Hello and happy November! Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? Anyways, for the longest time I’ve been searching for quality makeup brushes without having to spend a fortune. The Beauty of Essence brushes were decent for the price I paid, but it wasn’t until I purchased the Real Technique brushes that I’ve finally found my tools of trade:
Real Technique Core Collection – $17.99
My favorites in this set are the Contour brush and Buffing brush. The bristles are soft and dense and make for excellent application. The Detailer brush is quite nice for applying lipstick or concealer.
Beauty Blender – $19.95 There are many variations of this tool, but I have the original one and I love it. I spritz it with a bit of Mac Fix+ and it applies & blends foundation like a charm.
e.l.f Studio Blush Brush – $3
For $3 this brush is pretty incredible. It’s soft, dense, and the contoured angle makes for an easy blush application.
e.l.f Studio Powder Brush – $3
This is definitely my favorite of all the e.l.f brushes. It’s great not only for applying pressed or finishing powder, but the dense fibers also make it great for buffing. And $3!!
e.l.f Essential Eye Shadow Brush – $1
This has been my go-to eye shadow brush for years, until it recently got replaced with the Real Technique ones. But even then, I still think it’s a great brush, especially for someone who just started experimenting with makeup.
Real Technique Starter Kit - $17.99
Again another set of excellent brushes, especially the Deluxe Crease brush and Base Shadow brush. At first I thought the brushes might be a bit big for my eyes, but they turned out to be perfect. The Accent brush is also really great for precision detailing and smudging.
I highly recommend the 2 Real Technique sets, especially when Ulta has a BOGO 50% sale. Between the 2 sets you pretty have all your basic brushes covered. But if you want to keep cost low, then e.l.f would be the way to go.
Hope you enjoyed this mini review! I’d love to hear what your favorite makeup brushes/tools are!
As my search for my HG hair products continues, I figured I would give the legendary Kerastase brand a try. After all, drugstore products weren’t working for me, so maybe you really do get what you pay for? But alas:
With so many people swearing by Nectar Thermique and Elixir Ultime, I had high hopes. But after a using it for a couple weeks, I didn’t get the super soft strands I was promised. Here’s a quick rundown:
Both products had really nice scents. Like, seriously nice scents. +
Neither products were heavy or oily, which is great for fine hair. +
The Elixir Ultime did a good job of calming my flyaway and taming my frizz. +
There are plenty of other products that can accomplish the above 3. –
For a lot less $$$. – — –
So yes, the products were nice, but nothing that blew me away. And with the price I was paying, I was expected nothing less than to be blown away. To make a short story shorter, no, I would NOT repurchase Kerastase products in the future, and my hunt for my HG hair product continues.
One of the first thing that I decided when I got was engaged was “who am I making my bridesmaids?” Once that was decided, I had to figure out “how was I going to ask them?” After some googling, I came across theseamazingboxes and I knew that’s what I wanted to give to my girls:
The outside of my box – inspired by my wedding colors
It’s easy to get cluttered. Our tastes change all the time, so something we used to look forward wearing gets consigned to the bottom of a drawer. Then you start shedding old clothes for recycling like you’re trying to re-clothe the world. Jewellery’s more valuable, so we don’t just throw it out. It’s more personal too; a gift from a loved one, or an heirloom left to us by a deceased family member.
Jewellery needs to be organised, but you can find something of timeless beauty and superlative craftsmanship more easily than you might think. The internet’s opened up a world of independent craftspeople with astounding skill and creativity. For a truly timeless feel, look out for things that have been deliberately aged or ‘distressed’, and you’ll be amazed how they look.
Dissolving in Time
We can’t be stylish by chasing every trend. True style doesn’t mean being of the moment, it means being of every moment. It means being timeless. A mirror’s a great place to start. If you don’t have much space then a simple vanity hand mirror and a small jewellery box will fit the bill. If it’s a folding box that’ll give you a lot of storage in very little space. Everything can be tucked neatly away in a drawer, but easily found when it’s time to make yourself feel special.
If you’ve got room for a mirror on a small table or bedside cupboard, then you can make it a focal point. A mirror with a stylised frame is just asking to have a few pieces you wear regularly hanging from it. If you can find a jewellery box that’s tall, then it’ll take up little surface space whilst providing great storage. If you’ve got room for one either side of a mirror, then you’ll create the feel of a dressing table in much less space.
A Little Corner
So you can be organised, making the most of the space you’ve got without being constrained by it. You can also create a space that’s a little corner of timeless style, a safe haven from the confusion of a pressured world.
Yes, I did just purchase several new beauty products at ULTA not too long ago, but then there’s always new products coming out and I’m constantly rediscovering old products through other beauty blogs, and it’s just a never-ending cycle
I love my nude/natural palettes and I’ve heard great reviews about the quality and color of the Marc Jacobs palette. I like the balance between matte and metallic shades (love my UD Naked, but way too much shimmy shimmer), and bonus points for the sleek case!
2. Maybelline Color Elixir – coming soon
My latest lip obsessions have been lip stains – yes to staying power! – so I was really excited to hear that Maybelline is coming out with one as well. I still adore my L’oreal Color Riche Caresse Lipstains, but I’m always game to trying something new.
I’m completely sold on the Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm, so when I found out this was the original formula with more than 50+ years of history, I knew I wanted this. Besides, my dry cuticles could use some love in this cold weather.
I used to be iffy about lash serums/primers, but after reading the reviews I’m now convinced that my sad short lashes need this baby. Not only is a a lash growth serum, it’s also a primer which supposedly amplifies your mascara by 1000x. Sign me up please!