Month: December 2013

Brush: Sigma F80

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Another great brush from Sigma!

Although the Beauty Blender is the ultimate tool for applying liquid foundation in my eyes, getting it damp and cleansing it after each use is not practical for my every day routine.

The F80 provides even foundation coverage without the hassle of daily washing.

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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The first time I used this mascara I was not a fan.

When I finally revisited it I fell in love.  After being stuck on Maybelline Falsies for years, I have finally found some new mascaras that can tear me away from Falsies.

They’re Real seriously creates fake looking lashes and with just one mascara I get the volume and length I want. It may take a few coats, but just one mascara gets the job done when usually I have to combine at least two.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish

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When I need a super quick way to set my liquid foundation I turn to this pressed powder.  It gives a natural finish, but it only provides light coverage.

If I am doing my full face routine I will instead use the BareMinerals Foundation, but when I am going for even more coverage I will use the Mineralize Skinfinish over BareMinerals.

Unless you have perfect skin and are looking for light coverage, this product is not the ideal mineral foundation.

Lorac Pro Palette

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I am so happy I decided to invest in this palette.

Some of the colors do not have great pigmentation.  But, some shades like Gold and Taupe have amazing color pay off.

Having half of the palette be devoted to matte shades makes it incredibly more useful that a lot of other palettes that are dominated by shimmer.

Espresso, Black and Sable are all great for creating darker smokey looks.  Nude is a great brow highlight shade and Taupe can act as a transition shade much like Mac’s Soft Brown.

Overall, this palette is a solid investment and you can get a lot of different uses out of it.

Kardashain Beauty En-Joystick

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The Kardashian makeup line has not gotten as much attention as I thought it would.  The products are priced in the drugstore range and aren’t sold in high end retailers.

However, I was impressed by this En-Joystick in Babydoll.  A beautiful baby pink with a vanilla scent goes on smooth and provides a fairly opaque wash of color to the lips with a hint of moisture.

Smokey Eye with Color

Even though winter is already upon us, this smokey eye is still cold weather appropriate.

The deep wine lid color is a hot trend this season.  The orange shades used on the crease are suprisingly wearable and I find myself incorporating Mac’s Rule and Red Brick into a lot of my eye shadow looks now.  They act the same as light brown crease shades, but are a bit brighter and I find that they make eye color pop a little more.

Try this look out if you’re tired of using the same browns, greys and blacks to create a dramatic eye.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty

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I could rave about all the Lush products, but so far this mask is my favorite.

I started using Lush’s fresh masks a while back (Oat-a-fix is great), but the limiting 2 week expiration date left me wanting more.  They all gave great results when I used them at night. I would always awake to refreshed, clearer skin. But, the Mask of Magnaminty is a step above.

This minty, magical potion feels cool, tingly and refreshing while it perfects your pores.  It smells amazingly minty and when you wash it off after 10 minutes, healthier, glowing, softer skin is revealed. None of the fresh masks delivered as dramatic results for me and it is way more convenient to have a mask with a longer shelf life.

Brush: Sigma E40

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This brush is perfect for applying a neutral crease color and blending out smokey eyes.  With a super fluffy head, this brush gives a light and subtle wash of color to the entire crease.

I like to use mine with Mac’s Soft Brown eye shadow, which creates the perfect transition shade for any type of warm smokey eye look.

It doesn’t shed and has retained its shape through several washes; so for me, this brush is a must.

Anastasia Brow Gel

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My love for the Anastasia Brow Wiz is well-known so when I was looking for a brow gel to try, Anastasia was the obvious choice.

I chose the Clear Brow Gel, but they offer gels in the same tints as their Brow Wiz and other eyebrow products.

After using the Brow Wiz (in shade Ash Blonde) I now use the Clear Brow Gel.  It can make brows feel a little stiff and crunchy if you put on too heavy of a layer.  I recommend using as light a hand as possible to apply the gel.  Just a little goes a long way and completely keeps brows in place.