• Monday MakeUp- Matte Lipstick

    How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? We hosted our first big Thanksgiving dinner here at the Ryan house. My domestic skills are a bit on the slacking side, cooking is not exactly something that I excel at. To say that I was nervous, is like calling an iceberg an ice-cube. With a little bit of help, we were able to pull it off. Pretty proud of myself over here!!

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    So onto Monday MakeUp……

    Do you love matte lipsticks? I know that I do. Sometimes though, I find that they are incredibly hard to pull off. Matte lipsticks are not know to be the most friendly makeup to work with. They have a tendency to be dry (and drying), they show cracks, they can make lips look smaller. But with a little prep work they are wonderful, for those times that you don’t want a shiny, sticky, sparkly mess on your lips.

    A few simple steps to keep in mind:

    1. Make sure that you exfoliate your lips before hand. This will pull off any flakes that are bound to show up with a matte lipstick
    2. Use a lip liner that is the same color as your lips. This will help keep the lipstick where you want it, and help keep them from looking smaller.
    3. I always put a bit of lip balm on my lips before a matte lipstick. This will help keep them from drying out on you.

    In my BirchBox last month, I received a sample of ModelCO Party Proof Lipstick and LOVED it. Even though they are completely matte, they don’t dry out my lips at all. The color is true to the tube color. They would look flattering on just about everyone. Plus they had major staying power. They really are Party Proof.

    Luckily I had some points saved up and was able to use them on the box set of their neutral collection. To be honest, I was a bit nervous buying lipstick online (well actually I buy very little of anything online). But once it got here, totally worth it!!

    It came with three matte neutral colors:

    • Get Naked– Is a light flesh tone color, with a peachy undertone. On me it almost makes my lips nonexistent. Which is perfect to go with a very dark smokey eye.
    • Kitty– Is a very light ballet pink color. This has become my new go-to day time color. It is just so soft and girlie. While I am not normally a pink girl, this looks good even on my skin tone.
    • Dusk Till Dawn– This is a mute dusty rose color. While it is not my favorite of the three, it is certainly not disliked. It is a slightly darker version of my natural lip color. It would be a perfect color if you are going for a natural look, but with a little oomph. Or for afternoon tea.

    I can see getting a lot of use out of all three of these colors. What about you guys? What lipstick colors do you wear? Are you a fan of the matte or do you like the more satin traditional lipsticks?

  • Holy Grail Foundation

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    I have finally found it! The absolute perfect, no crease, flawless skin, covers everything you want it to and nothing you don’t foundation. And to seal the deal even more.. it is a drugstore brand; no $100 price tag here. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

    So I am normally a BB Cream type girl. Simple, not to heavy, minimal coverage has been my go to for a while now. The issues that I have with foundation are: cakey, settles into fine lines, to much coverage and heavy. I don’t have perfect flawless skin, I am covered in freckles and I love them. I need something to cover the lines around my eyes, and the redness that pops up around my nose. But other then that, I want my skin to show. I like my “imperfections”. Up to this point, I have not found a foundation that fit the bill; that was also affordable.

    Yesterday I posted a great fall look using the No7 drugstore line of cosmetics. I used their Lift and Luminate foundation, and have to admit I am in love with it. Based on the back of the bottle it claims-

    “Firmer, even skin with a youthful glow,
    visibly firms, lifts, and brightens for
    a more luminous complexion.”

    This is a big claim for a drugstore (aka- inexpensive) bottle foundation. I have to admit that when I was at Walgreens, I passed on trying this because I was so worried about the possibility of it being “dewey” (aka shiny) look. If you read my post yesterday, you know that I was able to attend PHX Fashion Week preview event, that Boots No7 was hosting. I was able to ask Sasha, an amazing makeup artist, all my No7 Foundation questions.

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    She was able to not only assure me that I would not get that look, but that it really did live up to all the promise. (It is even her choice of makeup when she is not “on the job”). Very tentatively I let her give it a try. It was great, she used their makeup wipes to remove the makeup that I wore to the event and a bit of their moisturizer; then went to work.

    Boots No7 has the coolest tool ever. It is a handheld devise that takes a few small photos of your skin (on your jawline, on your cheek, and the last on your forehead). Then compares that pics, analyzes them, then tells which shade of foundation to use. Mind blown.

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    It came back that I should be wearing the shade Calico. Sasha was a bit worried that it was to light for my skin (since I have a strong olive undertone). What was the solution? Put it on half my face, then put the shade that she thought on the other half and compare them side by side. Turns out Calico was a bit light (for me is fine, I would rather have it a bit light heading into fall, over being a bit dark). But the shade that she picked was a tiny bit dark (at the beginning of summer would be fine, since I would have tanned a bit). HOWEVER, when I use half a pump of Calico and half a pump of hers it is the PERFECT color!!!!!

    When using this a little bit goes a LONG way. Seriously one single pump will cover your entire face, and you will still have a bit left over. I like to stipple the lighter color on under my eyes before mixing the two together to give myself a small highlight. Then I mix the left over with the darker color and stipple over my face. Then blend using small circular motions. It gives a great airbrushed effect.

    Has anyone else tried this brand? What are your thoughts on it? What does it take for you to try a new foundation brand?

  • LOTW- Fun Fall Look

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    Yea for fall. Is anyone else playing with the darker, bolder colors yet? I tell ya, Labor Day rolled around and I broke out all my edgy colors. While this seasons “it” colors are green and champange; purples will never go out of style. They look amazing on a lot of difference skin tones and eye colors. Plus anyone with green in their eyes will benefit from the purple giving them a huge POP. I was so lucky to have been at a preview event for Phoenix Fashion Week, that Boots No7 was sponsoring and they totally stocked me up on some must haves for this fall. The best part about Boots No7 Cosmetics… They are a drugstore brand that has major playing power, without breaking the bank.

    MakeUp Needed-

    • No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation
    • Black Eyeliner
    • No7 Smoothing and Brightening Base
    • No7 Forest Fruits Eyeshadow Pallet
    • No7 Stay Perfect Long Lasting Mascara
    • No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover
    • No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Rumor

    Step 1-
    Line both upper and lower waterlines with your black eyeliner. I would only line the outer corner bringing it in about 2/3 of the way to your nose.

    Step 2-
    Dot a small amount of the Eye Base onto your eyes, and blend all over lid. This is a great peachy nude color that will brighten your eye area, as well as, cover any imperfections on the lid.

    Step 3-
    Using your Forest Fruits pallet, sweep the lightest shade all over your eyelid; from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Still using the Forest Fruits pallet and a small brush, apply the darkest shade on the outer V of your eyelid. This would be along the lash line, then at the far outer corner blend it up into the crease.

    Step 5-
    Last time, using the Forest Fruits pallet blend the mid-tone color into the crease and slightly above it using a windshield wiper motion. You are wanting to blend out any harsh lines.

    Step 6-
    Using a stippling brush, stipple the Lift and Luminate Foundation onto the parts of your face that need a bit more coverage (under eyes, around the nose, on your chin and forehead). Using small circular motions blend foundation all over face. Remember to get all the way under your chin and to the hair lines.

    Step 7-
    These days it seems like my girls are refusing to sleep. Between the three of them, I seem to be up a few times each night. This is taking a major toll on my dark circles. No7 has a great blemish cover, that covers everything without getting cakey or creasing. If you need a little help looking more awake, apply a swipe of this under the eyes. Then pat to blend in.

    Step 8-
    Apply blush along your cheek bones, starting at your hair line and moving toward your nose.

    Step 9-
    Apply the lipstick in Rumour to your lips. The nice subtle nude color will help balance out the purple on your eyes, keeping attention to them.

    Step 10-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply your mascara.

    What about you guys, do you rock the purple eyeshadow? What are you most excited to try with the change of the season?

  • LOTW- Simple Natural Summer Look

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    I am loving summer time. Everything from being outside, to sticky popsicle hands, to seeing the stars, lets not forget about amazing BBQ’s and the parties centered around the BBQ. With all this time outdoors, the last thing you need is a face-full of heavy makeup that will melt in the humid heat. SO here is my simple natural summer look.

    Materials Used:

    Step 1-
    Line lower waterline with the Rimmel Nude color liner. For those of us who are use to lining our eyes with black or another dark color, this look takes a little getting use to. I kept hearing bloggers and makeup artists swear by this technique to make their eyes look more open and awake. To be completely honest, the first few times that I did it, I thought that I looked like something out of the 80’s. Everyone told me how great I looked and asked if I was sleeping better; I was very confused. Now that I am more use to the look, I have to say, the other bloggers were right. This really does make my eyes look bigger, and way less red (meaning more awake). It is a worth a try (and more then once).

    Step 2-
    Apply Burle from lashline to eyebrow.

    Step 3-
    Apply Copperplate on the outer corners of your eyes. From lash line to crease. The key is to blend, blend, blend.

    Step 4-
    Apply Omega in the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 5-
    Line upper lash-line, from outer corners in about two thirds of the way, with Dark Slate. This will give your eyes great definition but not has harsh as a black liner. You can wing it a little bit; or have it thicker at the outer corners of the eyes and narrowing as you move towards the inner corner. Even a simple line looks great with this look.

    Step 6-
    Stipple DD cream under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Blend in with large circular motions. Making sure that you apply it all the way to the hairlines, ears and blending down your neck.

    Step 7-
    Apply tarte cheek stain by stippling it (straight from the tube) onto the high points of the apples of your cheek. Then using your buffing brush from EcoTools (see here for my review on this brush) blend it all in with small curricular motions up your cheek bone. Normally, I am not a fan of this method of application for blush. But with this particular blush, it is easy to achieve and blend upwards. Don’t be scared by the color of this blush (it is a very dark berry color), I was totally turned off by it. After trying it, I am a total convert. It is a great sheer, light berry color; that looks like a natural flush of the cheeks.

    Step 8-
    Apply a little bit of lipgloss. I am a huge fan of the BellaPierre lipgloss in Chocolate Cream. A very light nude color, lots of shine, but no stickiness.

    Step 9-
    Last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    A very simple natural summer look. What are your thoughts? Is this something that you would wear? Have you used any of these products before?

  • LOTW- Chasing Life

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    Did anyone see the premier of this show, Chasing Life? It aired last week, and I have total mix feelings about it. This is odd, normally I know pretty quick if I am going to like something or not. But this show, I liked parts of it. I really disliked other parts of it.

    The show is about April (Italia Ricci), a twenty something reporter that is working her way up the corporate ladder. She lives with her widowed mother and her troublesome younger sister. It follows her life and her trials. Then an uncle, that is not well liked, had to break the worst news possible: April has cancer.

    The one thing that I LOVED about this show, was how they did April’s makeup. It is dramatic and brings all the attention to her eyes. Without being heavy. It actually is a pretty natural look. Talk about natural but better look!! It is soft and romantic; all while being totally day time wearable. Actually, I have been trying to perfect this look all weekend. Not only have I been able to nail it; I was able to duplicate it with my Too Faced- Chocolate Bar pallet!!! (See I told ya that this was the best pallet ever)

    MakeUp Needed (I linked these to Amazon if you want the exact product that I used):

    Step 1-
    Apply “White Chocolate” all over your eyelid; lash-line to brow.

    Step 2-
    Apply “Milk Chocolate” in your crease.

    Step 3-
    Apply “Salted Caramel” over your eyelid; the football shaped area from your lash-line to crease.

    Step 4-
    Apply “Triple Fudge” in a V-shape on the outer corners of your eye. You will do this by lining your lower lash line; then follow up into your crease. Take it in about a third of the way through your crease.

    Step 5-
    Apply the BB Cream to your face by stippling it under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead. Then blend with large circular motions. Be sure to blend under your chin and down your neck too.

    Step 6-
    Apply the bronzer under your cheek bones. When looking straight into the mirror, trace from the edge of your eye down your cheek till you reach just under your cheek bone. Then sweep it along the bone, to your hairline. Blend in with circular motions. Apply a small amount to your temples, blending in with circular motion. And finally, apply some along your jaw line.

    Step 7-
    Apply blush to your cheek bones. Starting at your hair line, sweep down your cheek bone (staying on the cheek bone). Be sure to stop no close then two finger widths to your nose. Then blend using circular motions, back up your cheek bone.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick, make sure that you cover your entire lip so no pink is showing through.

    Step 9-
    Then to achieve her shiny pouty look, apply the lipgloss on top.

    Step 10-
    Like always, last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    There you go!! Let me know your thoughts. Do you like this look? Is this something that you would be able to wear out and about?

     

  • Chocolate Bar In Depth

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    I just realized that, I had an intro to this pallet and a tutorial on it, but I never actually listed the colors or done any actual review on it. No idea how that happened. I guess in all my excited it just slipped my mind. That is how much I am loving this pallet!! Well no fear, I caught my mistake and here is my full review on all the colors/shades/and textures of this fantastic makeup.

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    Starting on the top left corner, moving across the right top row, then going down to the middle far left color, moving across the middle row, then finishing up on the bottom left and moving across the bottom row. Make sense? Okay lets go……

    1. Gilded Ganache– A dark shimmery green-brown.
    2. White Chocolate– A matte white. This is my most used color, I use it as a base color to every look I do with this pallet. Even though it is a matte light color, it covers all the little veins on my eyelid creating a nice blank canvas.
    3. Milk Chocolate– A matte light brown.
    4. Black Forest Truffle– A dark shimmer reddish-brown.
    5. Triple Fudge– A very dark matte brown.
    6. Salted Caramel– A medium orange brown. While at first, I did not think that I was going to love this color, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
    7. Marzipan– A shimmery light brown, with a hint of pink. This looks great with Salted Caramel.
    8. Semi-Sweet– A matte medium brown.
    9. Strawberry Bon-Bon– A matte light pink. This was another color that I thought that I was not going to like, but turns out I really love it. It works well with ALL of the colors in the pallet.
    10. Candied Violet– This is a glittery purplish shade. Not one of my favorites, and it has the most fallout of the lot, but it is a really pretty shade. It gives the browns a nice little subtle color.
    11. Amaretto– A dark shimmery burgundy brown.
    12. Hazelnut– A medium shimmery brown.
    13. Creme-Brulee– A light shimmery golden brown. This colors looks amazing over anything, and with all the shades in the pallet.
    14. Haute Chocolate– A dark shimmery brown.
    15. Cherry Cordial– A dark shimmery red.
    16. Champagne Truffle– A light shimmery white with a tinge of pink.

    As you can see there is a huge range of colors and textures to work with. The possibilities are endless. All of the colors are so creamy, and they are so easy to blend. I am not sure if the cocoa powder in them melts with your body heat or what, but they seem to melt into a perfect consistency making them a dream to work with. And lets not forget the amazing chocolate smell that you get with this shadow. Even after using it everyday, I still LOVE that smell. If you only get one new pallet this year, I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

    What are you thoughts on this pallet? Did I miss anything important?

     

  • LOTW- Chocolatier

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    I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.

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    Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.

    MakeUp Needed:

    Step 1-
    Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow

    Step 2-
    Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.

    Step 3-
    Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.

    Step 4-
    Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.

    Step 5-
    Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.

    Step 7-
    Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick to your lips.

    Step 9-
    Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?

  • LOTW- Maleficent Inspiration

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    Has anyone had a chance to see this yet? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Maybe I will take Tink out, and have a mommy-daughter date. It has been a while since we had one and I know that this movie is a bit to dark for the little girls.

    Today’s look is inspired by this movie. Those chiseled cheeks, those red lips, and the perfectly heavy lined eyeliner. While we will never have Angelina’s bone structure, we can copy this look. This look will be a bit more intensive than some of the other looks, but won’t be any harder to accomplish.

    MakeUp Used-

    • Black Eyeliner- Both in a pencil and in a gel
    • Mascara
    • MAC- Brule (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Omega (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Brun (Eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Shroom (Eyeshadow but we will be using as a highlighter for your cheeks)
    • MAC- CopperPlate (Eyeshadow)
    • Clinique Better than MakeUp (Foundation)
    • Too Faced- Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer)
    • Clinique- Sugared Maple (Lipstick)

    Step 1-
    Line both your upper and lower water-lines (that rim around your eye) with the black eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Line your upper eyelashes with the black pencil as well. This will give you a guide for later when we apply the black gel liner.

    Step 3-
    Apply Brule all over lid, from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Apply Copperplate over lid, being careful not to go above the crease.

    Step 5-
    Blend Omega into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply Brun heavily along both the upper and lower lashes.

    Step 7-
    Apply your gel eyeliner along the top lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your foundation all over your face by stippling it on (under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead) then blending with large circular motions. (I am on vaca and totally left this foundation at home. Please forgive me that it is not in the picture.)

    Step 9-
    We are going to apply quite a bit of bronzer, the look will be harsh and dramatic. You want to apply this just under your cheek bones. It will accentuate your cheek bones making them pop a bit. The darker the bronzer the more they will pop.

    Step 10-
    Now we want to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, again to help make those bone pop. Apply Shroom to the tops of your cheek bones. (The great thing about highlighter, is that you don’t need to go out and buy any additional product. Any light, slightly shimmer eyeshadow color will work)

    (Note- we are going to skip on the blush with this look)

    Step 11-
    Apply a dark red lipstick. Personally I like Sugared Maple.

    Step 12-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    What are you thoughts. Do you ever wear this much makeup? Is this a look that you might wear on a date night out?

  • Chocolate Bar… For Your Face

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    Thanks to my amazing grandma, I was finally able to get my hands on Too Faced Chocolate Bar. YEA!!! I was seriously jumping in the store, so giddy to get my hands on it. She has to be the coolest grandma ever, I can always count on her to indulge my addiction. My grandma was happy to be able to give me a gift that I was so excited about. Even though, I think I may have embarrassed my kinda reserved grandma. Ohwell, I was that happy and excited. Like the two year old that I am; I ran home, washed my faced and began to play with this AMAZING pallet. (So I will fully admit and disclose that I am already a little biased. I love Too Faced; they can do no wrong and I love all the names of colors)

    First, lets start with this packaging. How incredibly cute is this box? I am so loving this. While all the Too Faced products are cute, this one takes the cake. Not only is the box adorable, the actual makeup tin is genius. It looks just like a chocolate bar. Fun!

    Next, when you open it, the makeup actually smells like chocolate. And not in that weird chemical way some chocolate scented items do. You know the ones that say they smell like chocolate, you open it up, take a whiff and are like in what universe is this chocolate. Nothing like that. It really does have a delicious scent. My hubby made the mistake of trying to get ready when I was in there playing with this for the first time. I was just standing there enjoying this amazing smell and my hubby looked at me with the strangest look on his face. When I finally got enough courage to look at him, he blankly asked what in the world I was doing. So yup made him smell my makeup too. I think, he thinks that I need a padded room and some serious help.

    Like all Too Faced products, they are incredibly pigmented. I have been in a MAC phase, and while I love MAC they are wonderful. I forgot how much more pigmented Too Faced is. So that first time, whoops a bit to much. Good thing it is just makeup and I could wash it off and start over. And even better, even with all this pigment, there is no fall out!! LOVE that!! All of the shadows are so creamy and dreamy to blend. There are no harsh lines when working with any of the colors, even the darkest ones in the set. It is made out of actual cocoa powder so I think that may have something to do with how blend-able it is.

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    The color names are to fun!! And they kinda make me hungry lol. I think that I am going to break this post into two posts, since it is already a small book. Come check in next week for a break out of all of the colors in this pallet!! They are totally worth their own post!

    Do you guys have this pallet yet? What are you thoughts? Do you have any other Too Faced makeup?

     

  • Yea For New Tools

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    MakeUp tools that is!!!

    Okay I am like a two year old. I know this, I can accept this, and I can even share this with you, while laughing at myself. For me getting new makeup related items is like Christmas. It is getting a new package to open, new toys to play with, and the moment that I get it I want to rip it open to test it out. Anyone else… {crickets}…. yea ok, maybe just me but I was totally excited to get some new brushes.

    ECO Tools is one of those brands that is always awesome. They are completely 100% cruelty free. The handles are made of bamboo so they feel great in your hands. You can buy them at any Walmart/Target or drugstore. Plus they are incredibly cheap, which in the world of brushes is a huge plus. I got my friends daughter her first set up of brushes (I think it came with 5 different brushes for her face and eyes) for about $15. Cheap AND good quality… LOVE it.

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    The first one that I got was the Skin Perfecting Brush. With it being summertime, I mostly wear BB and CC Creams. I find that other foundations are just to much. This brush is designed specifically for BB and CC creams. Let me tell you it made a HUGE difference in the application. Up till this point I was just using my foundation brush, and it was ok. This brush though, gives my face an airbrushed look to it. Plus the angled to it makes it so easy to apply the cream in those hard to cover areas (think corner of your eyes, around your nose). It gives great coverage, without having you apply tons of product. At only $8, it was a great find.

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    The other brush I picked up was the Custom Buffing Brush. This is one of those brushes that has always been missing from my makeup bag. Every where I look (online) makeup bloggers were talking about needing a flat headed brush. If you were going to use bronzer you needed one, if you used powder foundation you need one, if you applied powered on your face in any way you needed this brush. But I have not found one that I liked enough to actually spend the money on to add to my collection. UNTIL I saw this one. I know that ECO Tools always have wonderful brushes and it was only about $7. I figured it was time to add one. Yup, I should have known to trust my fellow bloggers. This brush makes applying powders a breeze. I really like using it to apply my bronzer and my setting powders. It picks up just a little product at a time, which is great for those of us who are a bit heavy handed; but it makes it so easy to build up the color. Another great find.

    I am so happy with these two new brushes to my collection. Have you guys tried either of these? What are your newest brushes? What is your favorite brush?

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