Bond Girl Xenia Onatopp Make Up Tutorial

Before filming today’s tutorial I couldn’t resist taking a quick photo of these beauties in front of my ring light!

I ordered these via Boots online and I couldn’t wait for the email to say they were ready to be collected! I picked them up 2 days ago & I used them for the first time today.

There has been a lot of mixed reviews on the price of these brushes due to the jump in cost from the previous set by Real Techniques & Pixiwoo.
But as the girls explained in their recent video on their channel, this new Bold Metals Collection is a premium brush set aimed at professionals as well as makeup lovers. And as the girls have such a huge following, there would be a mammoth amount of disappointed fans if the new line was only available in a premium cosmetic outlet.
So it seemed the logical thing to do to make sure the brushes were accessible to everyone was to keep the sets in the high street!

I adored the original line from the girls, so to say I was excited about the launch of the Bold Metals Collection is an understatement!
And I’m most definitely not disappointed.
Where most brush brands fall short for me is the tautness of bristles. For instance the Pointed Crease brush from this range is p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!! The very tip of the bristles where the point forms has the right stiffness, and the bristles around it are the ideal softness to blend out the surrounding shadow.
Many others I’ve come across are too soft and the tip just sways back and forth with the rest of the hairs, which prevents it from doing what it’s meant to.

All the brushes are made from the softest synthetic hair, so they are completely animal cruelty free! Also, this means all the brushes can be used with both powder & cream products.

Another plus for me are the weighted handles. I’ve always used fully-leaded pencils for drawing, and found that having a little bit of weight to the pencil aided the process & the comfortability of drawing. And it’s the same with my makeup brushes. I think it’s all about balance.

There are 7 brushes in total within the range, but I didn’t purchase the angled liner as it’s the one type of brush I don’t really use or particularly like, not just from RT but from most brands. It’s just personal preference. I have 2 that I stick to if-and-when I do use them; a sable angled liner from Crown, and a synthetic one from Illamasqua (both used for brows) and as they say ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ but who knows, I may be persuaded to get it at a later date.

I love that the brushes are coloured differently according to their use. My favourite colour is the Rose Gold.

You can definitely tell these have been designed by professional makeup artists. They are a premium brush line that are 100% worth their price!

In the USA you can pick up the entire set in ULTA, and in the UK these are exclusive to Boots.


Easy Modern Pin-up Makeup Tutorial - Pixiwoo

First impression: Real techniques core collection

Contour brush: This brush is absolutely perfect for applying blush or bronzer. It is small enough to fit in the hollow of my cheek and I love how soft and flexible the bristles are. It seems very sturdy and has a nice weight to it which makes it easier to hold.

Pointed foundation brush: I really don’t have a use for this brush because whenever I wear foundation I use my fingers or a stippling brush. This could work to apply or blend out concealer but I will definitely have to play around with it to see if I have any use for it.

Detail brush: This brush is definitely not something I would use as a concealer brush, it seems too flat to really blend anything in well. That being said, it is absolutely perfect as a lip brush. I love that the tip is slightly pointed, as this makes it easier to get the corners of my lips.

Buffing brush: This brush is the main reason I got this kit, as I have been watching Sam and Nic use it on their youtube channel for quite a while now. I am so impressed with this brush, it blends foundation really well and gives a very smooth finish. This brush could also work for powder or cream blush. 

(Picture is not mine)


Miss Argentina from Beetlejuice Halloween Tutorial

for like 10 years i’ve wanted to be miss argentina for halloween but i never do it because i am sort of overwhelmed by all the things i need to buy and invest in to make it look so badass. i couldn’t do it half-assed. gah. i need a makeup artist friend. and a wig friend. and a costume friend. 


I love her for doing this.

Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman

If you are a true makeup lover and you haven’t heard of the pixiwoo sisters… you must be living under a rock. These British gals are professional makeup artists who make amazing youtube tutorials. (Like this one)

And now, one of the sisters (Samantha) has launched her own makeup brush line. The brushes were buy on get one half off at Ulta a few weeks ago, so I jumped on the opportunity to try them out:

I am in LOVE!