My Favorite Brushes and Tools

FACE–Liquid/Cream Foundation :: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, $10–Powder Foundation :: It Cosmetics Brushes for Ulta #206, $30–Concealer :: Real Techniques Expert Concealer, $7–Cream Bronzer/Contour :: Real Techniques Contour Fan, $9–Cream Blush :: Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, $8–Cream Highlight :: Real Techniques Highlight & Glow Duo, $11–Powder Bronzer :: ecotools Blending & Bronzing, $10–Powder Blush :: Sonia Kashuk Essential Contour, $9–Powder Highlighter :: Milani Highlighter … Continue reading My Favorite Brushes and Tools

Milani

About–Deliver prestige quality products at afford prices –Fit the need of every skin tone, look, and attitude –Certified cruelty-free by PETA Co-founded by siblings Laurie Minc and Ralph Bijou in 2002 –Available at Ulta and mass retailers Best Product: Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint Underrated Product: Brushes Buy: Lip products Pass: — Improve: Foundation offerings Tried —Highly Rated 10-in-1 Volume Mascara (review) —Screen Queen Foundation (review) … Continue reading Milani

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer

Claims –Full coverage –Weightless –Waterproof –Blurs & brightens –Crease-resistant –Light-reflecting –Smooth, natural, airbrush finish –Highly pigmented –Blends seamlessly –Diffuses pores & fine lines –Conceal dark circles and blemishes Price –$15-34 at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, hourglasscosmetics.com Shade Range –22 full size –12 mini –My Shade: Birch Pros –Vegan –Mini for travel/testing –Don’t need much product –Agree with all claims –Minimal settling –Cruelty free –Full coverage –Easy … Continue reading Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer

Need or Nah? Under Eye Primers

What is it? Primer made specifically for the delicate under eye area What does it do? Hydrates. Creates a smooth canvas for concealer application as well as helps prevent concealer from creasing, caking, and/or settling. Use one if… You’re prone to creasing, want extended wear, and/or don’t want to wear a full face of makeup How to use? Apply a pea size amount (that’s enough … Continue reading Need or Nah? Under Eye Primers

Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

Claims–Full coverage–Natural matte finish–Formulated with built in eye cream for 24 hour moisturization–Smooth and reduce look of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores–Skin looks smoother, plumper, and more youthful–Doesn’t cake or settle into lines–Skin looks hydrated and never dry–12-hour crease proof and waterproof wear–For all skin types Price–$27 at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com–$10 mini at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com Shade Range–35–My Shade :: 8B Porcelain Beige Pros–Ingredients :: hyaluronic acid, … Continue reading Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

Wet n Wild Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer

Claims–All-day wear–Matte–Buildable, medium-to-full coverage–Richly pigmented–Seamlessly blendable–Hydrating ingredients Price–$4.99 at Ulta, Amazon, wetnwildbeauty.com–$3.99 at Target–$3.98 at Wal Mart Shade Range–8 at Target, Ulta, & Amazon–21 on wetnwildbeauty.com & Wal Mart–My Shade: Fair Beige Pros–Affordable–Cruelty free–Easily accessible–Vegan–Ingredients :: shea butter, licorice root extract, mango seed butter–Easy to blend–No creasing–Minimal settling–Worked with other under eye products–Applicator Cons–Not all shades available at all retailers Final Thoughts–Fair Beige was the … Continue reading Wet n Wild Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer

Foundation Friday: Tools

A flawless foundation routine can quite difficult to nail down. Finding the right tone, shade, and formula is hard enough and then you have to factor in base products, tools, powder, etc. All of the aforementioned really determine how well your foundation will perform. I use both brushes and sponges. As a general rule of thumb, brushes provide more coverage while sponges tend to sheer … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Tools

Best Eye & Lip Products $10 & Under

—Colour Pop Super Shock, $6 —LOreal Infallible 24 HR, $6.49 —CoverGirl Liquid Glitter Shadow, $5.40—Revolution Pro Eye Elements Primer, $8 —NYX Glitter Primer, $6.50 —CoverGirl TruNaked Palette, $9.99 —Revlon ColorStay Cream, $8.49 —Makeup Geek Singles, $5.49 —Colour Pop BFF Liquid, $8 —Ulta Cream Eyeshadow & Liner, $8.50 —Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner, $7.79 —Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid, $8.89—Revlon Micro Hyper Precision Pencil, $8.49 —Milani … Continue reading Best Eye & Lip Products $10 & Under

Best Complexion Products $10 & Under

—elf Mineral Infused, $6-10—Catrice Prime & Fine Poreless Blur, $8—Catrice Prime & Fine Aqua Fresh Hydro, $8—Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist, $6 —Maybelline Matte + Poreless, $7.99—Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation + Concealer, $9.99—LA Girl Pro Matte, $8.99—Hard Candy Glamoflauge Full-Cover, $6—Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Liquid, $9.99—Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Powder, $8.99—Revlon ColorStay Normal/Dry, Normal/Oily, $9.99 —LOreal Infallible Full Wear, $9.98—CoverGirl Undercover, $7.99—Moprhe … Continue reading Best Complexion Products $10 & Under