinnamon. Beautiful on a cold Wintery night.

This candle is available now for £45.00 here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Makeup for when you're hungover but still gotta work!

We all need this tutorial for this time of the year!!


Friday, 9 December 2016

Illamasqua Antimatter Lipsticks #ad

 Illamasqua are launching 16 brand new lipsticks to their lip portfolio. The Antimatter lipstick range caters for all and includes a shade range from soft ochre through to damson pink and on to winterberry. As you may expect from an all-inclusive brand such as Illamasqua there is a tone, which will compliment the fairest skin and up to a deeper skin.


Housed in the standard patent black case with true colour swatch at the base. The texture would be classed as semi-matte so ticks the box for lovers of a cream or a matte lipstick. The pigment pay off is instant and bold with no need to build depth. The feel on the lips is the seller for us. They give you a natural lip feel with no reflection, just a satin, buttery finish. The semi-matte texture also means they have great longevity and won’t be washed away with the first glass of Champagne this Christmas. The shade wears throughout the day rather than slipping off or becoming patchy.

Illamasqua is really good at bringing a high end product to the high street and the colour range goes from mainstream to eccentric to reflect this. They are also a completely cruelty free brand which makes shopping them a guilt free treat.
 The Antimatter range cater for all lipstick tastes and the semi-matte finish means even those with the driest lips this winter can achieve a matter finish which still feels comfortable.

Check out the 16 shades :

To celebrate the new launch we are giving an opportunity for 1 lucky person to win all 16 shades from the Antimatter lipstick collection. This is an exclusive preview of the lipsticks before they launch anywhere else!

Here are some of our favourite shades from the collection..

For a fair skin tone the shades in Spectra and Solar look particularly striking. Team them up with a similar toned lip liner for a crisp edge and wear them bold with a flawless skin and nude eye.
 The shades in Lya and Binary look beautiful on a deeper skin tone depending on if you prefer a natural or bright lip. Lya, which is an usual warm toned biscuit shade works well with a slightly deeper lip liner and a slick of mirror gloss over the top.
 The shades in Vibrate and Energy may be shades that most would shy away from however they make a blue eye look insanely bright and if you are feeling particularly creative you could mix them with a fuchsia pink and create an ombré purple to pink lip.

All of the T&C’s for the competition are over on the Illamasqua website here and the winner will be announced Monday 19th December via email from Illamasqua.

The Antimatter lipsticks will launch exclusively at Selfridges 26th December 2016 and will then be available nationwide from the 5th January 2017. Each lipstick will be £20.00.
Head over to the Illamasqua website now to be in with a chance. Winning every shade will mean you can experiment with different shades to your hearts content!

Good luck!

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