Beauty Review: Sonia Kashuk Holiday Limited Edition 10 pc Brush Set

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All this make-up acquiring and learning is great and all but without some decent brushes, I’m not going to get anywhere! I found these via a post on Instagram, checked out some other reviews, and decided it was worth the plunge to give what seemed like a pretty good quality, inexpensive brush set a go.

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Straight out of the box, I am impressed. These brushes are stunningly beautiful. And soft! All of the brushes feel great with a dry run on my skin. The handles feel comfortable in my hand, they’re neither too long nor too short. Really great. My only initial complaint is that the powder brush and multi-purpose brushes shifted in shipping and caused a weird dent in some of the bristles. After just brushing them over some fabric, though, they popped right back to their original shape.

Not to harp on looks too much but these are so pretty I am storing them in a jar on my desk on display. Because they’re just that nice.

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So let’s get to application!

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First up is the flat top multi-purpose brush with my Sephora Skin Perfect CC cream in “fair.” The application of this is wonderful. It goes on beautifully. With this brush, I need to use half of what I used to! Extra points for extending the longevity of my make-up.

Some of the reviews of these brushes commented that the brushes shed everywhere. This is the only one I’ve noticed any shedding with and it’s only 1 or 2 bits per application. So I’m saying it’s not that much of an issue.

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Next I’m pairing the domed powder brush with em cosmetics shadow play artistic cheek color palette in “coral temptations.”

I love using this brush to apply bronzer and blush. It goes on magnificently. I don’t feel like I need to keep going back to the palette for more product, which is nice. The cheapy brush I was using previously just held onto the product, didn’t apply it. So I had to keep using more and more. This doesn’t hold onto the product at all! Wonderful.

Zoe says "hey, Ma, whatcha doing?!"

Zoe says “hey, Ma, whatcha doing?!”

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Time for eyes. I used 4 different brushes for this: blending brush, angled crease brush, domes pencil brush, and eye liner brush with the Naked palette. The combo of brushes is great. It picks up the pigment in the palette wonderfully! I would argue better than the brush that came with the palette.

Overall, these brushes are great. Because the flat top multi-purpose brush does shed a bit, like several reviews have said, I’m going to take away one point. But other than that, I am pleased with everything! Looks, application, etc. They’re great!

Here’s a link to them! 

Do you have a favorite brush set? Have you used these? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Beauty Review: Urban Decay Naked

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Christmas sort of because the Christmas of Urban Decay. Lots of make-up and fun things to try out. I’ve entirely revamped how I do my make-up now and it’s wonderful! So I’m going to share with you lot what I’ve been doing and sort of review this palette. I know it’s already popular and everyone loves it but let’s call me basically brand new to make-up and reviewing it from that perspective.

I’ve been doing my makeup the exact same way since high school. nobody ever told me it was bad so i never saw any reason to change it. But now that I’m immersing myself into the world of blogging, I’m learning a lot about beauty and make-up and skin care. I’m really excited to try out the stuff I’m learning and share it. While I haven’t yet delved into the world of anything beyond eyes and lips (foundation, bronzer, and blush still baffle me), I still have plenty of things to experiment and try.

So I first started with the eyeshadow primer. Which I never knew was a thing. But this stuff it awesome. It creates a nice base for applying eyeshadow to that prevents weird creasing throughout the day and helps the shadow last even longer. I may have accidentally (read: was too lazy) left my makeup on overnight and most of the shadow was still right where I left it. Which meant good things for the cleanliness of my pillow. But I digress.

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So smear on the primer potion. You don’t need a lot. This stuff is SUPER thick. I only used this much:

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That’s it. per eye. Smeared from brow line all the way to lash line and a teeny little bit under my eye. Let that set up for 10 minutes.

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It doesn’t look like anything. There are some that are tinted and some that will even out tone. This one sort of dies that but it’s such a thin layer that it doesn’t do that much. If I’m getting ready in the morning, I will put the primer on and then go get dressed. By the time I go to finish my look, it’s al set up and good to go.

Next up is the shadow itself. I used the following colors:

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1 (sin) went on brow bone and inner corners. 2 (sidecar) went on crease. 3 (smog) goes down to the lash line and on under eye. 4 (darkhorse) goes in the outer corners.

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Yay shadow! This stuff is great. It’s super pigmented. The shimmer colors aren’t so shimmery i can’t wear them to work but are still perfect for a night out. The matte colors are awesome. I have been experimenting with a whole range of colors in this palette. I keep to the lighter side when I’m going to work and play with the entire range when I’m going out using everything from the very light end all the way to the darkest shades.

Add some eyeliner. I have been using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Ink which is this gorgeous deep navy. I do it above my upper lash line and on my bottom water line.

Follow that up with two coats of mascara and I’m good to go!

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What are your favorite eyeshadows? Any make-up tips for a newbie? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

 

What I’m Wanting #1

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Fall is fast approaching its end and I’m starting to plan for colder weather and everything that goes with it. That includes changes in what make-up I’m using, different nail colors, different skincare, and an excuse to find new accessories.

1) Bag– I have this problem wherein I never actually go shopping for purses. I have one cross-body bag that was a birthday gift ages ago and doesn’t hold much and then I have this old Harry Potter print tote bag that I’ve been carrying around for years. I’ve been slowly developing a crush on this bag from Target, though. It’s reasonably priced (part of the reason I haven’t gone purse shopping in literally years) and it actually seems to hold a fair amount of stuff. With my theatre work, I need something that can hold a 1-2 inch binder without being too much of an inconvenience. This one looks like it might do the trick!

2) Watch– The big chunky watches that everyone seems to be wearing are growing on me. Add to that a quickly growing love of this rosey gold color and this watch seems right up my alley. Alas, I have incredibly tiny wrists. Most watches and other wrist wear doesn’t fit me and I often find I’m relegated to children’s sizes as even the smallest adult size is usually falling off my wrist or won’t stay in place. Maybe with a little luck and a lot of hunting, I can find something similar to fit me.

3) Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette– I’m a bit newer to the make-up game. My cousin introduced me to the Naked line of palettes and this one seems absolutely perfect! Its cost is a wee bit out of my price range right now but maybe the holidays will bring the ability to invest in this.

4) Lush Ocean Salt Cleanser Scrub– I’m a sucker for scrubs, particularly in winter. I’ve mentioned several times I have really dry skin? That means a diligent scrubbing regime once the temperature drops outside.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this scrub and I love Lush. While I usually make my own scrubs at home, this one seems like one I will be trying in the near future.

5) Necklace– I love the chunky gold chain necklaces that have been making appearances everywhere. I haven’t wanted to commit to one just yet but winter- when bolder looks can be experimented with- seems like as good a time as any. With the ongoing relationship I have with Nordstrom Rack, this one seems as good as any!

6) Essie nail colors 1 & 2– I love deep nail colors for the colder weather. They match all the darker hues everyone is wearing. And with the love I have found for essie, these two colors are just perfect!

7) Lipstick- As with nail color, I like playing with darker makeup as things get colder. I’ve always been a little afraid to commit to a deep shade of lipstick. Perhaps this is the season it will happen.