Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MAC Waterproof Brow Set in Red Chestnut for Quick Root Touch-Up

So apparently the hair color I've been using lately isn't the best at covering gray! It's the L'Oreal Preference Mousse Absolue in Light Auburn - I really enjoy the application, but the last go-around I was left with a fair amount of visible gray and white at the front on my face where it's the most noticeable. It gives the illusion of my forehead being even bigger than it already is, which is hard to imagine. ;)

So the other day I thought, hey I've got this waterproof brow set from MAC that's in a reddish warm shade (Red Chestnut), why not try it on the roots! I know the regular non-waterproof brow set even mentions using it on lashes and facial hair, so thought let's try out the waterproof one. It's a little more dry and with the claim of being waterproof, thought it might not slide around on my head once it set.

Here's a little before and after. For me, it really makes quite a difference to just get those white hairs covered at my widow's peak and temples! Especially since the hair that is dyed is much warmer, so everything looks a little more evened out. I colored only a couple weeks ago, so this is a nice way to hold off for a few more weeks before I need to bust out the dye again. It lasts well but does add some stiffness to the hair (it doesn't have super strong hold though), doesn't smear or transfer in any noticeable way (though if you used a lot, it may be a different story).

What's your favorite quick fix for visible roots? Or any clever uses of a brow set? Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette in Dreamy

Tarina Tarantino has one of my favorite eye shadow textures in her Jewel palettes. They left Sephora and I picked up a few then to add to what I already had. Gorgeous! They are sold now through her site and beauty.com and I would highly recommend checking them out!

Today I have Dreamy, it has my favorite copper in my collection. It doesn't go too bright orange on me which is impressive. Most things pull extremely warm on my skin tone.

The deepest shade works well as liner and very little of the sparkle shows, I have not had issues with glittery fallout used that way either.

The taupe is a lovely cooler tone to balance out the warmer shades, and I like the combination on the cream and gold highlight colors. It is all shimmery to an extent but not to the point of being metallic and difficult to use in the crease.

Have you tried any shadows from Tarina Tarantino? What's your favorite? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berry and Bright Sheer Lip Colors

Thought I'd share a few deeper bright lip colors I've been using lately since I picked up the Sephora 2014 Give Me More Lip kit. I was wearing the Tarte Power Pigment pencil in Flush today and thought it looked similar to my beloved Jordana Twist & Shine stain in Cranberry Crush, figured I'd do a couple swatches and try to actually get a blog post up for the first time in months!

The Tarte Flush pencil is the most pigmented with the rest in decreasing levels of pigment left to right in my swatch, it's a little more bright pink compared to the other more berry shades.
I've reviewed the Jordana balm stain on my YouTube channel, I love the color but it doesn't really stain.

The Tarte LipSurgence pencil in Moody is more a wine/brownish color which is fairly unique to my collection, I look forward to playing with it more!

The Fresh Berry lip balm can be built up to a rather deep lip, but it's very slippery and slides around quite a lot. My face gets bumped around taking care of the baby during the day, so we're both likely to have it all over our faces by the end the day. 

Let me know what your favorite sheer berry lips are, it's always an easy option this time of year! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee Lipstick in Julianne's Nude - Thoughts, Look, Comparison Swatches

L'Oreal Colour Riche Privee in Julianne's Nude on my lips

I was in Walgreens with the baby the other day, picking up a prescription (my monthly excuse to check out drugstore makeup) as you do. I saw a display with Julianne Moore and nude lipsticks so I stopped to check it out. Julianne is pale and freckled like myself, so I was intrigued. The promotional picture indicates her lipstick is going to be a peachy type shade. I beg to differ! 

I've been enjoying wearing it the past few days, it's a somewhat sheer cream pink nude/My Lips But Better type shade. It can be built up for mostly opaque color and it doesn't look streaky or patchy. It's a comfortable formula, not too drying for my always-parched lips. It's been wearing well over my new Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and fades evenly leaving a hint of color on the lips after a few hours if eating/drinking. 

MAC Syrup (lustre), L'Oreal Privee Julianne's Nude, Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Embrace (LE), L'Oreal Colour Riche Fairest Nude, Rimmel Lasting Finish Airy Fairy

I was wondering if it was at all close to my existing stash of nude/MLBB shades, so I pulled out my most used lipsticks and did some swatches. I didn't include things like my L'Oreal Balm or Caresse colors, but the shades I have are all sort of in the Fairest Nude color family anyway.

MAC Syrup, L'Oreal Julianne's Nude (Airy Fairy in a small swatch beneath it), Maybelline Nude Embrace, L'Oreal Fairest Nude, Rimmel Airy Fairy

The closest of what I have is definitely Rimmel's Airy Fairy, but they're fairly different in formula and finish. Airy Fairy has more opaque color with a golden sheen. MAC's Syrup is a similar texture but more pink/rosy and a bit darker, Maybelline Nude Embrace has cooler mauve tones, L'Oreal Fairest Nude has more brown tones and less pink.

I think I have a review/thoughts type post coming up with the limited edition shade included here from Maybelline - Nude Embrace. It's the cool toned version of MLBB, sort of a dusky mauve pink. It's harder to wear, the formula is a bit thicker (and definitely more opaque) and will highlight any major lip lines if worn without gloss over top. Julianne's Nude is like the pink warm version of MLBB for me - when I have more blood flowing in my face. Much easier to wear formula-wise and I feel somewhat confident I can slap some on without a mirror and not make too much of a mess. Definitely glad I picked this one up!

What's your favorite nude/MLBB and your skintone? Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maybelline EyeStudio Quad in Legendary Lilac Swatches, Review, Look

As you might know, my favorite color is purple. I realized this back some years ago when I looked in my closet and realized how much I have is purple. Unfortunately, purple seems a difficult color to do in makeup. Even brands known for their pigmentation in liners, such as Urban Decay, often have lackluster purples. Shadows are a little better in general, but still it's pretty common for lousy color payoff.

I looked at the swatches on Temptalia here for this palette which were not great, but I loved the colors and since I'm so fair I figured the lighter colors would still work okay for me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Laura Mericer Foundation Primer Thoughts/Review

I've had this foundation primer from Laura Mercier for a while, I believe it came with the kit I received from Nordstrom holiday 2012. I am not sure if I ever even tried it! I have the mattifying Secret Finish primer from Laura Mercier to help with oil but it never made any difference for me. Now that my skin is much less oily (seemed to have been related to my pregnancy, not sure) I've been having issues with my current foundations looking dull and dry.

The consistency is sort of a gel like lotion, it doesn't have the silicone slippery feel something like Smashbox Photo Finish primer has. It will slide off your hand though with a wet trail behind it, so it's a little slippery which is what makes me think of a more gel-cream consistency. It has a scent that sort of reminds me of sunscreen and applied it's almost like a light moisturizer, the scent doesn't stick around long. 

I've really enjoyed the finish this has been giving me. In general, I've never found primers to be useful no matter how many I keep trying. They never help with foundation longevity for me or oil control. Now that my needs are a little different, I was pleasantly surprised to find this actually helped foundation not look so dull on my skin. I've worn it with CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in 805 Ivory and Revlon Colorstay Combo Oily in 110 Ivory - both mixed with Illamasqua Skin Base in White to lighten. 

Since these foundations are long wearing formulas that are more matte, with less oil on my face they aren't sitting so well, especially in my drier areas such as my cheeks and upper forehead. While it doesn't help the foundation last on my nose, chin and lower forehead - it does help my skin look fresher. It has a little more of a dewy finish instead of a flat matte finish. Overall I've been very pleased! I am looking to buy a new foundation that's a better formula for my current skin situation, I'm not sure if I'd still like this with a less dry foundation. But for now, it really is making using what I have more enjoyable to use!

What's your favorite primer? Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Small Duo Fiber Brushes - MAC, e.l.f., Real Techniques - Comparison and Thoughts

A while back, I decided I absolutely needed the MAC 188 small duo fiber brush. I'm not sure now what brought it about, but probably something seen on Youtube. It's expensive ($35), as MAC brushes are, though not outlandish compared to some brushes (the most expensive single brush I own though). It has long synthetic bristles that are super soft and shorter black goat hair bristles. It's marketed as useful for application and blending of basically.. anything. I find it too floppy to do much of those, I mainly use it for applying things I want a light hand with - super shimmery highlighters or strongly pigmented blushes. I've had a little success applying Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with this, I got a sample of it recently because I'd heard the Alabaster shade was very pale. Doesn't quite work for me, but I was able to use the MAC 188 to apply it. It's a very thin and sheer consistency so it didn't need much blending power to make it work.

I think part of the allure of these brushes is their look, there's something seemingly elegant or special about them. Well, to me, at least. So it's no surprise I have more than one in this category of small duo fiber brushes. I bought the Real Techniques kit that came with a large rounded duo fiber Powder Brush, this smaller one labeled as a Contour Brush and a blending Eye Brush - all for $20 but I bought with some sort of discount, likely a 20% off coupon. The white synthetic bristles are a lot less soft/more firm and if you dip straight into a powder product it's pretty likely to stab out a lot of product. These also have fairly long bristles, I don't find it the best for blending anything that is tricky to blend. If you can pick up product with the brush without making a mess, it does work well for applying a rather subtle contour to your cheeks.

If you couldn't tell, I'm actually comparing both of the former brushes to this one - the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush. It fills a gap in my collection that's been lacking for some time. I have some cream blushes that I rarely use because I don't have a good way of applying them. They're a little thick, sticky or dry and stuff - not easily blended using fingers. Using a synthetic buffing type of brush usually gives either too much product or smears everything when trying to blend. The e.l.f. brush has much shorter synthetic white bristles and overall is a much firmer brush. I had seen Emily from Beauty Broadcast (emilynoel83 on YouTube) use this brush for cream blush for ages, but I could never justify an order online just to get this brush. They do offer good codes regularly but require spending at least $15 to take advantage and I'm trying to avoid buying makeup for the sake of getting a good deal on it so I can get one item I want. So! I noticed they were stocking this brush at my local Target, finally picked it up a few weeks ago. 

I've been so pleased with how it performs with cream blushes. I've been using cream blushes almost every day since I got it! A couple that I'd been avoiding: NYX Cream blush in Boho Chic and NYX Stick Blush in Orchid. The cream blush is just thick and sticky, the stick blush is rather dry and stiff. I can take a few dabs into the cream blush and blend it out easily on to my cheeks. Several firm swirls on to the stick blush pulls enough product to apply to my cheeks and not take off the foundation underneath.

All three brushes have their uses, but I feel like the e.l.f. brush is such a great value at $3, especially if it helps you use products that are otherwise neglected because of difficulty in applying.

An honorable mention that doesn't quite slot into the small duo fiber brushes is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I've had some success applying liquid foundation with it when no other buffing brush has worked for me in over a year (foundation settling into pores, etc). It's like a bigger, denser version of the e.l.f. Small Stippling Brush but is still moderately sized and can get around my nose without too much trouble.

Have you tried any of these? How do you use them? Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear cream shadow in Pink Pearl Swatches, Look, Review (discontinued)

My favorite texture and application for a cream shadow by far, I picked up this cream shadow at a CCO on a whim. It's thin and has a lovely slip, similar to MAC Paint Pots. The color may get a little lost on my skin tone but I imagine it would be quite brightening on a deeper skin. It does appear to be discontinued, but is available for a good price at All Cosmetics Wholesale (which is a reputable site to buy discontinued and discounted high end makeup).

It doesn't crease or fade during the day (over primer). It doesn't apply with a metallic finish (which can be harder to wear unless you have very smooth lids) so it's quite easy to slap on and go.

Here's a look I did, very basic and good for just about any situation (work, school, grocery shopping, staring at the wall) using Pink Pearl as the main eye product.

Sorry about the blurry face, guys. Not sure what all happened there, must have lost some quality in editing. But rest assured, the makeup I'm wearing doesn't magically do this. I used a light amount of Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued, any of your favorite crease colors will do!) in the crease. Foundation Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten in Porcelain over OCC Concealer in Y0. Lips are MAC lipstick in Syrup (Lustre), lashes have CK One mascara.
Let me know if you've tried this out and what you thought! Do you have any other favorites from the old Estee Lauder Double Wear cream shadows?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Laura Geller Baby Cakes Eye Palette Review and Swatches

I picked up this eye palette I believe when ULTA first started carrying Laura Geller. The sparkles must have blinded me because if I were to swatch it again now, I would definitely keep walking. Swatched dry, the shadows are very weak. The only shade that isn't almost pure sparkle is the coppery shadow in the top left. This product appears to not be sold at most retailers anymore, but is available at Macy's and Dermstore when I did a quick check.

As you can see in the palette, there's a whole mess of sparkles everywhere too. The colors are gorgeous but you need something seriously sticky for them to hold on to and apply the color wet. All but the coppery shade are almost all sparkles, you can see the chunks in the swatches.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buying Beauty Products for Silly Reasons

I'll admit I'm suckered into buying certain beauty products due to a completely silly reason, a connection with space. I have a real love for science, technology, astronomy and science fiction. I have acquired several starry sky type eye and nail colors, and when the name is space related too I can't resist!

  • Sinful Colors in Secret Admirer
  • Sonia Kashuk nail color in Starry Night
  • Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in Orbit (double space reference!)
  • ULTA Extreme Wear Whipped Eye Shadow in Whipped Stardust 

My Collection: Taupe Liners and Cream Shadows (part 2 of 2)

Apologize for the delay getting this liner post up, the previous post in this series covered my taupe shadows and highlighted my favorites. I also made a video covering my favorites here!

First up, my drugstore taupes! The LA Splash Hydro Liquid in Duality is a metallic warm taupe. I find it does not budge or crease if I apply a thin, even layer over the lids (over primer of course!). The CoverGirl Flamed Out pencil in Melted Caramel was bought before my makeup collection was unpacked and possibly during the newborn time during my monthly visit to Walgreens. It has a strange cooling sensation; doesn't have the best pigment or lasting power, I wouldn't recommend it.

Rimmel Taupe, CovereGirl Melted Caramel, LA Splash Duality

Lastly, a definitely favorite is the Rimmel ScandalEyes Kajal in Taupe. Also random note, Jennifer Wan on youtube (channel fashionismycrush, one of my all-time favorites) recently railed on the pronunciation of kajal and I fear I've been saying it wrong too, haha. KA-jul, not ka-JAL! Anyway! Taupe is a lovely cream liner with excellent staying power, I like to use it at my lower lash line for a softer definition than black or dark brown liner, I have a post about it here.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

FOTD Physicians Formula Nude, Maybelline LE Nude Embrace lipstick

Hi there! So I've been rather neglectful of the blog of late, I decided I'd do more quick posts using pictures from my much improved new camera on my phone. Some might be from Instagram but with more information, or fast posts of reviews/swatches/what have you.

Here I'm wearing CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Ivory 805 mixed with Illamasqua Skin Base in White. I also used the Guerlain Meteorites deluxe sample primer I got with the Precious Lights kit back ages ago. Now that my skin is less oily, thought I'd see if it was at all exciting since everyone is in love with the Les Ors Meteorites primer from Guerlain. Used twice, so far no excitement from me. We'll see!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Collection: Taupe Shadows (part 1 of 2)

So taupe is sort of a nebulous color, it can be many things to many people. And there's the endless variations of plum taupe, pink taupe, gray taupe, brown taupe. Oh my! I'm going to split this up for shadows and liners/cream shadows so this post isn't 20 pages long. I have a fair amount of products that we might consider taupe so I thought I'd share them with you. I have a video showing a selection of shadows and liners and how they actually apply on skin - check that out here! I do have a few more that I forgot to include unfortunately. Nothing that was a favorite, obviously. But my Laura Mercier small palette has Topaz and theBalm Nude 'Tude shade in Selfish are both firmly in the taupe category. See part 2 of this collection with my taupe liners and cream shadows!

First off, here are my shadows. I have three really nice drugstore shadows and three high end that I actually like a little less than the budget options!

From left: Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower (shimmer), Wet 'N Wild Silent Treatment, Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty

The Jane shadow in Passionflower is one of the best (if not the best) formulas I've used. It's easy to get on your brush, packs a bunch of pigment, buttery smooth, you name it. The color is very interesting, sort of a plum taupe with a warm undertone.

Wet 'N Wild's Silent Treatment trio has long been a beauty blogger favorite, but I had waffled over buying it for quite a while. Convinced myself it was too similar to things I had, that the crease color was darker than what I'd normally reach for, that kind of thing. But my friend Kristy coaxed me into it, what can I say! Definitely worth it, and I had a $1 off coupon! Love. The eyelid shade is a cooler, lighter purple gray taupe. Not quite as amazing of a formula, but still lovely to use.

Last up, another blogger favorite - Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty. I went on a bit of a spree depotting shadows for my MAC palette, so despite this having the smallest packaging ever, it's now living in that palette. The texture of this shadow is comparable to the Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower. Applies beautifully! Not quite as dense when picked up with a brush, but that's if I'm being picky.

Left to right: Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower (shimmer), Wet 'N Wild Silent Treatment (eyelid), Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty

Friday, January 17, 2014

Face of the Day: Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

So like most everyone else, I went a little crazy with the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains back when they were released. I bought Charm, Rendezvous and Honey. I slapped together a quick post about Charm here when I first used it for a full day. The lip color is a peach but the stain is bright pinky coral. Rendezvous has a similar effect, maybe less noticeably pink but it's closer to the actual product.

Honey, what I'm wearing here, is way darker than I'd expect from the tube. It's pretty, but sure is different than what you might expect! I like the texture of these balms though, they're very comfortable to wear and somewhat moisturizing. But I really don't like that everything (I've tried that are quite different shades) leaves the same hot pink stain. It's not the greatest color on my skin tone and it seems a little cheap. I would definitely buy more if I thought I could get a stain the same color as the initial color!

Have you tried them? Were your lips hot pink for a day? Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Beauty Favorites from 2013 and as a New Mom, Swatches and a Few Extras!

I found a decent spot to record a video for these favorites when we had some good sunlight this weekend, but realized after the fact I'd forgotten a few products and I hadn't really shown anything for swatches. I thought I'd do a post with some more details, the missing items and some swatches!

I'll start off with the items I forgot to include in the video.

L'Oreal Kids Tangle Tamer in Sweet Pear 
Now that my hair is a little longer, it will tangle when sleeping on it overnight. I picked up this a while back but only started using it heavily toward the end of this year. The scent is very similar to actual pear and I find very pleasant! It's not heavy (I have a fairly oily scalp) and I can spritz on about 4 pumps, brush it out and it'll take down the static a bit and smooth out the tangles and you'd never know I sprayed any sort of conditioning product in it otherwise. Less than $5, sounds good to me!

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
I keep meaning to do a post or video about this but haven't gotten to it. As you might be able to see from the picture, this is an empty container. I repurchased it during the 20% off sale with Sephora this past November. It's a medium hard balm that melts into an oil when you apply it to your skin. I like oils for cleansing, but since I take off my makeup in the shower it's logistically a pain in the rear. Needing dry hands and face and not spilling oil all over the place, yeah. Not good. So I heard about this cleansing balm from Ruth Crilly at A Model Recommends and it sounded right up my alley. I often only use it on my eye makeup, but if I wore foundation or concealer during the day I will use it on my entire face. It ideally should be applied to dry skin with dry hands, but I've found it works almost as well with wet hands/skin so I don't bother with keeping them dry. If you get much water in the pot though, it does soften/break down a touch on the surface layer. Removes waterproof liner really well, but would caution if you really go to town and rub it into your eyes, it'll leave that hazy film oils give over your eyes and it makes my water for an hour or so after.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Favorite Eye Brushes - Sonia Kashuk, MAC, Sigma and more

While contemplating my favorites in the beauty arena for the year or season, I realized I felt pretty strongly about brushes. I thought I'd share my favorite eye brushes in a few groupings and why I like them. A note on the Sigma brushes, I don't love all of the ones I have, but the ones mentioned here work well and wash up beautifully (they look how I want my hair to look, shiny and easily smoothed into shape).

Shader Brushes

I use this to pack on a bunch of shadow to my lids, primarily. If I'm being quick/lazy, the thicker shader brushes I'll flip and use for blending. They all grab a lot of shadow at once so you can pile it on easily.
  • Sigma E55 - can use to blend as well
  • Sigma E60 - thinner but can cover a large area at once
  • MAC 239 - smaller and applies color well but I wouldn't say it's strictly necessary for the price
  • e.l.f. Eyeshadow "C" brush - this sucker grabs a ton of shadow and is very thick and dense which can make it a little hard to spot clean but also works for blending 
Large Fluffy Blending Brushes

Now my eye space isn't such that I can use these all that often for applying color since these are all pretty big, but I can if I make sure to only get a small amount of shadow on the tip of the brush. Otherwise, I use them for general blending at the crease up into my brow bone. I just realized that 3 of the 4 are Sonia Kashuk brushes! Two, unfortunately, are not available anymore. However! the one that is available is very lovely (and quite similar to one of the limited edition brushes).
  • Sonia Kashuk from a set bought a couple years ago, see brush below for comparable replacement
  • Sonia Kashuk Core Tools No. 109 Pointed Blending Brush - soft, fluffy and with enough of a point I can use it in the crease if I'm careful - and what a steal at only $3.99!
  • Sigma E35 - smaller than a MAC 224 / Sigma E40 (which I find just too big and not that great of bristles) it's not too floppy or dense - it does not wash up as well as the other brushes though and has tended to splay out a bit
  • Sonia Kashuk Small Multipurpose Powder Brush (discontinued, boohoo) - I use this often for setting powder under my eye because it's so soft but I can use it clean for blending out the edge of the crease 
Crease/Blending Brushes

I use these brushes more for applying color and blending the crease. All but the small tapered blending brush (E45) I will often use to do all parts of my eye look from applying lid color to crease and brow bone.

  • Sigma E70 - this is another brush that really cleans up beautifully, it's just the right amount of fluff to work in the crease and blending edges but I can flip it over and use it more like a shader brush as well
  • Sigma E25 - the MAC 217 dupe, I honestly can't tell the difference between this and the MAC version - same softness, shape, fluff, etc - regardless I like them both
  • MAC 217 - I've had this for a while to compare to the Sigma version, I've been a little disappointed with how it's washed up and it really needs something to shape the bristles while it dries or they tend to splay out all over the place
  • Sigma E45 - a rounded ferrule shape (as opposed to the pinched of the three above), it has a nice point with some fluff to apply a small amount of shadow and blend in the same motion
Detail/Smudge/Miscellaneous Brushes

I wear liner or cream shadow most days and often like to smudge it out. Sometimes I use my fingers, but I do like the more even controllable result of using a good brush. I have several of these small detail brushes which I use for either lip brushes or applying shadow precisely to my inner corner. Lastly, a big chunky brush from Sigma that I felt worth mentioning because again it's a really nice quality brush.

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Blending Brush - picked this up on a bit of a whim while looking for something softer to use for applying shadow on my very sensitive lower lash line, found it's very nice for blending cream shadows (as I think was the design) up into the crease and smoothing out any patchiness
  • Sigma E21 - came in the Performance Eyes kit but now available separately, it's very nice for smudging out liner on the lash line in a more precise manner
  • e.l.f. Small Precision Brush - I've used this as a lip brush lately, but it works well for doing detail application around the inner corner when I don't want a giant highlight
  • CVS or Target detail brush - not sure where I got this one, there are a few places that sell similar small synthetic detail brushes which serve the same purpose as the e.l.f. brush for small price
  • Sigma E50 - this didn't really fit into any of the categories but can be used for applying color at the brow bone, blending at the brow bone, applying highlight on the face, etc. 
Brow Brushes

I apply some sort of brow product every day I wear makeup, using pencils when I'm feeling lazy and powder when I'm not. I waffle over what my favorite brow brush is, but have found it's always one of these two.
  • ULTA Professional Eyebrow Brush - this is slightly fluffy but not as thick or firm as the Smashbox brush, applies a fairly soft but precise brow
  • Smashbox #12 brow brush - applies a little more opaque brow color, I bought this due to raves from Melanie - mrkongsmom on YouTube and it really works well for me
So that about wraps it up! This took a little longer than I was anticipating, but I did want to share some thoughts on each brush in the grouping. I may get to posting a face brush favorite but I think there are less standouts in that category for me currently.

What are your favorites? Have you tried any of mine? Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!