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Favorite Real Technique Brushes

Sunday, July 27, 2014

...unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you've either heard or have tried one of the brushes from the real techniques range. Today's post is all about my top three RT brushes and my thoughts on each. I've owned these brushes for almost a year now, and I have to say that they have held up wonderfully, even better than some of my higher end brushes. The great thing I love about  them is how great they are made and how inexpensive they are. Not only are they easy to clean for the most part, I have had no issues with shedding what so ever. I have to say they apply makeup almost just as good as my other higher end brushes and should be apart of anyone's makeup and beauty collection. They are indeed worth the hype. It took me a long time to actually jump on the RT train but I'm so glad I did.

Powder Brush $8.99
This is by far my favorite of the bunch. This brush is so big and fluffy it's unreal. It's just as soft as the other three and does not shed what so ever. I use this to apply powder all over my face to set my foundation, but it can also be used to apply bronzer as well. I ended up buying a back up of this brush as I use it so much and one is always dirty. The only gripe I have with this brush (which isn't a huge deal) is cleaning it. I have to deep clean this brush twice when I wash my brushes because it's insanely dense and the risk for bacterial build up is high. I deep clean it twice with a cleaning oil and then wash it regularly with my philosophy 3 in 1 face cleanser. This seems to do the trick and gets all of the gunk out. A little high maintenance but I love it non-the-less.
 Blush Brush $8.99
 I used to use the MAC 116  blush brush to apply my blush however since purchasing this I haven't been reaching for my MAC brush. RT's blush brush is very fluffy with a tapered tip which makes for precise application of one's blush. You wouldn't believe how soft the bristles are and like I mentioned I haven't had any issues with shedding. Unless you use a very light hand I probably wouldn't use this brush with very pigmented blush products because it deposits the color pretty well and for those blushes it may be too much. I use a stippling brush to apply my very pigmented blushes for example NARS's Exhibit. 

Expert Face Brush $8.99
I use this brush to apply my tinted moisturizers and certain liquid foundations. It's small enough to apply foundation to areas around your noes and eye area but big enough to for the other areas of your face as well. This brush is great at buffing in foundation. It does take some work but the finish is flawless. It's also quite dense so it needs a good wash and deep clean. It's not a completely round brush expect for at the top as both sides more flat. I do find that it works well with my tinted moisturizer and all of my liquid type foundations expect my NARS sheer glow. It applied my NARS sheer glow very streaky which I find odd. I use it to apply the sheer glow but use another foundation brush to buff if into the skin. I'm attributing the streekiness to the sheer glow's consistency possibly...? Other than that I enjoy using it especially with my tinted moisturizer.

I have to say that the price point of these brushes is what initially caught my eye as well as all the positive reviews I've read. I now have my eyes on the buffing brush from the range however it is always sold out mt my local ULTA. So annoying. I've since then purchased the beauty blender type makeup sponge from the brand and can't wait to use it!

Have you tried any of the brushes from the RT range? If so what are your thoughts?

Summer Must Haves - Daily Essentials

Saturday, July 19, 2014

...these days have been both sweltering and hectic for me. My life
lately has changed so much in the past month alone which I hope is for the better. I'll be moving in a months time and I have been slowly packing which has been a pain. Almost all of my makeup is packed away so I've been living out of what I have in my makeup bag. Today's post is short and sweet as I'll be making mention of 4 products that I have been re
aching for a lot lately while I have limited access to my makeup stash. Furthermore I can't see my self without them during these hot summer months.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - this has been the best product, foundation wise, in this Florida heat. It's light, gives ample coverage and doesn't make wearing makeup in the summer miserable. Tinted moisturizers n my book is the way to go during the summer. Who wants  their face to be melting away under tons of makeup?
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Quad in "Rosy Tan" - whenever I wear eyeshadow, this is the quad I reach for. It has a mix of basic neutral colors with a pop of pink simple enough for everyday wear.
  • Tom Ford's "Deep Mink" - my favorite nude lipstick, it never leaves my makeup bag...ever. You can never go wrong with a simple nude lipstick and this one is no exception. I love that I don't need to add a lip liner whenever I wear this.
  • Butter London's Nail Lacquer "Cuppa" - I try to keep a nail polish in my makeup bag with me at all times and this has been a regular. It's my second favorite nude after OPI's "Did You'ear about Van Gogh.

     What are your top staple items you can't be without this summer season?

Blogger Babble Vol. 2 | Moving On...

Friday, July 18, 2014

... packing for my anticipated move has been a pain in my rear end! You never know how much junk you have until you decide to move. I mean, do I really need all 15 bath and body works candle? Yes...yes I do actually. But you get my drift. August is my move in month and although I've been packing for weeks now I feel so overwhelmed as though I haven't gotten anywhere. This is my second big move, the first being, moving out of my mom's house and on my own. I didn't have much to move then, but now living on my own for the past couple years I've accumulated a lot of junk. Pretty, sparkly junk, but junk non the less. I'm still trying to decide if I should hire a moving company to actually move my things into the new place or do it on my own with the help of my brother and dad. Have you guys ever used a moving company? If so please share your experience and/or things I should look out for.
The most frightening part of this entire move is that I'll be living on my own. No fiance, no significant other, just me, my self and maybe my cats (I currently share custody of them with my mom with visitation rights, lol). The past 4 years has had it's ups and many downs and it's time to move on ( a mutual understanding/decision). I've been very depressed lately and have been dealing with bouts of anxiety on a daily basis, but my solace has been prayer, writing and spending time with my mom. Change to me personally is a big deal and I get paranoid and anxious about the unknown, but I have been learning daily that I just have to take one step at a time, one moment at a time. The past month has bitter sweet, but albeit scary I'm looking forward to being on my own and finding what/who makes me happy. 
Thank God for my mom, friends who have become family and the power of prayer.
Rhondine, xo.

June Favorites

Friday, July 04, 2014

...the month of June was somewhat of an uneventful month for me beauty wise as I have been packing for my move in a months time. Most of my makeup are in boxes so I'm basically living out of my small makeup bag beauty wise. Never the less there were some stand out products that I couldn't get enough of. 
First let's start with the non beauty favorite of the bunch - my obnoxiously pink Michael Kors Preppy Chic Mercer watch. I have to say it was love at first sight when I saw this watch in the MK store. It was big, it was bright and it had to be mine. I wear this to work only, since my scrubs are blue with a Pink ribbon sewed in as an ode to breast cancer awareness. I love both colors together and have been wearing this watch for the past month and a half non stop which has garnered me quite a bit of compliments. Next up is another eye catcher, OPI's "need sunglasses" nail polish. This is my favorite yellow colored nail polish which I only wear on my toes. I love the finish and how it looks when I roam around in my sandals. The name suits it well as it is hella bright! It's a perfect fit for summer. New in Dior's beauty line up, Dior's "Addict It-Lash" is a recent favorite as I purchased it in the earlier part of June. While I still love my Lancome Hyponose Drama, all I've been using the past month is the It-Lash. I love how it separates my lashes and lengthens them for an effortless look for on the go. For a more voluminous dramatic look, I still resort to my Hyponse Drama
I don't know about you all but I have the worst under eye dark circles. They are just beyond and I complain about them all the time. Origin's Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream has been a God sent. I've been using it on and off every since I purchased it a couple months ago, but this past month I've needed it like my life depended on it. It's a salmon color with very tiny illuminating particles that brightens the under eye area. At first I was a little disappointed with the size for the price I paid ($30), but a very little goes a long way. You need the tiniest amount to achieve what you need to.
It has been 1000 degrees here in Florida and I get really leery about wearing too much makeup in the heat. Chanel's Les Beige Healthy Glow Powder has come in very handy lately as I use it alone, or sometimes with my tinted moisturizer for a more matte finish. It's light enough to wear atop of makeup but still effective as a finishing powder. It has become a re-discovered staple of mine. I've been really enjoying Marc Jacob's beauty line specifically his line of face brushes. The Face I is an amazingly soft yet sturdy brush that blends my liquid foundation in like a dream The bristles don't irritate my skin which I love and although on the dense side it isn't difficult to clean. I've been addicted to Jo Malone's Vitamin E lip conditioner over the past month. I use it non stop as it never leaves my pocket or handbag when I'm on the go. I adore the slight vanilla minty scent it has and how it soothes and keeps my lip from peeling or chapping. My final favorite of the moment comes in the form of a lip liner. Chanel's Le Crayon Levres Lip Definer in Amarante has to be my favorite vampy colored lip liner. I love the fact that I can wear it both deep reds and plums or just on it's own by filling in my lips. It's very creamy, does not tug across my lips and I've enjoyed wearing it all month long.
What were your June favorites?
Thanks for stopping by, Rhondine.

!!!!! Happy 4th of July !!!!!

Summer Time Lustings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Time Lustings
There is something humbling about making a wish lists and honestly I enjoy putting them together. Every season I find my self lusting after various items some of which end up coming home with me. I'm always eyeing shit especially accessories and makeup. I think I'm the only person I know who HATES clothes shopping. I dread it, but will spend hours deciding on a beauty item or accessory. Is that weird? My current wish list features a mix of everything, some of which I've been lusting over for years (hello Prada Baroque)! Most of my savings have been going towards buying a house so I've been watching how I spend my money. Never the less a girl can dream....and make wish lists right?! 
  • Tory Burch Leticia Flat Thong - fell in love with this sandal at first sight. I love anything brown or tan or Tory Burch for that matter, so this is right up my ally. I'll be keeping my eye on this sandal to see if it goes on sale (shoe Gods, please answer my prayers)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - i've been hearing so much buzz about this primer and want to give it a go. The only face primer I use is my tried and true Chanel Lumiere Illuminating base  but I also want see what else is out there. 
  • Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Delight - my favorite fragrance is the classic Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh so when I saw this and smelled it I fell in love. 
  • NARS Yachiyo Brush - i've had my eye on this brush for well over a year now, but have decided against getting it on several occasions.  However, every time I see a picture of it on Tamira's blog over at I want to run out and buy it.
  • Prada Round Baroque Sunglasses - i'm very ambitious with this one but I have been in love with these sunglasses every since they were released. I love the look and how whimsical the handles are. They may remain on my wish list for a while but one day they will be mine. 
  • Zara Mini City Bag - Another Tamira inspired lust, I ADORE the color of this bag. I also love the fact that it looks unique and is structured. 
  • Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm - i keep seeing this brand everywhere and have not read a negative review about this product. I also appreciate the fact that the products from this brand are all natural
  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors - yet another Tamira inspired lust (can you tell I adore her and her blog?), I've been researching this product for a week now and I like what I see.
  • NARS Kabuki Ita Brush - i've been trying new ways to wear my makeup lately and want to start contouring a bit. Based on videos I've seen featuring this brush, I love how it contours one's face with ease
  • Bumble & Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner - i'm on the market for some new hair care products and came across these about a month ago. Bumble and Bumble is such a highly talked about brand so I plan on trying this combo and see how I like it.
What are your Summer lustings? 

Rhondine, xo.

Blogger Babble Vol. 1 | Life Latley

Summer is finally here and this girl is happy! It's hella hot in Orlando at the moment but I'm very thankful for some sun and warmth. I was so over Winter it wasn't even funny. I haven't blogged in week or so due work and school. Work has been super hectic lately. We've been having a very high staff turnover rate so I've been working a lot of extra hours. This is a good and bad thing actually. I have extra money in my pocket which has been going towards saving, but it also means I'm always tired. It's been very interesting balancing the extra days worked with completing my school assignments which seems never ending! Grrr. Speaking of school, I'm almost done with my BSN which I feel like I've been saying for a while now. I withdrew from classes last semester which set me back a semester but I will be done in December of this year. After the current Summer semester is over I'll have two courses left to take and then I'll be DONE! *does cartwheels*
Another exciting change coming is switching to the night shift on my unit. Currently I work 7a-7p 3-4 days a week, however starting July 1st I'll be working 7p-7a. I'm honestly nervous since I haven't worked the night shift in about two years, so it's going to be bit of an adjustment. The change comes in lieu of wanting a different work pace. The day shift is beyond hectic and I feel my body being burnt out in just 3 years of being a nurse. The night shift has it's challenges, however you have less stimulation at nights which I need. I don't have family members breathing down my back every 5 seconds, managers calling me for various things during the day etc. I can come in, take care of my patients without the extra hassle. Another bonus, my wages will increase which is a plus for me seeing that I'm saving up to buy a house within a years time. I'm so sick of renting!
Blogging will still be a part of my routine as I plan on keeping my blog going. I don't have a set schedule for blogging which works for me. My priorities are work, family life and finishing school and this blog is an extension of my life. I love the this blog gives me however. I can write what I want, when I want. It's a very relaxing outlet for me and is the least stressful activity I do. I love writing and reading as both are my favorite pastimes. I recently changed or updated rather a few things on my blog recently. I was able to fix the slide show at the top of my page which as been an issue ever since I got this template, plus I changed my page fonts and changed the look of my side bar a little. I'm obviously not a successful, well known blogger but I'm so proud of my little blog. It makes me so happy and I take pride in making sure everything is neat and minimal as possible.
I look forward to what this summer will bring and can't wait to hit the beach! I say this all the time, but I'm so thankful for all the the support my fellow blogger friends have given me and to the ones who have been a continuous support I thank you. Lilly, Andrea, Keisha, Tanya have all been lovely and I appreciate them. To all my new readers, welcome and I hope you have a lovely time here on BTB :)
What are your summer plans this year?

Wallet Snatchers: A Collective Haul

Sunday, June 15, 2014

feed your curiosity... |

...over the span of two months, I've acquired a few new goodies which I've been lusting over for months now. Some of the products are new releases while some have been on the market for a while. Sephora and MAC are the devil I swear. I go in for one thing and end up leaving with additional stuff. I try not to get sucked in but I fail every time! #thestruggle! Some of the products I've already used so I'll make mention of what I think about them.