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Affordable Brushes March 12, 2008

Haven’t blogged in a couple days as my mind hasn’t been very focused on makeup lately. However, a couple nights ago I saw a great video by Koren of EnKoreMakeup over at YouTube about affordable makeup brushes.

These brushes look super amazing. I went to the site and they have even more that weren’t featured in the video. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I’m excited to buy some in the future. Not sure how soon that will be, though, my personal computer broke (I’ve been using the family laptop) and pretty much all my money will go to a new computer for the next month or two. But that’s life, lol.

Anyway, I’ve also heard that H&M has brushes that are really inexpensive, but very soft and of high quality. I’ve been wanting to go and look into this but I haven’t had the chance to do this either. =( Hopefully soon.

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“She did WHAT??” March 4, 2008

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:40 pm
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Ok, Sunday night I was hanging out with my sister and our friend. I put some makeup on and left my stuff on the bottom of a little shelf I have where I keep all my makeup and didn’t think about it again. A couple hours later we were in the living room watching TV and I hear my cat, DeeDee, meowing by the stairs, but I don’t think anything of it. Our friend leaves at 11PM and I’m about to head upstairs when I notice … my powder brush laying at the foot of the stairs. It’s an art brush made from goat hair.

For a second I think, “Did I bring this downstairs?” but I’m sure I didn’t. I asked my sister if she brought it down and she said no. So I realize my cat must have done it. DeeDee can be quite an ornery little butt, and she’s also very intrigued by natural things – my leather ballet slippers, my 16th birthday lillys which poisoned her and ended in an extended vet stay but that’s another story, the hay in our nativity scene … and now, apparently my goat hair brush. So gross. I went to wash it the next morning and the bristles were stiff with her saliva. *GAG* That erased any doubt in my mind that she was the culprit. I washed the brush with shampoo first and then twice with antibacterial Dial soap (something I would NEVER normally do to a brush, by the way). I also washed by little blush brush that was laying with the powder brush – just in-case.

I brought them into my room and laid them on a towel on the floor to dry. Normally I would have put them on my desk or something, but there wasn’t space for them anywhere else at the moment. Later that afternoon I was downstairs on the family computer. My sister sticks her head in the door and says, “DeeDee’s in your room, by the way. She’s asleep on your bed.”

Ok, cool, I don’t mind her being in there.

“When I looked in there a little while ago,” my sister continues, “she was rubbing her face on your brush.”

CRUD!!! “I just washed it this morning!” I moan. Uhg, why didn’t I think? I left it right on the floor, in plain site. I couldn’t have done worse if I had tossed the brush to DeeDee and said, “here, have fun.”

So I went to wash the brush again. The bristles were stiff with dried spit again. I washed it with shampoo and twice with antibacterial Dial soap again. I’m going to spray a little diluted alcohol on it. I’m going to have to buy brush shaper to reshape some of the mangled bristles. That is, if I can ever bring myself to use it on my face again. I think I might just buy a new kabuki …

So, to all you makeup-loving people out there, if you have a curious, devious, or otherwise mischievous cat in your home I suggest you make sure you keep your brushes under lock and key – or at the vary least, out of their reach.The Little … Dear

 

Foundation Coverage October 17, 2007

Filed under: Makeup,tips — ezbeauty @ 9:06 pm
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Perhaps you have tried several different kinds of drugstore liquid foundations but are repeatedly disappointed with the level of coverage you get from them. Before you go all in and splurge on a high-end foundation, take a moment to examine the method you apply your foundation. Do you use your fingers or a sponge? These provide a more sheer coverage, which sometimes is fine, but other times you will want/need more than that. They key to getting really full coverage is to use a brush. A brush with synthetic bristles will not absorb or “rub away” any of your foundation and will give you beautiful coverage.

A foundation brush doesn’t have to be expensive, either:

ELF offers a foundation brush for $1.

AVON has one for $5.99.

You can even use paint brushes from the craft store, which is actually what I do. I get great coverage from a 3/4″ wash brush that came in a set my mom bought for $5. JoAnn has wash brushes on their site in a variety of sizes for $2.49 each. You can also use small shader brushes for your concealer.

 

NYX New Product Preview October 7, 2007

I am so, so, so very excited about some new products that are going to be out soon from NYX. They are bringing in a whole new line of brushes, 24 to be exact, one of which will be a flat top face brush (that looks similar to another brush a lot of you use and love … 😉 ). They are also going to have a felt tip eyeliner that I can’t wait to try.

In addition to these goodies will be loose face powder, glitter wands, sponges & puffs.

And I must say, I am very excited to give their new Black Label lipstick a try, which, I might add, is only $7 a tube. With 96 shades I really don’t know how I’ll choose, but a few colors I’ve been eyeing are Heiress, Volcano, Brick, and Dusty Rose. I do know of one shade that I will buy no matter what (whether it even works with my skin or not, lol): Tribute to Marilyn. 😉

 

My “Dumb ELF Brush” Remark October 3, 2007

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 11:38 pm
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I feel I really owe poor ELF an explanation (not that ELF is ever going to notice … but whatever) about my “dumb brush” remark. I really don’t know where that came from. I don’t think the brush is dumb at all, it just doesn’t work very well for me. The brush tends to really pack on the color and it can give you a very intense look. Since my skin is so fare, I like to keep things soft and blended so I don’t look like a clown or something; I can be overwhelmed by color really quickly. So I don’t use the brush for eye shadow but only because it doesn’t do the kind of look that works on me. I do use it for applying a base (as shown in my Fall Look video), and it works nicely for that, except for the fact that it’s not meant for liquid stuff, thus it sucks up a lot of your product.

So anyway, yeah, I don’t hate the brush, it’s not dumb … no, no, no. I just wanted to clear that up. =)