Monday, August 5, 2013

Essential Brushes!

While people often avoid splurging on makeup brushes, they are key to keeping any look polished and airbrushed! Here are the essential brushes that everyone should have in their makeup bag! Personally, I think Sigma brushes are the best in the business as they are relatively cheap yet high-quality brushes! You can purchase these brushes at
Foundation Brush: ( F 60)  ($16.00) This brush is usually used to apply liquid, cream or mousse foundations on the face. However, it can also be used to apply cream blush as well as to apply concealer in areas needed. The best way to use this brush is to pat in the foundation (rather than to brush or smear the product on the face) in order to get the best coverage, as we all want that highly coveted air-brushed look!

Kabuki Brush: (F 80 or F 82) ($18.00) This brush is so convenient to have in your makeup bag as it easily replaces multiple brushes! It can be used to apply powder foundation, blush, and mineral powder or setting powder. Once again, the best way to use this brush is to pat on the powder in areas needed rather than to brush on or smear the product on the face as this often strips away product.

Eye Shading Brush: (E 55) ($10.00) This brush is ESSENTIAL to apply eye shadow on the lid. The dense bristles on the brush minimize fall-out when applying eye shadow and allows you to pack on product in order to get the best application. Additionally, you can apply eye shadow wet or dry with this brush.

Blending Brush: (E 40) ($12.00) This brush is useful to apply eye shadow into the crease as well as to blend out any harsh lines in order to get a flawless, seamless look. It is also key to any smokey eye! This brush honestly just makes any complex eye tutorial alot easier to achieve.

In my opinion these brushes are essential for anyone when applying makeup. However, you can definitely expand your brush collection after that. The cool thing about Sigma is that they have brush kits starting at $65.00 where you can get 7 brushes!!! Thus the collection kits are great for those who are trying to expand their brush collection in a less expensive manner.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Current Obsession (Lorac Pro Palette)

I decided I wanted a new eye shadow palette for my birthday this year, so I researched this palette and other palettes before deciding which one to buy. I decided to go with the Lorac Pro Palette and this palette was definitely worth buying!!! I love the fact that there are eight matte colors as well as eight shimmer colors. As there is 0.32 oz of each shadow, at $42 you're definitely getting your money's worth.

Additionally, the range of colors ensures that the palette works incredibly for any skin tone. For example, people with darker skin tones can use the lighter eye shadows (white and cream in the matte shades, nude and champagne in the shimmer shades) as a brow highlight and to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

The palette has many warm-toned eye shadows as well as cool-toned eye shadows allowing you to create many beautiful looks. You can build up the intensity of your eye look, which allows for versatile usage and application as the palette can be used for any look whether its dramatic or subtle! Also, the palette includes a sample of 0.17 oz of the Lorac Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer. The mini primer that is included with the palette ensures that the eye look that you have created will last for hours with no creasing!

The packaging of the palette is comparable to that of the packaging of Nars products. The palette is very sleek and travel-friendly and even includes a large mirror as well.

Honestly, what sold it for me was the incredible pigmentation of the matte eye shadows. It can be very hard to find palettes that have such a large range of high- quality matte colors at such a reasonable price.

So if your looking for a new eye shadow palette, I highly recommend the Lorac Pro Palette to everyone! It retails for $42 and can be found on the Lorac website, Sephora website, and Ulta website. Let me know what you think :)