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Sephora Airbrush Brushes #57 and #55

***I will be doing a tutorial and video series soon!!! Covering the following: How to mix liquid and cream foundations and how to apply concealer and foundation using these Sephora brushes.

I bought a couple of Sephora brushes a few weeks ago from their Professional Platinum Airbrush Series: The #57 Airbrush Concealer Brush ($24), and the Airbrush Foundation Brush in #55 (#34). These brushes are designed to work flawlessly with creams and liquids to give an impeccable airbrush looking finish, as the bristles are of synthetic Taklon. I like that you can also build up your desired coverage.  I have been using these brushes in my recent looks, so to get an idea of how they perform you can just take a look at my most recent FOTD’s. :)

I love that the concealer brush isn’t flat like many concealer brushes out there, it’s a round fluff brush that really covers a lot of area and gives a nice airbrush look and finish when used with liquid concealers or even to blend and smooth out cream concealers.  
***[Tip]***– The trick is to swipe a tiny bit of your liquid or cream concealer under your eye once to cover the area, then DAB and PAT the foundation gently into your skin to avoid streaks and to give the airbrush look, then finish off by applying a translucent finishing/setting powder to ensure long lasting wear and prevent any creasing in fine lines and truly give that matte look.

The foundation brush is a wide headed fluffy brush, it’s great for covering large areas such as the neck, cheeks, and forehead. There is also a smaller foundation brush (#56) also at Sephora that can cover smaller areas if desired. I apply my liquid foundation by putting one pump onto my makeup palette (flat metal pan I have by Graftobian) to allow me to mix (if necessary) and to easily apply it on my brush; then using circular motions, I apply all over my face, then dab and pat into my skin all over to get rid of any streaks. I then apply a finishing/setting powder to set my look and get rid of any shine.

I took a pic of the concealer brush head next to my camera’s SD card to show you a size comparison side by side so you can get an idea of how big it actually is.

Price? These brushes are pricey but trust me, I think they are well worth it because the results are amazing. Honestly, if you are on a budget and I had to pick one, I would pick the concealer brush over the foundation brush because the concealer brush is unique and there’s not a lot of concealer brushes out there that are quite like it. Many concealer brushes are flat and don’t really allow you to blend your concealer to give you a flawless look. The foundation brush gives a nice airbrush look, but I think it can easily be replicated using other brushes or techniques, even my beauty blender sponge gives me a nice finish. Sephora also has tons of sales and discounts so it’s best to buy these then. :)

Product Review: e.l.f. Brush Holder (Large)

Product: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $15, (small one is $5) http://www.elfcosmetics.com and http://www.target.com
Dimensions/Size:  9″L x 3″W x 4″H
Would I repurchase? Yes
I recently purchased e.l.f cosmetic’s large brush holder from Target.com since it was sold out on the elfcosmetics website (but it’s back in stock!), it was $15 and they have a smaller one that’s a single cup for $5. Each cup is labeled accordingly: eyes, lips, face; which makes organization a breeze in separating your eye brushes, lip brushes, and face brushes (and how cutesy is that it’s also the company name!?). Since I don’t have an insane amount of lip brushes, I use the lip portion of the brush holder to hold more eye brushes and whatnot, such as tweezers. I also filled each brush holder with clear beads similar to Sephora’s setup to help hold the brushes together, see my tutorial HERE.
So what are my thoughts on it?
Their description: The stylish and sleek makeup compartments hold your brushes, makeup pencils, tools and more. The professional storage dividers keep everything organized for quick use. The luxurious material is easy to clean and durable for storing on countertops or in cabinets.
PROS:
– Pretty sturdy brush holder for $15
– Each cup is labeled to help organize your brushes; eyes, lips, face (labeled on one side of the holder only)
– Holds a good amount of brushes, such as those you use for everyday wear (or can be used to store extra brushes)
CONS:
– I wish it was a bit taller to accommodate longer brushes
– Plastic is sturdy but you can squeeze them if you press hard so it may break easily/crack
– Unlike a brush roll or a covered brush holder, brushes are out in the open so they are more prone to dust and bacteria if left out, so just be sure to wash your brushes frequently or placing them in a drawer or under the bathroom sink when not in use.
Overall? For $15, it’s a pretty decent brush holder. It holds a lot of brushes, and I use it to house all my everyday brushes that I use and then some; making it easy to choose which brush I wanna use. It’s pretty sturdy and the price is right. I just wish it was a tad bit taller so that some of my brushes don’t look like they are trying to jump ship, lol.
Without beads…
In comparison to my hand, so you can get an idea of how big it is…

Sigma Make Me Up Brush Kit Review (Aqua)

 
Product: 4.8 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $99, Sigmabeauty.com
Colors: Aqua, Black, Purple, and Coral

Disclaimer: All product reviews and honest opinions on this site are solely that of my own and I am not endorsed, affiliated, or paid for this review unless otherwise specified. This review on the Sigma Makeup Brush Kit was given courtesy of http://www.sigmabeauty.com for review on my blog.

I was really excited when Sigma Beauty sent me a brush kit from their Make Me Up Collection ($99) to do a review on my blog, I have always been a fan of their brushes and have a few brushes from them that I absolutely love because they have good quality brushes, not to mention how affordable their brushes are in comparison to MAC brushes.

Their Make Me Up Collection comes in 4 colors, each one of them are named differently and have its own unique cute cartoon character on the box: Black (Make Me Classy), Purple (Make Me Crazy), Coral (Make Me Blush), and Aqua (Make Me Cool). Each brush kit is $99 (not including shipping and taxes).

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It’s a 12-piece kit, w/the following brushes:

Small Angle – E65 – Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

Eyeliner – E05 – An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

Pencil – E30 – Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Medium Angled Shading – E70 – Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

Large Shader – E60 – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

Large Angled Contour – F40 – The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

Large Powder – F30 – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.

Duo Fibre – F50 – Specially designed to generate an ‘airbrushed’ finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Foundation – F60 – Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.

Concealer – F70 – The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.

Tapered Blending – E40 – Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

Eye Shading – E55 – Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

PROS: Great for travel as it has a sturdy case, turns into 2 brush cup holders, one for dirty brushes and one for clean brushes. Great starter kit to have for those who are new to makeup or are just looking for some quality brushes. Has basic brushes for all over makeup application and the bristles are really soft. Great price for all 12 brushes including the case. (MAC brushes already cost like $80 just for 2 brushes!)

CONS: I just wish it had a lip brush and maybe other basic brushes such as a spoolie or an eyelash/eyebrow comb.

Overall: It’s a great kit to have. I love that it’s sturdy and is easy to take along and can withstand my travels! A lot better than my old brush roll. The fact that it has 2 brush cups is nice too, helps keep things organized when it comes to which brushes to clean, etc. These brushes are also well worth the price, you get so much; all the basic brushes to do a full face, and they are high quality brushes. I highly recommend!

**Nailpolish is Zoya “Audrina”**

Sephora Hello Kitty Collection-Brush Set

 
Arrives in Sephora stores and online in Mid-January, ($49)

Yay! Half-day at work today, I have to run to the Apple store and buy a new laptop charger so I can blog from Washington, LOL. I had my laptop for years and my charger finally died on me (the wires got frayed). I meant to post this earlier, but I fell asleep on the couch since I was running on 4 hours of sleep from last night, I love naps. :)

Anyway, my Hello Kitty Brush Set from Sephora arrived yesterday (I was surprised it arrived so fast!), and it’s just so darling! The HK collectible brush holder itself is made out of a cheap metallic coated plastic. In person it totally looks and feels cheap, but the plus side is knowing it won’t tarnish and get darker like real silver for example. The inside of her head and the brush holder (white cup) is made out of a sturdy plastic and the entire brush set with her head on, is light in weight. Her head of course can be removed to reveal the brushes inside.

The Sephora Hello Kitty Brush Set comes with 5 brushes: Face brush, Eyeshadow brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush, Shader Brush, and a Lip Brush.

The brushes itself are in true Hello Kitty fashion, featuring baby pink handles labeling the brushes as well as having Hello Kitty’s name on the other side. The bristles have dyed pink tips and they are super soft; which surprised me because I am so used to brush sets in general having lesser quality and usually having more scratchy bristles. Even with the MAC HK Brush Set I bought a couple years ago, those brushes weren’t all that soft. But these are amazingly soft and they are very sturdy, the ferrules seem to be well made and don’t seem like they are prone to bend out of shape, so they definitely feel like good quality brushes.

So what else can this brush holder fit inside? Well in addition to the brushes it comes with, it doesn’t fit a lot of ‘tall’ things, such as regular-sized UD eyeliners (but if you bought small sample UD eyeliners they will fit), however just to give you an idea in terms of sizing, it DOES accommodate MAC lipglasses, lipsticks, even MAC’s technakohl eyeliners. So using items such as these or those of similar size guarantees her head will close all the way, you can still fit a few regular-sized UD eyeliners that have already been sharpened down a bit but her head will not close all the way.

Overall, if you are a Hello Kitty lover or addict, or even just like the idea of having a brush set/holder like this, I definitely recommend this being a good addition to your collection or vanity. It’s a nice collector’s item and I think it’s even a great gift for younger girls who enjoy Hello Kitty. They come with a nice range of brushes for lip, eyes, and face, and the bristles are really soft, one of those things you have to check out when they are available at Sephora mid-January!

Eco Tools 6 Piece Bamboo Brush Set

Product: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
Price: $12.99, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, and other stores
Would I recommend? Yes!

I have always enjoyed the Eco Tools line (you can see a previous review I did on another set HERE), they are easy to find (at least where I live), they are affordable and they are eco-friendly. This cute little 6-piece set is just one of the latest additions, albeit revamped- to the Eco Tools collection. I’ve had my eye on them since they first came out and even though they had great products at the time, they didn’t have a lot of variety; so I was really pleased to see that they have expanded their line and are actively listening to their customers and what we would like to see.

These brushes have soft, cruelty-free taklon bristles that last a long time when well-taken care of, and Eco Tools uses natural and recycled materials; the handles are made from bamboo, and the ferrules are made out of recycled aluminum. The cosmetic bag is made out of natural cotton and hemp and I love that it’s also a brush roll and great to tote along in your makeup bag or when traveling.

In addition to my sister’s Christmas present (can’t say what it is yet since she reads my blog LOL), I got her some Eco Tools brushes like these as a stocking stuffer because she is starting to get into makeup and thought this would be a great ‘starter set’ for her because it’s great for the environment, has the essential brushes she needs, and it fits her budget. Not to mention the nifty cosmetic bag it comes with. Makes a cool gift idea.

What it comes with:

  • Blush brush
  • Eye shading brush
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Lash & Brow Groomer
  • Concealer Brush
  • Cosmetic bag
 I’ll just let the pics do the talking!

Prod. Review: Sonia Kushuk Retractable Brush

 

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $9.99 at Target
Similar items: Foundation and Powder Brush also from Sonia
Would I buy again? Yes

I was looking for a small retractable brush to keep in my makeup bag (since I have no idea where my other one went!). I like using a brush for touch ups as oppose to a powder puff when applying my MAC Sheer Powder to combat shinyness because powder puffs tend to hold a lot of bacteria (such as the sweat and dirt from your face).

I went to Target and saw this retractable blush brush from Sonia Kushuk. She has another one that’s a foundation brush and powder brush in one (one on each end) for $14.99, but I just wanted something simple so ended up getting this one. Even though it’s a blush brush, it’s a perfect size for the touch ups I wanted to achieve. The bristles are made of natural hair and feel really soft to the touch. It retracts easily and pretty nifty for travel. It’s almost the size of my hand, just so you can get an idea of how big it is.

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