Apr 232012

I purchased this cool set of brushes from Target a couple of weeks ago.  I love the color and design on the handles.  The packaging imediately caught my attention. I have to admit that I absolutely don’t NEED more brushes, however, these were limited…so that makes it okay…right? LOL! :-)  Honestly I mainly wanted the multi-purpose blending brush. I’ve seen this brush in other Sonia Kashuk sets however I’ve never seen it sold individually.  This was another reason I used to justify me getting this particular brush set. Here it is below next to the MAC #224 Brush.  The handle is shorter but the actual brush is larger.  The bristles are fuller, wider and more rounded than the #224.  The Sonia Kashuk Multi-Purpose Blending Brush is also more tapered so it has a more defined point to it than the MAC #224.

Interestingly the Sonia Kashuk Mulit-Purpose Blending Brush is a bit softer than my MAC #224 brush.  Not sure if it’s because it’s brand new though. Here I have it next to the Crown Brush C412 Brush.  This was the brush I talked about in this post that was a dupe for the MAC #224 brush.

You can see that the Sonia Kashuk Mulit-Purpose Blending Brush is more similar to the Crown Brush C412 than the MAC 224 based on it’s shape.

It’s still bigger than the Crown Brush C412 though and it’s tapered to a finer point.   This means that I didn’t duplicate the other blending brushes that I own.  Score!!


Stay tuned for part 2 of my review of this brush set.

Aug 202011
These are the products I used to create my look
These are before and after looks (well almost finished without the lashes)
I started off with M.A.C. Prep and Prime Skin.  If possible, I’d recommend you using a primer before your make-up.  It really makes a difference in your application and it helps it last throughout the day.  Depending on which one you use, primer may or may not help with oiliness, it may help with color correcting, it may have SPF.  There are many out there on the market.  
 Prep and Prime Skin is geared towards reducing the appearance of pores, redness, fine lines/wrinkles, and it’s supposed to help control the sebaceous gland which is what produces oil.  It doesn’t control it enough for me to use it alone, but I can say I can see a difference when I wear it from when I don’t wear anything at all.  I definitely have to re-apply more often if I don’t wear anything.  
You should think of primer with make-up the same way you would when painting.  If you had to paint a car or a wall, you’d prime it first right?  Well it’s the same with your make-up.  Think of your face as the canvas you’re painting.  
I added my Cover Girl Foundation to my palette.  I don’t like wasting product so I love palettes.  This still ended up being too much.  That foundation does really well and it was under $5 at Kroger’s Grocery Store.  It’s just the regular Cover Girl Clean foundation for Oily skin, of course.  I used one of my favorite face brushes, the Elf flat powder brush. (LOL! my baby girl getting in the picture at the last minute.  She’s so nosey. Ha ha! :D)
First I had to work with my brows. They’re really thick so I’m using M.A.C. Girl/Boy Brow Set.  It does a great job of holding my brows in place and adding color.  
My brows really need to be done.  I’m using my Black Opal Stick as a concealer to help clean them up. 
I added Urban Decay Primer Potion 
Then NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (Yay! I FINALLY got this.  It was at H.E.B Grocery Store for $3.49.  They seemed to always be sold out of this pencil when I would go look for it.  They only had 4, I should’ve bought two, but since this was my 1st time using it, I decided to just get one.)
I used my #239 brush to add Junkshow to the middle of my lid
I added Tainted to the inner lid and the inner lower lash line
I added Omen to my Inner Crease
Then Evidence to my outer crease.  I also put this color on my outer lower lash line using my Coastal Scents pointed crease brush.  It’s amazing for adding shadows/pigments to the lash line.  It’s very precise but soft.  I like using this way way more than the M.A.C. #219 which is bigger and can be a bit scratchy sometimes.  

Next was Flow as my Brow Highlight with my new limited edition blending brush #234.
Of course blend, blend, blend.  I used my Sonya Kashuk blending brush for this.  I used this brush instead of the #224 because it’s smaller.  I didn’t want to take away the boldness, just blend them together. 
Deep ended was added to the middle of my lower lash line 
This is Vanilla.  I put it in my tear duct area
Then I used my new UD 24/7 black liquid liner in Perversion.  After using this liner for a couple of weeks, my opinion of it has changed a bit.  I love the long lasting effects and the shine, but I’m not very fond of the applicator.  If it would’ve been a long thin sponge like M.A.C. Superslick or Elf’s liquid pen liner, it would’ve been perfect.  The fact that it’s a short brush makes it a bit more challenging to get a pretty& straight line. :-(  I think the next time I use it, I’ll just try to pour some out and use an eye liner brush.
The best mascara I’ve ever used is Lancome’s Oscillating Mascara.  It’s also the most expensive I’ve ever used. LOL! I think it retails for $36.  I never paid that much for it. ( I can’t ever imagine spending that much on mascara. ) I bought it when I still had my employee discount at Dillard’s.  Even then, I waited until we had our extra discount and stocked up. (I did the same with Dior Extase) When I worked at Macy’s, either I’d wait until we had our extra discount or wait until Lancome had GWP. Even though it’s hands down the best mascara I’ve ever used, I don’t think ANY mascara is worth almost $40 w/tax.
Can you believe I got these lashes with just one coat? Guess that’s a con of leaving the department store. :-(  I would’ve been fine without adding lashes, I just figured since it was a bold look, I might as well go all the way out.  I’m probably one of the few MUAs who actually prefer natural lashes over false ones.  I  love good mascara.  However, I totally understand that falsies take your look to the next level.  As usual it always comes down to personal preference.  I’ll admit though,  it does take me a lot longer to use mascara to get my desired look (except for the Oscillating Mascara) than it would for me to just pop on some falsies.  So I guess, time frame and preference is key. 
For concealer I still used my Black Opal Foundation stick. The color is Heavenly Honey.  I used my Sonya Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush, which is my fave for under eye concealer.
My cheek highlight Elf Candid Coral, My Contour Cover Girl Queen Collection in Ebony Bronze, My blush & bronzer Nicka K Bonze/Chocolate
Ha ha! Note to self, don’t move the brush while trying to take a picture. LOL! :-) I used my Coastal Scents Angled brush from the Jubilee brush set for all of these products
I also contoured my nose with the Cover Girl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Bronzer.  This powder is phenomenal!!!   I highlighted my nose with Elf Candid Coral Blush.  I used my Coastal Scents Deluxe blending brush.  I love this brush.  It’s made for the eyes but I use it for highlighting, contouring, and for setting powder under my eyes over my concealer.
For my lips, I kept it light.  No liner. I used my beauty supply Ruby Kisses lipstick in Shiny Nude and Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Sunset Peach (also purchased at Kroger’s).  This lipstick is really, really nice! It’s very pigmented and lasts for hours.  I’m so shocked that it only cost $1.99.  Shocked and pleased, I must say.  Go check out Ruby Kisses.  They’re highly underestimated.  I need to mention that I truly HATE this applicator on the gloss.  Why would they ruin this great gloss with this weird sponge tip.  Do you see it?  It’s almost as if it’s been squeezed in the middle.  Who does that?  It doesn’t pick up a lot of the gloss so you have to keep putting it back in to get a good payoff.  On a good note, for this look, I didn’t want my lips to look overly glossy, however if I wanted to wear it buy itself, it would take a while to get the color to show.  Boo! :-( For this reason, I will not be buying anymore Colorburst glosses.  Ughhh!  
This is the lipstick before I put on the gloss.  Isn’t it pretty?  I can’t even think of another color that I have like this.  I need to go back and get another one for my kit.  It feels really good too.  It’s creamy, but not really glossy.  I forgot to take a picture of me putting it on, I guess you get the idea though. ;-)

Revlon Colorburst  Lipgloss in Sunset Peach
I only placed the gloss in the middle.  Maybe 4 little dots of it at the most was used.
I added M.A.C. Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder all over, I just forgot to take a picture. This is the almost finished look before falsies.

I added Ardell #105 lashes.  I purchased these from Kroger’s Grocery store for less than $3.  Who would’ve thought that my favorite places to buy cosmetics would be grocery stores. Ha ha! :D

Finished look

Close up of the eye

Jul 162011

 I just wanted to reiterate how much I absolutely LOVE this brush.  I purchased the Sonya Kashuk Pointed Foundation brush last month with my Target Haul.  It’s fantastic!!  This is my favorite concealer brush right now.  Previously, my favorite “go-to” brush for concealer was my Elf Angled Contour brush.  See below

I bought 3 of these.  I love this brush that much.  Ha ha! Plus, it’s only $3.

While I still love this brush, it doesn’t compare to the Sonya Kashuk’s brush.  I only use the Elf Angled Contour Brush for concealer under my eyes, which it actually isn’t made for.  You’re supposed to use it for shadow, but it just seems too big for applying/blending eye shadow in my opinion.  The pointed foundation brush on the other hand, is great not only for blending under eye concealer, but spot concealing on the face as well as blending liquid and cream foundations.  I highly recommend this brush!  I’ll be purchasing a couple more soon.  One for my kit, and one as a backup. :-)

*The picture of the Elf Angled Contour Brush was taken from the ELF website 

Jun 112011
You ever get the feeling that it’s just not possible to go into Target and just come out with one or two things?  Well this is what happened to me yesterday.  I went in for paper towel and toilet tissue, somehow I walked out with those things plus all of the items below.  The majority of this Haul is Elf, there are some Sonya Kashuk brushes as well as Neutrogena, and Loreal products as well.  I’ll break this into two posts.  1st I’ll focus on the Elf products I purchased.
So excited to try all of these!

I only paid a $1/ea for these eye shadow quads.  On the left is Punk Funk and on the right is Silver Lining

This is called All Over Color Stick in Golden Peach.  It can be used on the eyes, lips, and face. My guess is that it’s similar to M.A.C. Cream Color Base but in a solid stick form instead of a cream and it retails at $1 instead of $16.50.
It’s pretty…A bit more frosty than I would like, but still a nice color.  This will be pretty as a cheek highlight.

Honey Do Lip Gloss.  I like the easy squeeze tube applicator.  Retails $1
This color was a bit disappointing.  It’s very very sheer.  I was hoping it would be a pretty orange-red color.  In reality, it just looks like a red glossy tint on my lips.
Candid Coral Blush Retails $3
I know I’m going to be using this blush a lot.  It reminds me of M.A.C. Style.  It’s really pretty.
This is a look with the above products.  I’m so shocked at the payoff for only spending $1ea.  I’m overjoyed that Elf is sold at Target with it’s own section.