Don’t Brush it off

Makeup and skincare have only been in my life for the past two years. I must say, I have enjoyed every bit of it. I love having multiple brushes to do the job, mainly because I am lazy to clean them. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorites that I have been using since I got into makeup.

Let’s start with Face brushes and continue with eye brushes: I love having multiple for foundation or CC creams. Firstly, because I wear foundation almost everyday, second I don’t have enough time to wash them every single day.

  1. IT Cosmetics heavenly complexion perfection luxe #7 brush: Okay, so this brush is way up there in price, like $48. But as the name suggests it does exactly that. I enjoy the seamless finish that it gives with every product I have used. Since, it is dual ended,  I use this brush whenever I travel cause it does everything from foundation, concealer, blush, powder, eye shadow, you name it; the brush does it all.
  2. E.L.F cosmetics bare blending brush: It looks like a fluffier fan brush, except that its great for cream products. The brush gives a non streaky application and the size makes it great for travel too. I can literally fit in my pocket.
  3. IT cosmetics Airbrush smoothing foundation brush: Well, IT cosmetics really does great brushes. I think their price is fair and great for the quality they provide. I have had their brushes for almost two years now. I washed them a million times (of, course not a million, but you get the point) and they are still in great shape. This brush is great for everyday – Apply foundation, buff and out the door in 5 minutes.
  4. BeautyBlender:You might say that this isn’t a brush, I know but, I only use it for concealer and have to say no other brush wins the concealer challenge better than the beautyblender. You need to get one. Period.
  5. Morphe E2 brush/ Real Techniques powder brush: Both of these brushes are so large and fluffy that they work great with setting powders for your face. They cover a large surface area so it’s quick and easy. No fuss. Most times powder brushes can be quite a rip off, but these are reasonably priced for great quality.
  6. Morphe E45: I use this brush for applying concealer at times but definitely for setting it with powder. It has the perfect size for under the eyes. I love this brush for how soft it is. It feels smooth and applies the product seamlessly.
  7. Eye brushes: I use the Sephora collection PRO featherweight crease brush #38 for the crease. The bristles of this brush are soft and apply the eyeshadow without any tugging. I absolutely love this brush. Also I alternate between Morphe M433 and M441 to intensify my crease shadow. These are a cult favorite and do the exactly what they are made for. These 3 brushes I cannot live without for my eye makeup.
  8. Morphe M421: I know it says that it is a concealer brush, but I use it to pack on lid color whether it’s cream or powder eyeshadow. It is tightly packed and provides controlled application without too much movement. Love it!
  9. E.L.F cosmetics mineral powder brush: This is a great brush for blush application. Sometimes I also use it for powder application after I apply my foundation/ CC cream. An all-in-all great brush for just $3. In general, E.L.F  has some great brushes which don’t hurt the wallet.
  10. Morphe M310: This fan brush needs no explanation. It is perfect for powder highlight application. The brush is made with natural hair which work best with powder.

So these are some of my favorite brushes. I hope you enjoyed this post and would try some of these for your makeup routine. I usually go for affordable options if I can. But if I do need an expensive brush, it better sweep me off my feet.

5-minute make-up drawer

I recently gave in and invested in MUJI drawers. I got two of the large acrylic 2-drawers with/ without lid. To tell you the truth, I love them! They are so sleek and neat, they look really classy on my bulky chest of drawers that I got from Wal-Mart when I moved 2 years ago. They are quite functional and store a LOT of products for your morning routine.

Obviously, no one has the time for make-up in the morning. There have been times I have landed on my desk like a street urchin. But these drawers have helped me to pick exactly what I need to look my best and get a head start to my day. I make sure I have at least 5-7 minutes every morning to prep myself.

To give you a break down of my routine- After my skincare (which isn’t included in these 5 minutes because I consider that part VERY important), I start with Glossier priming moisturizer. This makes for a really hydrated base which works best for the gloomy and colder days. Then I have been truly loving my Chanel CC cream in 40 beige to give me a natural “dewy” look. And my t-zone doesn’t get oily through the day which is a plus. Sometimes I switch it out for the Vitalumière Moisture rich fluid makeup SPF 15 in 40 beige. This is equally good but I do need to use blotting paper once in the day. The good thing is both have SPF.

For my everyday concealer, I have been using the Glossier Stretch concealer in 30 Dark. I apply both using the IT cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection brush #7. The kabuki side of the brush applies any cream product flawlessly and the other side is great for concealer. It gives a no-streaky application.

Once I have my base on, I apply the medium shades in the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 266 Les Essentiel in my crease to give definition. Then I use my Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Luminous flush which is the perfect shade for a natural “flush”. Then I use the Becca Skin Perfector in Opal on the high points of my cheeks, cupid’s bow and all the good stuff. Or it is the Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. Then I wear any lip color lying in my top drawer. Lately, I have been seriously loving the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in 214 Message. Another favorite has been the Glossier lip gloss which isn’t too goopy and great for everyday. Unfortunately, this is sold out. I alternate both with my YSL rouge volupte shine in 48 Smoking plum. It is still one of my favs. All of these are great for winter as they do not exaggerate dry lips and are quite moisturizing.

There you have it! This has been my go-to or 5-minute make up: whatever you call it. I hope you enjoy these products if you choose to buy them. I will definitely be following up with my recent skincare routine so stay tuned!

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