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Calling All Overseas Beauty Lovers

Published March 31, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

 

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Hey doll hey!! Hope ypu are having great day/night.

If you luve outside the United States I need your help…..

I want to purchase a full face of Max Factor makeup …. I have been searching the internet for 3 days and can not locate an online store that sells it.

Could you please tell me where in your country you have seen or purchased Max Factor Makeup or if there is a website that you know of that sells Max Factor Makeup?

Thanks in advance,

Remember ….Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

March week 4 Beauty Haul

Published March 24, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!!! How are you doing? Great I hope. Just popping in with a small beauty haul and swatches…. All swatches are on bare skin with no primer and in 1 swipe. Let’s jump into it ….

I created another ColourPop palette. It’s $24 for the 12 shadows and the zpalette. The picture on the left is without flash and the picture on the right is with flash. Each shadow on it’s own goes for $4.50 a pan.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash …. the colors from left to right are: Liar Liar (a pale pink metallic), Ringer (a  champagne metallic), 20 Something (a peachy gold metallic), Bel Air (a cool taupe matte), See Stars (a medium yellow brown matte pressed pigment), and Lay Low (a soft coral matte)……

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash …. the colors from left to right are: Top Notch (a terracotta brown matte), Earthshine (a pinky lavender with a blue duochrome flip metallic), Manifest It (a fuchsia with pink flecks sequin pressed pigment), Latchkey (a vivid berry matte pressed pigment), Pretty Cruel (a berry mauve with gold flecks sequin), and Sleeper (an eggplant matte pressed pigment).

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ColourPop Creme Lux Lipstick $8, but discontinued now…. in the shade Uno Mas (a medium coral demi matte)

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

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ColourPop Creme Lux Lipstick $8 in the shade Lay Over (a medium rosy beige demi matte)

 

 

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Well that’s all for now dolls… just wanted to pop in with some swatches of my new beauty haul …. hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and are in good health. Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

ColourPop Making Mauves Swatches

Published March 20, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How you doing today? Great i hope …. Just popping in to do a quick beauty haul … I purchased the 2 blushes and palette from the ColourPop Making Mauves Collection…. Let’s just into the haul and swatches….. All swatches are done on bare skin without a base and in 1 swipe.

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Making Mauves Palette by ColourPop $14.00 for .3 ounces of product on their website. This palette has 5 mattes, 1 sequin,2 metallics, and 1 ultra metallic

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

The colors from left to right are: r&r: pale muted pink matte, solitaire: soft mauve matte,
big moves: soft lilac matte, bicoastal: pink ivory metallic, a la mode: true mauve with pinpoints of silver and copper pearl ultra metallic, , mauve on top: icy rose metallic
tongue tied: matte mauve with pinpoints of silver and violet pearl sequin, marquee: muted plum matte , and big fig: mid-tone dusty lavender matte.

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Pressed Powder Blush by ColourPop $8 each on their website. 

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Catch My Vibe Pressed Powder Blush $8 for .21 ounces of product.  This is a matte pale baby pink.

The left picture is without flash and the right picture is with flash.

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Coast to Coast Pressed Powder Blush $8 for .21 ounces of product. This is a matte soft mauve.

The picture on the left is with flash and the picture on the right is without flash.

Well that’s all dolls. Stay tuned for my Face of the Day post featuring the eye shadow palette and the blush is the color Catch My Vibe.

I hope you have a great day and that you are in good health and good spirits.

Remember…. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Quick Beauty Haul

Published March 16, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! Hope you are having a great day/night. I just wanted to pop in with a mini beauty haul. I received a few things I purchased from Amazon today and a new eyeshadow base that I purchased earlier this week.

I also have 2 ColourPop orders coming in the mail later this week and an order I placed on Joah Beauty’s website. (Joah Beauty is having a huge buy 1 get 1 half off sale that will last until the 30th of March. I purchased 25 products and only paid $20 including taxes and shipping.)

So let’s jump into this haul….

 

 

 

 

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I purchased this Jamaican Black Castor Oil off Amazon for $9.99 After watching beauty blogger Anna Bankester on her YouTube talking about a similar product that she used to promote the growth of her eyebrows and eye lashes. She has great lashes and her brows are so full that I thought I definitely have to try this tip out. I’m going to start this tonight and will check back in with you every week to see how the performance goes. Basically what she said is that she uses with a disposable spoolie and combs it through her brow hair and lashes everyday. I plan on doing it as part of my night time routine. *** fingers crossed I hope to get great results ***

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I purchased this foundation mixing palette and spatula off Amazon for $6.99. I have been using the back of a 3 wick candle lid to mix my foundations and glow drops together. The problem with this is it tends to get messy so I figured I would try an actual palette to see if it’s less messy.

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I purchased 200 disposable mascara spoolies from Amazon for $6.99. I purchased them to use with the Black Castor Oil to try and get my brows and lashes to grow. 

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I have seen this eye shadow base all over YouTube. Everyone seems to like it better than any other lid primer. I have always used Tarte Shape Tape and NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer as my base but then I stumbled onto a YouTube Makeup Artist (who is also a makeup Artist in real life) named Robert Welsh who says that for a better eye shadow application the way to go is definitely using an actual eye shadow primer …. so I set out to research what were some of the best ones to use …. this one seems to be all the rage so I thought I’d give it a try….  It’s called P.Louise Base and it’s sold on her website here for 10 pound sterling which ends up being $12.26 in the US. It comes in 11 shades with 4 shades for deeper skin and 3 shades for fair skin and 4 shades for medium skin. It also is offered in metallic shades and matte vibrant shades as well.

 

The shade I chose is 0.5 it’s the second lightest shade in the line and I thought it would be good to have a lighter than my skin tone shade to make my shadows more vibrant. What I learned from swatching this product is that…. #1 a very little goes and very long way and #2 it’s a very thick consistency. It’s not so thick that it will end up being heavy on the lids, but it’s definitely thicker than the concealers I use to prime my lids now. I am going to try it out tomorrow.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Stay tuned later this week when I haul my 2 ColourPop orders and my Joah Beauty order.

I pray that all is well with you and that you are safe and protected during this stressful time we are going through.

I hope that you are in good spirits and that you have a great rest of your day/night.

Remember, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Quick Beauty Haul For Week 1 of March

Published March 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! I finally got the last 2 items of my most recent beauty purchases and thought I’d share them with you. I hope today you are in good spirits, that you have low pain levels and high energy levels. So let’s take a look at the last 2 things from my last purchase….

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Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads $12 for 16 pads… I purchased 2 sets off Amazon. These pads are larger than I thought they would be and they are super soft. I decided to stop buying facial cotton because #1 it’s not good for the environment as they do not break down and #2 it is cost effective in the long run…. I pay $13 for 1 165 pack of facial cotton, I paid $24 making each one only $3 and all I have to do is pop them in the washer and dryer to clean them. It is recommended to wash and dry these inside a zippered laundry bag. 

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HonHey Portable Hand Held Rechargeable Fan. $13 on Amazon. I purchased this because I use my bedroom fan to help dry my setting sprays on my face so I don’t end up with splotches of makeup where the setting spray lands. I decided to pick up a hand held one after I saw someone on YouTube use one and thought …. hmmmm now that’s a great idea…. This fan comes fully charged and come with a USB cable to recharge it. 

Well that’s all for now dolls. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day/night and remember…. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Beauty Haul for Week 1 of March 2020

Published March 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
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Just received my beauty purchases from last week today

Hey doll hey!!! Hope you’re having a great day/night. I’m coming to you with a new makeup haul…. so let’s jump in and see what i purchased…. *Side Note* All swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and with only 1 pass of my finger. I will leave the links to as many products as I can that I have purchased just in case you’re interested in purchasing any of the items for yourself…. Please note, I purchased all products myself and none of these links are affiliate links.

Let’s start this off with a few beauty room necessities ….

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These are the hand towels I use at my makeup vanity in the morning to wipe my brushes on and to dab extra makeup off onto. I also use these to wipe away any makeup residue on my vanity. I fold them into 1/4 and use 1 side a day for 4 days and then pop them into the wash. I get them from Amazon for $22 for a 12 pack and find that I only need to purchase them 1 to 2 times a year.

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I purchased these laundry bags (a 2 pack of 3) from Amazon for $8 to use with reusable bamboo facial rounds that I purchased… I will be getting them in the mail tomorrow and wanted to wash them before using them and so I needed a laundry bag…. the facial rounds come with 1 but all the reviews I read said that the bag was too small to wash more than 2 so I thought I’d try a bigger bag …. look out for my review of both this bag and the facial rounds later this week.

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I needed more acrylic storage for my pressed powders, blushes, and highlighters that did not fit in the storage towers that I already had, so I purchased another one. I now own 4 and I love them so much…. I have 1 for my bronzers, 1 for my blushes and my highlighter, 1 for my pressed powders and 1 that has the spill of bronzers, blush, pressed powders, highlighters. These can be used standing up like you see in this picture or laying down in a drawer…. they fit perfectly in the drawers of the Alex 9 drawer unites you can purchase at Ikea and are each compartment is tall enough that you can typically store 2 pieces in each one.  Each unit is 8 1/2 inches wide by 2 and 1/2 inches deep and 9.8 inches tall and each compartment is 3 wide long by 1.75 inches tall. The company that makes these little gems is call By Alagory and Amazon sells them for $22.

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I needed a new acrylic covered makeup brush holder but the ones that I have are no longer being sold so I had to go with a different design. The company that makes this style is called Newslly and Amazon sells it for $39.

The two pictures on the left are my original acrylic makeup brush holders. I’ve had them for 2 years and really need to by some acrylic cleanser to get them as clear as the new on the right. The top picture of the left side holds all my foundation brushes, medium sized powder brushes, and big fluffy powder brushes. The one on the bottom of the left side hold all my eye brushes and brushes I call utility brushes (stuff like nose contour, gel liner, concealer, and fan brushes just to name a few). In the new brush unit I store my contour and bronzer brushes, blush brushes, duo fiber and highlighter brushes.

And on to the makeup purchases….

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer: I purchased mine off Amazon for $11.99 for 1 fluid ounce. This primer is billed as an AGE-DEFYING PRIMER: Infused with 5 Filtering Luminescent Pearls to blur imperfections & deliver a spotlight glow, this age-defying primer blurs, corrects & protects, making your complexion radiant. This is such a pretty face primer! I have been enjoying it the past 2 days. In the pictures bellow the one on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Catrice Cosmetics Light Correcting Serum Primer: I purchased this off the Ulta website for $10.99 for .494 fluid ounces. This is billed as having a candlelight-inspired golden shimmer that can be added  to your foundation for a subtle illuminating effect, or apply alone for a highlighting glow and can also be added to your body lotion for an all-over glow. This is a repurchase for me. I’m almost out of the one I purchased when I did my full face Catrice look and review and I just love this product so darn much! It makes every foundation look so dewy and so pretty. I have even worn it alone when I’m not wearing makeup. In the pictures bellow on the left is without flash on the right is with flash.

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I purchased all 3 of these on the Ulta website.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: I purchased this foundation at Ulta for $12.99 for 1 fluid ounce in the shade 202 Creamy Natural. It comes in 12 shade with 4 shades for deeper skin tones and is billed as a pro foundation with an all day glow with up to 24 hours of wear. I’ve never tried this one before so I will use it in my Face of the Day post for tomorrow. The pictures bellow are left is no flash and right is with flash.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer: I purchased this at Ulta for $9.99 for .21 fluid ounces of product in the shade 01 Classic Ivory. It comes in 8 shades with 2 for deeper skin tones. I think I have used this before but I can’t remember what I thought about it… I will use it in tomorrow’s post as well

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this is the concealer with flash … I forgot to take a picture of it without flash.

Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops: I purchased this at Ulta for $14.99 for .25 fluid ounces in the shade 507 Day Break. There are 2 shades, this one and a more bronzed color. Just from the swatch I can tell that a very little bit goes a long way and that this is super pigmented. There is no glitter in this liquid highlighter. Photos bellow are left no flash right with flash.

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Loreal Brow Stylist Definer: I purchased this at Ulta for $8.99 for .003 ounces of product. It comes in 7 shades.  I just ran out of the one I had so this is a replacement. This is a phenomenal brow pencil!

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Ardell Latex Free, Vegan Duo Brush-On Adhesive With Vitamins: I purchased this at Ulta for $4.54 on sale (it’s $6.49 regular priced) for .18 fluid ounces. This is the only lash glue I have ever used and this one is a back up because I’m down to 1 back up and 1 that is almost done.

The next products I purchased of the Profusion Cosmetics  website. The first 4 pictures are all part of the 19pc Makeup Brush Bundle I purchased this for $69.99 on sale (it’s normally $92). I did not take pictures of 5 of the brushes because they are duplicates of the brushes I posted in yesterday’s 2 months of makeup brushes review .

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The last 2 brushes in this picture came as part of a set in the WAY TO GLOW ILLUMINATING KIT the first one is the precision highlight brush and the second one is the tapered highlight brush…. these 2 brushes are way too small for me to use as a highlighter brush so i have reassigned them as eye crease brushes.

Profusion Iconic 3D Faux Mink Lashes : in the style Big Tease $7.00 for 5 pairs. They look super cute… I will try them out for tomorrow’s Face of the Day post.

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Profusion Way To Glow Illuminating Kit  $15 for 1 fluid ounce of Liquid Illuminator, 3 loose pigment highlighters in the shade Rose Gold, Icy White, and  Champagne, 1 tapered highlight brush, and 1 precision highlight brush.

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The Liquid Illuminator is very thick and a bit fiddly until it’s completely blended in and is billed as being able to blended into your foundation for all over luminosity or used as a base for the highlight powders.

The right picture is without flash and the right one is with flash.

The loose highlighting pigments… rose gold, icy white, and champagne. The left picture is no flash and right picture is with flash.

Profusion Lash Out Loud Mascara : $4 and is billed as being equipped with buildable fibers you can actually see, take your lash game to the next level with this clump-free formula that instantly lifts, volumizes and lengthens your lashes.

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Profusion Good Brow Day 2pc Kit : $8. Comes in 4 shades, I purchased it in the shade Dark Brown.  

Profusion Eye and Cheeks Artistry Palette : $10 and comes with 12 eyeshadow shades, 4 blush shades, 2 highlight shades, and 1 pro series brush. The brush that comes with this palette is really good quality … as good of a quality as the rest of their brush line is, that’s super impressive because normally the brushes that come in palettes are crapy. Let’s take a closer look at the palette…..

Left is with no flash, right is with flash. From left to right the shades are: Lush (muted peach satin blush), Breath Taking (a mid-toned coral satin blush) Diamonds (a gold toned champagne highlighter), Great (a berry satin blush), Bashful (a blue-toned pink satin blush) and Heartfelt (a champagne highlight).

 

Left is with no flash, right is with flash. From left to right the shades are: Whipped (a bright cream matte), Love (a mustard tan matte), Antique (a gold metallic), Honest (a dusty peach matte) Mic Drop (a bronze metallic), Cookie (a terracotta brown matte).

Left is with no flash, right is with flash. From left to right the shades are: Chatty (champagne metallic), Embrace (a grey-toned tan matte), Terrific (a taupe metallic), Bestie (a grey-toned mid brown matte),Comeback (a deep camel brown matte), and Tease (a very deep grey toned brown matte).

The blushes in this palette felt a bit chalky but swatched creamy. The matte eye shadows seam hard pressed but swatch amazingly smooth. The metallics are creamy and very pigmented.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Thanks for spending time with me. Stay tuned tomorrow when I try on as many of these new products as possible. Remember, save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

2 Months of New Makeup Brushes Haul

Published March 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How is everything going for you today? Great I hope. I made 5 makeup brush purchases this past 2 months that I have been testing out behind the scenes to see what was good and what didn’t work out for me. I had wanted to do this post last week but I just didn’t have the energy and pain level that would allow for me to deep clean my brushes to get good pictures for this post. Last night I was able to wash 2 months worth of dirty brushes…. I love brush cleaning day!!! I just cant’s sit upright for as long as it takes for me to wash my whole brush collection … generally it takes me around an hour to an hour and 1/2…. …. last night I was washing brushes for around 3 1/2 hours to wash all my brushes… I still have clean brushes in my collection but I wanted to make sure all my brushes were clean going into March …. I typically try to deep clean brushes every month… I wasn’t able to do it these past 2 months so there was a ton of brushes to clean.  I don’t use any fancy brush cleaning liquids or soaps… I use plain old Dove Pink Beauty Bar With Deep Moisture. I buy them in a 10 pack at Walmart for $11 and I use this only to wash my beauty tools. I love the way it smells, it doesn’t leave any residue on my beauty tools, and it leaves all my brushes soft and supple. I even use this soap to wash my beauty sponges daily. Well let’s talk new brushes….. ** SIDE NOTE ** There were 3 brushes that I purchased that are part of this haul that I used today so I had to take pictures of those brushes separately because I didn’t want to mix them in with the clean brushes … that is the reason they have a different back ground and that they are not lumped in with the rest of the brushes.

 

I made 3 purchases of BH Cosmetics brushes. The picture with the white handle brushes was a set of brushes I purchased from Ulta that came with this super cute holographic makeup bag… the pictures are of all the single brushes I purchased off the BH Cosmetics website.

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This is a set of brushes I purchased from the Profusion Cosmetics website, plus 3 additional single brushes.

This is 3 sets of brushes plus 1 single brush that I purchased from the line Real Techniques, I purchased them from Ulta. There is 1 brush missing, I had to throw it out… I got to use it 1 time and the next day all the hairs kept falling out in clumps…. sad really because I really enjoyed using it …. more on that to come later in this post.

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This is a brush set that I purchased from the Tarte Cosmetics website called the Limited Edition Back to School Brush Set…. this set can no longer be purchased, but Tarte does have similar single brushes on their website now.

Now let’s jump into the individual brush purchases and what I think about them ….

This is the Crystal Quartz – 12 Piece Brush Set with Cosmetic Bag that I purchased off the Ulta website for $29. From left to right the brushes are numbered from 1 to 12. From left to right the brushes in the first picture are the: Deluxe Powder Brush, Large Rounded Bronzing Brush, Rounded Buffing Brush, Flat Contour Brush. From left to right the brushes in the second picture are the: Large Blending Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, Domed Blending Brush, Buffing Blending Brush, Eye Shader Brush, Pencil Brush, Flat Concealer Brush, and the Angled Brow Brush.

To be honest I only purchased this brush collection because I wanted that darn makeup bag!! It was super cute. I thought I could use the brushes as decoration on my makeup vanity, however… I was missing my nose contour brush somehow … I think I might have accidentally thrown it away when I decluttered my vast makeup brush collection … so I decided to try the Flat Concealer Brush as a nose contour brush. It worked so darn well that I ended up using the whole set for my makeup application the next day.

These brushes are so soft and so well put together that had I not know that this was a drug store brand I would have mistaken them for high end brushes!!! I loved them so much in fact that I put 3 more sets from Ulta in my online shopping cart to purchase later this month (March). These brushes are nicely weighted with a sturdy ferrule (the metal piece at the top of the brush right before the bristles).  I use the face brushes just was they are meant to be used except for the Flat Contour Brush…. that brush I use to cut my jaw line when I bake the high points of my face. I never like to use a blunt brush to contour… basically I never truly contour my face… I don’t know how to contour my face correctly and almost always end up with my features looking disproportionate. I do bronze the perimeter of my face and I do use bronzer to contour my nose (I find that contour powders tend to look muddy on me so I don’t use them to contour my nose), but for the most part I steer clear of contour powders for my face.

The eye shadow brushes are just lovely!!! Simply put they our perform most of my high end brushes. This is definitely a great brush set for the price point. This would be a great gift to give someone just starting out with makeup, or for someone new to the world of makeup brushes in general… they brushes do most of the work when it comes to buffing in products and blending out eye shadows. They also hold up very well to vigorous cleansing. There was no shedding and no splitting of the hairs upon inspection after they dried …. that’s the other thing…. these brushes dried super fast…. I washed my brushes around 5:30 pm and finished washing my brushes around 9:15 pm and I woke up around 7 am this morning and all of the brushes from this set were bone dry! In fact most of all the brushes in this post were bone dry by the time I woke this morning. The only caveat was the Tarte brushes … I think this is because they are so densely packed.

This is 8 of the 15 brushes that BH Cosmetics sells. I purchased them off their website individually. First the face brushes (the 1st 3 brushes of the picture on the left side and the single brush in the picture on the right side)….. The first brush is the BH Studio Pro Brush #2 Tapered Powder $6 but on sale for $4.20 right now, the second brush is the Studio Pro Brush # 3 Small Contour Brush $5 but on sale for $3.50 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the third brush is the Studio Pro Brush # 15 Blush $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), and the brush in the right picture is the Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now. Now for the 4 eye shadow brushes in the left picture …. The first one is the Studio Pro #7 Flat Shader Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80 (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the third one is the Studio Pro Brush # 6 Blending Crease Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80, the fourth one is the Studio Pro #9 Small Flat Shader Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80 right now, and the final brush in this purchase is the Studio Pro Brush #17 Small Tapered Blending Brush $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now.

This is another bunch of seriously great brushes for a drug store price point.  They are super soft and fluffy. They have a nice weight to them and the  ferrules are very sturdy. Out of all my large powder brushes that I own the BH Studio Pro Brush #2 Tapered Powder is by far my favorite one. It’s the perfect size to buff loose setting powders into the face. In the same vein the Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight is by far my most favorite highlighter brush of all time. It’s got the perfect amount of bristles that are just the right length and just the right flexibility to buff highlighter into the skin beautifully. In fact, I love this highlighter brush so much I ordered 3 more today so that I can always have a clean one ready to use… I plan to declutter or repurchase my other highlighter brushes… this Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight brush is all I’ll ever need.

The eye shadow brushes have just enough density to blend and buff shadows perfectly. I don’t use the flat shader brushes for eye shadow, I use the larger one to apply concealer and primer to my eyelids and I use the smaller one to blend my brow highlighter out and to go around the upper side of my brows with foundation to sculpt my brows out.

I can’t get over just how inexpensive these brushes are for just how good quality they are. These brushes also held up impeccably with deep cleaning. The handles are weighted well and the ferrules are sturdy. The bristles are duo colored with white and brown hairs all throughout the ferrule.

This is 12 of the 18 Vegan brushes that BH Cosmetics sells. I purchased them off their website individually. First the face brushes (the 1st 2 brushes of the picture on the left side and the single brush in the picture on the right side)…..The first one is the BH Cosmetics V1 Vegan Large Powder Brush $6 but on sale for $4.50 right now, the second one is the BH Cosmetics V11 Vegan Deluxe Round Powder Brush $11 but on sale for $8.25 right now, the third one is the BH Cosmetics V12 Vegan Flat Top Buffer Brush $11 but on sale for $8.25 right now.

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a closer look at the 9 eye shadow brushes from the above purchase.

Now for the 9 eye shadow brushes, from left to right …. the first one is the BH Cosmetics V15 Vegan Round Crease Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the second one is the BH Cosmetics V9 Vegan Eye Precision Brush (basically a small pencil brush) $3.50 but on sale for $2.63 right now, the third one is the BH Cosmetics V19 Vegan Large Blending Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the fourth one is the BH Cosmetics V13 Vegan Brow Definer & Blender Brush $5 but on sale for $3.75 right now, the fifth one is the BH Cosmetics V20 Vegan Precision Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now …. note this brush came with a damaged ferrule but it still works, it’s just dented…. the sixth one is the BH Cosmetics V6 Vegan Large Eyeshadow Brush $3.50 but on sale for $2.63 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the seventh one is the BH Cosmetics V5 Vegan Blending Brush $4 but on sale for $3 right now, the eighth one is the BH Studio V16 Vegan Smudger Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the final brush is the BH Cosmetics V18 Vegan Flat Shader Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now.

I had purchased a high end brand of vegan brushes a while ago and never liked how scratchy they felt… You don’t get that with these brushes. These vegan brushes are soft and fluffy and a joy to work with. The bristles are duo colored with white tips andd brown roots. They don’t feel as weighted as the Pro line does but they still have a good weight to them and the ferrule on all the brushes but 1 are sturdy and of good quality. These brushes also stood up to vigorous cleaning.

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These brushes I purchased from the Profusion Cosmetics  website. 5 of the brushes are part of the Eye Essentials kit for $17.99… this kit includes from left to right …. ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow, ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow, ES5 Flat Shader Eyeshadow, ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow, and the ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow. I also purchased 3 single brushes …. another ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow $4, another ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow $4, and an ES1 Large Blending Brush $4. These brushes are so amazing that I promptly purchased the full 19 piece bundle set regularly priced at $92 but I got it on sale for $69.99. The brush handles have a Pro makeup brush weight to them. They are sleek with a matte rubber coated handle and a very sturdy ferrule. The bristles are duo colored with white tips and black roots.

Ever since I received these brushes in the mail I haven’t been able to stop using them! They feel like PRO brushes …. like really feel like PRO brushes. I can’t wait to try the face brushes in the 19 piece set. I may have to order another of the Eye Essentials kit just to have plenty of options for eye brushes….If you can’t tell I’m a bit of a makeup brush hoarder (ha ha). These brushes held up nicely to cleaning and dried quickly. The bristles are firm but soft and fluffy. The blending brushes buffed out my eye shadows so well and in such a short amount of time. These brushes truly made creating glamorous makeup looks a breeze.

I purchased these next brushes off the Ulta website. It’s noteworthy that I own over 20 Real Techniques brushes, not including these ones.  These 9 brushes 3 sets and 1 single brushes from Real Techniques . The first brush is the Setting Brush $7.99, the next 2 brushes (the orange handle brushes) are part of the Flawless Base Set  $19.99, however 2 of the brushes I gifted to a friend since I have purchased this brush set many times and have so many multiples of those 2 brushes…. The first and the last brush in the left  picture bellow are the 2 brushes I gifted to a friend. The 2 brushes I kept were the Contour Brush and the Square Foundation Brush. I use the Contour brush as a blush brush and the Square Foundation brush as another brush to cut my jaw line while baking the high points of my face. The next 2 brushes and the single brush in the right picture are part of the Enhanced Eye Set $19.99, however I used the Fine Liner Brush and the Lash Separator today and they both were way too dirty to comfortably take a picture of…. this set is the set in the right picture bellow. The 3 brushes from the above pictures that I was able to photograph without grossing you out are the Essential Crease Brush, the Shading Brush, and the Medium Shadow Brush. The last brush in the picture above it part of the Eye Shade + Blend Duo Pack $8.99. This set comes with the brush that you see in this picture above (in the light reddish purple handle) which is the Base Shadow Brush and the Deluxe Crease Brush (pictured in the single image bellow, it’s the first brush on top)…. the Deluxe Crease Brush is the brush I had to throw out because clumps of the bristles were falling out… the first day I used it, I used it as a transition brush and it worked so perfectly to blend out the transition in no time…. but the next day when I went to clean it off on my makeup towel clumps of the bristles fell out, I tried to use it any way and still clumps of bristles were falling out, I got bristles in my eyes … it was just a mess. I plan to repurchase this set so I can have that Deluxe Crease Brush again, but I couldn’t return the set because I didn’t keep my receipt.

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The Eye Shade + Blend Duo Pack

Out of all the brushes I purchased from the Real Techniques line, the stand out brush for me was the Setting Brush. It’s the perfect size and shape to use as an under eye setting brush and is, by far, my favorite under eye setting brush.

These brushes are very light weight. It feels like you’re holding nothing and the ferrules are very cheap aluminum, easy to dent when tapping your extra shadow off the brushes. The handles are a matte rubber coated material and all the brushes have bristles that are duo colored, white on the tips and black at the roots.

These brushes hold up well to deep cleaning and dry fast, however you have to spent sometime after they are dry to reshape them.

I love Real Techniques brushes, but out of all the brushes I purchased this past 2 months, they are not my favorite… save for the Setting Brush.

And Finally … My last brush purchase of the past 2 months …. the Tarte Limited Edition Back to School Brush Set $39 when it was still being sold, however I have seen this brush set on Amazon for $69.99. Also I received a free dual ended brow brush and spoolie with my order…..  Some of these brushes are still being sold as singles …. I will include links to the ones that I can find and links to ones that are similar to the ones I received in this set….

From left to right the brushes are: powder player bamboo pressed powder brush $34 but is on sale for $24 on the Tarte website, a dense foundation buffer brush…. the closet thing that Tarte sells is the the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush for $25, a Double-Ended Contour & Highlight Brush (I could not find a similar brush to this one on their site), The next brush came with Tarte Treasures Collector’s Set, which included a 13-shade eye & cheek palette plus a full-size mascara & this Double Ended Blush and Crease brush …. the closet thing I could find on the Tarte website that is comparable is the Bronze & Glow Contour Brush  $34, the next brush is the Deluxe Shader & Blending Eyeshadow Brush $24, the next brush is the Double-Ended Concealer Brush (there was nothing comparable to this brush, however Tarte does sell a Quickie Double-Ended Concealer Brush that is fluffier and less precise for $22 and the Airbrusher Double-Ended Concealer Brush which is denser for $24 , the next brush is the double-ended eyebrow brush that I got for free with my purchase and there is nothing on the Tarte website that is comparable, and finally the last brush in the set a Doube-Ended Liner Brush, there is nothing on the Tarte website that is comparable to this brush either.

I love these brushes!! I mean all of them!! I use the Powder Player brush as a foundation brush and the foundation brush as a bronzing brush. These 2 brushes are densely packed but extremely soft . These 2 brushes do not dry fast but held up beautifully when deep cleaned. The Double-Ended Contour & Highlight Brush I use as a blush brush and concealer blending brush and the rest of the brushes I use as they were intended for use. The remaining brushes are all soft and fluffy and blend and buff makeup so well. Out of all my higher end brushes this set of brushes is my favorite. All the handles are made of sustainable bamboo, the bristles are all vegan, and the ferrules are extremely sturdy and made of a good quality metal.

Well…. Thanks for sticking it out to the very end …. I truly appreciate your willingness to read through all 3,000 words of this post…. I hope that you are having a great day/night and that life finds you in great spirits.

Stay tuned Saturday when I do another Makeup Haul post, see ya in tomorrow’s post and remember….. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick,

XOXO

 

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