I often find myself wanting to put makeup on people – so these are a few pics from two Saturdays ago, when I dolled up my darling friend Sarah, who was so much fun to work with; I can’t wait to make her look like a high-class hooker again sometime!
Don’t mind the eyebrows – I feel like I must be part Lebanese, but damn I do my best to keep them under control. My new vanity is really helping to make me even more makeup-crazy! I had so much fun doing this look. And now all I can think of are ways to make it look even better. Sigma brushes are the best thing that has ever happened to my makeup collection. Their vegan Mrs Bunny Kit rocks my world!
With September well on it’s way to its end, and October close by, I thought it was high time to embrace (albeit reluctantly) the fall season and all of the colours that make me think of all things fall! Browns, reds, oranges, yellows, and everything in between!
There are a few products in my collection that really stand out to me as great colours for the fall season, and in this entry I will be showcasing these products to you in all of their glory! I’ve got two nail polishes, one blush, and an eyeshadow that I will be raving about today.
Our first polish is a Nicole by OPI nail polish in The Right Thing. This bright orange polish has a slight shimmer to it with a tiny hint of pink to it. This colour reminds me of squash, and vegetable gardens, and has a kind of harvest feel to it. Okay, so maybe I’m reading way too deep into this nail polish colour, but I’ve worn it many times and this is the feeling I get from it. It’s colours like this that help me enjoy fall!
Second, is a Sephora by OPI shade that screams cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. Rumba Romance is its name, and to be honest I am not sure if it’s available at Sephora anymore because I did buy it on clearance. The colour is a beautiful bronze-pumpkin-esque shade with small shimmery bits! Hello, pumpkin pie! I don’t even care for pumpkin pie much, but this shade makes me want to dive right in!
Onto our blush! The particular blush that gives me fond memories of fall is a blush by Nyx in the shade Terra Cotta. Nyx is most definitely one of my favourite makeup brands that constantly surprises me with new and exciting products that are great quality and also cruelty-free. This particular shade is a shimmery light brown with a pink-hue to it. I love this shade for fall because it reminds me of the colours of leaves you crush under your feet as they fall from the trees. It is subtle, can work relatively well to define and contour, and the shimmer adds that little extra oomph to your look!
Annabelle has some delightful products, and the product in particular that I’m including in this entry is their mono eyeshadow in Brown Frost. I brought this mono eyeshadow because I had been tempted to try out their products from a Beauty Guru on YouTube. This eye shadow is so versatile. It has a shimmer, but it is very subtle when applied to your eyelids. It blends beautifully, and is a lovely rich brown that is gentle enough for day to day, but can also be used to intensify an evening look. Browns, bronzes, and oranges are my favourite colours to wear on my lids for fall, and Brown Frost compliments them so well.
There we have it! Colours that inspire me during the fall season! I hope this helps ease you into the fall season and inspires you to try out some of the products mentioned!
I was sipping some ginseng green tea with honey out of a new massive mug a friend got for me for my birthday (it came as the base to an edible fruit arrangement), and I thought it was time to get my ass in gear and write about some freakin’ makeup brushes! (Here’s a secret: I was also thinking about how badly these eyebrows need some work) This is what I pulled out of my brain:
So you’re looking for some makeup brushes, and you don’t want to spend $25+ per brush. But at the same time, you’d like brushes with a certain level of quality to them. I am no brush connoisseur, but I do know where you can get brushes at a better-than-you’d-think level of quality for an extremely low price. The great thing about this company’s brushes is, if you feel like upgrading, you can go from their Essential line, to their Studio line, for only an extra $2!
I bet you’re curious as to who this company is, if you don’t know who I’m talking about already. I first heard of them on YouTube amongst the beauty community; a common aside was the “well, everything cost me only $1 each”, and curiosity got the best of me!
Late last summer, I placed my first order with E.L.F., or Eyes Lips Face, and I ordered a modest bundle of goodies, ranging from their All Over Cover Stick, to several different eyeshadow quads(the ones I got were in Butternut and Drama). I also picked up my first few E.L.F. brushes. These were from their Essential line, where EVERY individual brush costs $1 each. If you are new to makeup, these are definitely great to get started with.
In the photo below, here we have four of the brushes from E.L.F.’s Essential Line. From left to right: their Brow Comb & Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush (which I obviously have not been using for concealer), and their Eye Shadow Brush.
I have found the brow comb pretty handy when shaping my insanely out of control eyebrows (I must have some Greek heritage in me), and the eye shadow brush works pretty damn decent considering the price. The bristles on these brushes are soft and feel quite nice on the face. I tried the foundation brush for foundation application, and I wasn’t a fan. It is very soft, but I prefer to apply foundation with my hands, or a stippling-type brush. Personal preference, that’s all! As for the concealer brush, I found it pretty useful when it came to smudging pencil eyeliner or shadow around my lids. I usually use my fingers to apply concealer, so I have never used this brush for the purpose it was designed for.
Now we must proceed onto my second E.L.F. order that I placed, which includes the Studio line of brushes.
After one successful order, I thought it would be fun to try some products from other E.L.F. lines. I ordered five different brushes from their Studio line, after I have heard mostly positive reviews, and I wanted to try them out for myself!
Here they are on the right! In order from left to right, we’ve got their Kabuki Face Brush (soooo soft!), Powder Brush, Complexion Brush, Eyeshadow “C” Brush, and Small Angled Brush.
When I am not using my old stippling brush for foundation, I use the E.L.F. Studio line’s Powder Brush! It is great for spreading foundation into the crevices around your nose, and blends very well. The Complexion brush is great for blush and bronzer application, or even a mineral veil a la Bare Escentuals. The Kabuki, I also love for blush and bronzer, and it is so damn soft! The Studio line’s Eyeshadow “C” Brush is definitely better than the same brush from the Essential line. It really packs on the colour and blends well. The Small Angled Brush is fun to use for eyeliner, or shadow on the lash line. I prefer using my Quo Angled Eye Liner Brush, because it gives me a more precise application. E.L.F. has one as well, so try it and let me know what you think!
I accidentally forgot to include the one brush I did not like from the Studio line in the above photo. The Contour Brush did not work very well for me. I felt the bristles were extremely sparse and poorly put together (it almost came apart one of my first times using it!). Bottom line was, I just didn’t find a good use for it, and it didn’t contour very well. Alas, it only cost me $3 (actually, they had a sale of 55% off everything at the time, so I paid less than that – go me!).
I have heard some complaints from people, who say that E.L.F.’s brushes aren’t densely packed enough, and their bristles are more sparse than some higher-end brands. I can agree with this when it comes to the Complexion Brush. It definitely isn’t as dense as the Powder Brush, but I use it for blush and bronzer, and don’t want massive amounts of colour on the brush anyways.
If these brushes cost me what most brushes cost, I would definitely be more harsh. But even some of these brushes compare to the higher-end brushes, with similar quality and performance. Not does E.L.F. indicate which of the Studio line’s brushes are vegan friendly (quite a few), but the entire company is PETA certified and Cruelty-Free! BAZINGA!
If you’re new to makeup, or just don’t have a ton of money to fork over, E.L.F.’s makeup brushes can get you ready for your day or your night out. You don’t have to spend a lot to get good quality brushes that will last. I’ve had my Studio brushes for about 6 months, and I use them almost everyday.
E.L.F. currently has a sale (which they frequently do), on their Mineral line, which is 50% off the entire line! Please go check them out, and tell me about your experience!
Well, my tea is all out! Time to go fix these damned eyebrows and wash my hair! Hope you enjoyed this, and happy Sunday!
My mother insists I go to the Easter Vigil every year at her church, and while I am not a Christian, I don’t mind getting dressed up all pretty and making her happy at the same time. Plus, there’s always an awesome after with wine and other goodies. Love it!
I thought I’d take pictures of the makeup look I did, although I wish my lighting was better so you all could better see my eyeshadow colours.
The colours were much more bright in person. I’ve got to figure out how to get my lighting right. I used these purple and pink-ish colours because of the pastels that come with the theme of Easter. Spring also makes me think of pinks and purples, and the weather has just been getting really nice, so I felt in a pinky purple mood.
It is just a very simple look. Here’s a breakdown of the products I used. Moisturizer: Origins VitaZing, Primer: TooFaced Primed and Poreless, Concealer: ELF’s All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige, Foundation: Revlon Photoready in 007 (ha!), Blush/Bronzer: ELF’s Blushed/Bronzed compact, Eyeliner (tight-lined and water-lined on upper and lower lashes): Buxom Lashliner in Suede, topped with Nyx pencil liner in Black, Mascara: Nyx Doll Eye Mascara (Volumizing), Eyeshadow: Stila’s poetic (lid), chiffon (inner corner), and flamingo (crease and outer corner). On my lips I’ve got Smashbox’s lip enhancing gloss in Tease.
I had so much fun doing this look; I hope to be able to show off more, and get my lighting worked out so that the colour can be shown off. I swear it looked better in person. Thanks for reading!