New Brushes!

Each year, as my birthday gets closer, my shopping bug is activated. I bought a couple of new things that I will share eventually on my social media. But today I wanted to share a few more brushes I have invested in and incorporated into my collection.

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I am a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury make-up. I feel like her lipsticks and eye shadows are flawless. But surprisingly, her makeup brushes are just as good. I recently purchased her eye blender and smudger brushes and I have to say they are great! I liked them so much that I went back and bought the travel set too! I take them everywhere I go. They are quick, easy and get the job done effortlessly.

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I also wanted to try the Sephora collection PRO featherweight complexion brush #90 after using the eye shadow brush from the same line. This brush can do everything! I mean not everything, but it can be used to apply foundation, setting your makeup, apply contour and blush. It is featherweight and so fluffy that it gives seamless application. I have washed this brush many times and it still feels the same. Loving it!

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This set from Amazon was so affordable and they make good alternatives for the Artis brushes if you are on a budget. I don’t think I could spend $62 for a face brush. The set I purchased is all black and the bristles are very soft. The handles are plastic and I’ve read reviews mentioning that the handles easily break. I use them almost everyday and have washed them multiple times. They still feel the same and the handles haven’t come off. It has helped me to apply my foundation and concealer in less than a minute. I love this set!

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I also wanted to mention that I clean my brushes using the Sephora collection solid clean brush cleanser. It really deep cleanses my brushes and keep them in their original condition. I’ve had some of my brushes for over two years and they are still going strong. A good brush cleanser is a must to retain the quality of the brushes you invest in.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have found inspiration to find new brushes. Please feel to leave suggestions below as I’d love to check them out!

 

 

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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.

Lipsticks I’ve been loving this fall

Hey guys! Saying that its been a while is getting old. But with the holiday season coming up I am hoping to post a LOT more. I hope everyone has been enjoying the fall as much as I have. I took my yearly trip to Vermont. The foliage was gorgeous. I felt like I fed some superfoods to my eyes. Do you know what I mean? I am sure you do. Who doesn’t love fall. And make-up?

Let’s get to the lipsticks I have been loving as fall began:

1) YSL ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Lipstick: Shade: 48 Smoking Plum- This lipstick is the most expensive lipstick I own. Lol. It is $37, but it is so worth it! It is a sheer, shiny wash of plum tone on your lips. My lips are quite pigmented but the color shows up perfectly. I recommend this for the holiday season if you are not looking for the classic red lip. Also, it smells like candy. Who doesn’t want that, right? You can buy it here

2) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips: Shade: Secret Salma- This shade is not just a fall shade. It is an all-season shade. It is a pigmented mauvy-pink which goes with anything you wear and is flattering for all skin tones. Perfect everyday shade to work for the fall season. And the packaging just like the YSL is absolutely stunning and luxurious. You can buy it here

3) Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel: Shade: 36 Indian Sari- This is in the high shine finish. The lip gels also have metallic and shimmer finishes. I love this shade for an evening out when I don’t want to do too much. This is just a perfect mauvy tint to my lips with some oomph. I feel like its slightly balmy and feels great on my lips. I’s one of my favorite glosses. You can buy it here

4) Glossier Generation G lipstick: Shade: Jam- Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Glossier. Especially their cleanser and both face masks. This lipstick is matte, balmy and no non-sense. It is great for everyday. I love this shade because it skews towards a purple-y tone. And as the name suggests it reminds me of berry jam. I love it! I like to apply a tiny bit of their coconut balm dotcom before I go in with the lipstick. Works well this way for my dry lips. You can buy it here

5) e.l.f matte lip color: Shade: Berry Sorbet- e.l.f has really great matte lip color. They are not your typical matte lip pencils. They are quite comfortable and do not dry your lips out. This shade is a reddish berry shade perfect for night and day. I have even worn this for a day out in summer without going all out on the eye makeup. It looks really beautiful. Also e.l.f is so friendly to your wallet that buying a few at a time will not depress you later 😉 You can buy it here

Swatches of my fall favs!

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Top to bottom: YSL Smoking Plum, Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Glossier Generation G Jam, Sephora Collection Indian Sari, Elf Berry Sorbet