3 Foundation Brushes I Love

August 21, 2014

I feel like a professional makeup artist whenever I pull up my brush set, although I'm not exactly sure why I'd need three different brushes to paint my face with every morning. For applying foundation, as you may have noticed, I prefer synthetic brushes primarily because they work better with cream and liquid products. Here are a few brushes I've been using interchangeably on a daily basis:

Sigma F 80 Flat Top Kabuki ($24)
I've had this brush for two years now and it's still going strong. It's a well-made, sturdy brush- after numerous washes, I haven't noticed any significant shedding nor were there any issues with it falling apart. The brush has incredibly soft and dense bristles allowing you to achieve flawless coverage with no streaks left behind. The only issue I had was with cleaning it; since the bristles are dense, the product tends to sink to the bottom of the brush, and the best solution, in my view, is to wash it using Dr. Bronner's Soap Bar-it helps easily remove all the residue from the bottom of the bristles and completely transforms the brush.  

Sephora Pro Airbrush #55 ($34)
I purchased this brush only a month ago but I've already fell in love with it. I love using this brush for applying a powder foundation (MAC Studio Fix Powder) instead of liquids. The bristles are so soft and pleasant to the touch that you want to keep re-applying the product even if you don't need it anymore. Although the bristles are a bit longer than usual, it allows you to distribute the product much quicker (and washes easily too). It deposits just the right amount of product onto the skin leaving a flawless even coverage. Occasionally, I apply liquid foundations using this brush on days when I need a lighter coverage.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($9)
It took me a while to get a hold of this brush- I just could not find it anywhere. After all, I ended up ordering  it online. The brush is a bit smaller in size and has rounded and slightly tapered edge which makes it perfect to blend in hard to reach areas of the face. It's a great brush considering the price it retails for. The only issue I have is with streaking- it can leave a few streaks behind. Other than that, it's a great affordable alternative to higher-end brushes.

These brushes are my absolute must-haves and if there was something to happen to them, I'd definitely buy them again. What is your favorite brush to apply foundation with?

Vanilla Pink

August 18, 2014

I've spent my weekend organizing my stash and in the process rediscovered a few lip products I haven't been using as much recently. So then, as it usually happens, I started putting on different lipsticks and glosses on the lips and loved a combination of Nyx lip products, which I'd like to mention in this post. 

When I fist got the Soft Matte Lip Creme in the shade Istanbul, all jokes aside, I wore it every single day. Yes, I loved it that much, and there is a reason for it. It's a pretty muted rose pink shade that you can pull off with any kind of look. In terms of formulation, it's creamy and matte as the name suggests, though it's a bit drying and can set into the fine lines of your lips, which probably was the reason I stopped wearing it at some point. 

The positive sides of the lip cream is its durability, rich color pay off, sweet candy scent and affordability ($6).  Although it can look a bit drying, I find that pairing it with a lip gloss is essential if you don't like the matte effect like me. Butter Lip Gloss($5) in the shade Vanilla Creme Pie gives that extra shine and dewiness when applied on top of the lip creme. 

I may pick up a few more from the lip creme range in the near future. If you have them in your stash, do you have any suggestions on which one to go for?

Marvelous Skin Care Trio

August 16, 2014

My nighttime skin care routine has changed quite a bit. In the summertime my skin is normally more on the combination side however recently I noticed a few dry patches on the sides of my nose and under the eyes. It prompted me to 'shop the stash' where I fortunately rediscovered my beloved products used in the colder months. 

Midnight Recovery Concentrate is Kiehl's best-selling facial oil which is claimed to repair the skin overnight. I apply 2 to 3 drops to an open palm of my hand and gently press the oil into skin. The smell of it is absolutely divine- the key ingredients include Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Squalene botanical lipid which jointly work to restore the natural skin moisture balance, soothe irritated skin, and reduce blotchiness when used consistently. I've used it for about a week now and I can see that my skin feels and looks more conditioned than before. Although it is a facial oil, it's surprisingly lightweight but it takes a little while to absorb into skin; therefore I apply it an hour before I go to sleep to ensure that my bedsheets aren't stained. 

After applying the facial oil, I follow with the High Potency Night-A-Mins mineral enriched renewal cream by Origins which is aimed to get rid of the dead skin cells and moisturize it synchronously resulting in a brighter, glowing complexion by the next morning. The first thing I noticed when opening the jar was its divine citrus scent--ah, it's out of this world! The cream texture is a bit thick and greasy feeling on the skin when you apply it on top of the facial oil but it's all worth it in the end. When I wake up the next morning my skin is soft, moisturized and radiant. It's definitely a great intensive cream to use after your serum/facial oil. 

Kiehl's Avocado Eye Treatment is my skin savior. I don't know what I'd do without its ability to effectively repair the under eye area. For some reason, I usually get these dry patches under the eyes, and we all know how horrible it looks when you apply a concealer on top of dry skin. Well, thankfully, this magical cream helps me out every single time. The cream texture is thick and it takes a while to absorb into skin. But the good thing about this creme is, not only it effectively moisturizes the under eye area but it also does not migrate into eyes while you sleep which is very important. Moreover, you need just a small amount of product, so it'll last you for quite some time-it's very effective and efficient. 

The marvelois trio, as I call it, works very effectively to restore dehydrated, dull skin. Nothing more, nothing less-at least from my point of view. Please let me know if you've tried any of these products, or have any skincare product recommendations. I'd love to hear your feedback. 

Why I Love Nuxe Lip Balm (And You Should, Too!)

August 15, 2014

Phew, the search for ultimate lip balm is finally over. Nuxe Reve de Miel ($19) is the winner amongst the bazillion lip balms I've had tried in the past. My only concern is, why it took me so long to jump on the bandwagon.

Sadly, my lips are dry and chapped all year round and lip treatment products used to be always on top of my beauty shopping list; I just never found the one that worked as effectively as this product. And yes, I've tried various natural remedies -honey in particular-which isn't as practical to use on daily basis.

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm has a unique whipped texture and a pleasant citrus scent which I absolutely adore. The formula is quite thick since it's an overnight intensive repair lip balm, but feels lightweight on the lips- it won't stick to your bed sheets either (bonus points). The key ingredients are Meadowfoam seed, Jojoba seed, Greapeseed oils as well as Shea Butter and Vitamin E.

Before applying the product, I make sure that I buff away the flaky skin by scrubbing my lips with a soft toothbrush, and then I go ahead and apply a thick layer before I go to sleep. Just overnight it transforms my lips and by the next morning they look and feel nourished, supple and soft. I can't even express how much I love this lip balm! 

I am looking forward to purchasing one in a stick form- it'd be a great addition to my handbag essentials set.

Cover It Up #1

August 14, 2014

We all want clear, even-tone, smooth skin but at times we need a little extra help to achieve that 'perfect' looking skin. For a couple of years now, one of the concealers I heavily rely on is the MAC Pro Longwear ($20).

The following concealer is the boss in providing enough coverage to conceal any discolorations, post-acne marks, redness-you name it. Personally, I use it mostly to cover up redness on the cheeks and wherever I need the most coverage. Moreover, it's fairly lightweight for the coverage it gives and lasts all day.

I use NC30 (yellow undertone) to cover up any blemishes, post-acne marks, redness since it perfectly matches my skin tone, and NW20 (pink undertone) is used to brighten up the under eye area as it is two shades lighter than my skin tone.
In my view, this concealer will suit best to those with normal to oily skin types. I would not recommend it for dry skin types because I am afraid this concealer will accentuate dry, flaky skin-I rarely use it in the winter because of this reason. That being said, make sure that your face is moisturized, primed, and ready for the application of the concealer. Follow with your favorite setting powder to make sure that it lasts all day.

On special occasions I use it as a foundation base because it's the only formula that does not cause me to breakout (sadly). To prevent the cakey face effect, I apply a thin layer concentrating on the areas where I need the most coverage. In case you dispense more product than needed-which is most likely to happen considering the pump it comes with- do not apply more than initially planned.

If you haven't yet tried Pro Longwear Concealer definitely give it a go. Yes, it costs a little more than a drugstore one but it'll last you much longer and will perform better, too.

The Best Budget Foundation

August 13, 2014

When it comes to foundations, to be honest with you, I tend to prefer the high-end ones over drugstore. The part of the reason is, I had too many disappointments-either the color mismatched/ended up looking cakey/caused breakouts- which basically put me off from buying them until Borjouis Healthy Mix Serum came in to the scene.

It' a beautiful foundation that leaves your skin looking healthy and radiant. When you apply it on your face it literally glides like butter over the surface of a heated pan and, personally, I like to apply the product with my fingers-I feel like the body heat helps the foundation to melt into your skin better and quicker, and results in a natural looking finish.

Unlike other foundations, Healthy Mix Serum has a unique gel texture which I absolutely love-it feels very light on the skin. It gives a light to medium coverage-won't cover up your blemishes though- and will best suit individuals with a dry to combination skin types. Speaking of longevity, it usually lasts me a good eight to ten hours, but if I use a primer and set it with a powder, I'll be good for the entire day.

The shade Beige Claire-53 matches me perfectly but I also have one in the shade Vanilla-52 to mix them up together whenever I feel like my skin tone color has darkened/lightened throughout the year. There are six shades available today.

In regards to packaging, it comes with a handy pump which dispenses just the right amount without wasting the product, and the bottle design is absolutely stunning, too.

Currently Loving: Makeup Products

August 11, 2014

Once I feel like I've used a product for more than two weeks, I try to change things up a bit immediately. The idea that a particular item that has an expiration date is just laying in the drawer and collecting dust absolutely terrifies me. That being the case, my makeup routine is constantly changing from time to time and I find it to be a fun and useful thing to do.

Currently, I've been using BB creams (Kiehl's BB Cream) more frequently since it's a multitasking product that does everything at once:moisturizes, protects, corrects, etc. and saves me time. I follow with the Origins Plantscription in Light concealer to cover up any blemishes I might have on that particular day. To counteract dark circles under the eyes I apply the Bobbi Brown Correct in Light Bisque and  Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Light to brighten up the under eye area. Finally, to set everything I apply the MAC Studio Fix powder which I absolutely love--I haven't found a better powder foundation yet-- using Sephora Collection #55 Brush. As for bronzer, I currently use Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess in Medium and MAC Peaches blush on the cheeks.

 Urban Decay Naked II palette is my absolute favorite this month-I like the combination of Verve on lid, Tease in crease; these eyeshadows, especially Verve, compliments brown eyes really well. Kat von D Tattoo Eyeliner is the bomb for achieving a cat eye look-it stays on all days without budging or creasing and I just love it so much. To brighten up the eyes a bit more, I use Benefit's Eye Bright Pencil on inner rim and I look more awake instantly. YSL Baby Doll is the best high-end mascara I've ever tried, and I'd love to have a full-size version of it in my makeup bag.

I like to experiment with lipsticks of different colors and finishes, and MAC Angel is the one I've been loving since I bought it last week-it's a beautiful pink with a frosty finish.In my view, MAC Subculture together with Angel is a perfect combination.


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