Four brushes for blending and crease work

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Real Techniques essential crease brush, Urban Decay Naked2 brush, Sigma E40 tapered blending brush, MAC 222. 

 

The search for the perfect crease brush can be both long and hard, but when you find one you love then the struggle is worth it. It sounds dramatic, but a bad crease brush can be the root to a lot of frustration.

Now, I feel like crease brushes and how you like them are quite individual. For example, the MAC 222 brush is my favorite for blending shadow into the crease, but my friend finds it way too scratchy. I enjoy the tapered brush head and the way it works the shadow into the crease without getting it blotchy. The Sigma E40 is good for blending colours together, as well as washing colour all over the lid. A perfect “do it all” brush. The Urban Decay brush came with the Naked2 Palette and it’s double ended; one end is good for patting on shadow (although I use it for concealer) and the tapered side works great for blending – as long as you’re patient. LAstly we have the Real Techniques essential crease brush. I love using this for defining the crease, and I find that it’s the perfect brush for blending dark colours; it’s so small that it’s precise, but still very efficient.  What’s your favorite crease brush?

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The Bobbi Brown Lipstick

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So lately I’ve been trying to branch out and not opt for the nude or the my lips but better pick when choosing my lipsticks. I felt quite dearing when I bought my last Chanel shade (and still do, but love it every time I wear it). Recently I have tried to grow my love for the shades I already own, and one of these shades is the 22 Sandwash Pink from Bobbi Brown.

I mentioned this one in a post a good while back, but as I searched around my lip stash the other day I realized I haven’t worn this for a long time. One reason is that the Sandwash Pink is quite a red pink, and I often feel like the bluer shades go better with my skin. As I’m a warm skintone this throws me off, and I keep trying to make it work. The shade also bleeds a lot, so I have to pair it with a lip pencil. The NARS Bettina actually works good as a base colour for Sandwash Pink, both products being quite matte they stick well together. If you have any suggestions for what to pair this shade with, let me know!

A favorite pick from the Naked 3 palette

IMG_9624I have a huge bbundleof love for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I have all three plus the Naked Basics, and I have never regretted purchasing them – even though they are quite pricy. I go on and of on which palette I use the most, and also which colours I prefer. These last couple of months however, I have been sticking to the Naked 3 Palette and three shadows from this little baby.

Burnout (the colour where the brush head is strategically placed) is a gorgeous red shimmery shade. I would never think of putting a red on my eyelid, but this one works amazingly with my eyecolour (an undefined shade of blue/green/grey). The shade next to that guy is Limit, a soft and cool brown. This is perfect for light definition, and works great with my third favorite; shade number seven from the right is Nooner. Quite similar to Limit but darker, it is a perfect crease colour as it creates a subtle, but defined look.

 

MMM Replica “Lazy Sunday Morning”

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Do you remember this post for the weekly Beauty Craving? Well I purchased this perfume a month a go, and I am completely and utterly in love.

As I mentioned in the BC post, there is something masculine and sexy, yet fresh and flowery about the “Lazy Sunday Morning” scent. I really feel like Maison Martin Margiela captured something unique with their Replica perfumes. The bottle in itself is gorgeous, quite understated compared to many perfume bottles, and perfect for keeping on the vanity. I also love the way the scent stays on me during the day, and even for those really early morning commutes, it’s never offensive or too much. I just love the smell of soft skin and bed linen, and this way I can keep Sunday with me all week long.

ESSIE Wicked

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I am just stating this for reference now: This is the perfect autumn nail polish. Okay, now that’s said, the ESSIE Wicked is an all time favorite when it comes to the “so dark red it’s almost black” kind of shades (more on my love for them here).

In the picture above it actually does look black, and I do find that it turns darker over time. This picture was taken four days after application – and no chips ahead! I thank my trusted top coat for that. I usually go for two coats of Wicked as the first coat tends to get streaky and uneven, but I you’re the patient kind then one coat will do. That will give you are more red than black shade. I really love how this colour goes with everything for autumn, but especially with charcoal grey and dark green. These dark shades are just the epitome of fall!

The Beauty Bloggers made me: Thisworks Deep Sleep

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So these two have been around for a long time. Ever since I first started watching YouTube and reading blogs, I feel like the thisworks products have been the talk of the town. When I recently was reminded of them once again,  I turned to FeelUnique and made the purchase.

Now, I am no stranger to pillow sprays. I really enjoy them, and I do feel they make a difference. If not actually making me sleepy, the scent is relaxing and makes the time I spend under the sheets that more comfortable and valuable. But when I purchased the spray there was a offer for the spray plus the stress less rollerball. I remembered Lily Pebbles mentioning this little guy in a travel video, and as I suffer from a phobia of flying I had to try it. I will be doing some traveling during November and December, and cannot wait to see if this rollerball will calm me down a bit. One can always hope for a miracle, but at least I’ll be having my panic attacks in a nice smelling environment, right? 

Shadows for the crease

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Lately, I haven’t been one for a lot of eye makeup during the week. I used to be all about the made up look, sporting at least three different shadows on a daily basis. Lately though, I either go for the one wash kind of shadow, or nothing at all. Another option to the one shadow look, is the defined crease.

These microshadows form Make Up Store are my two favorites for some everyday crease work. The top one is a deep chocolate called “ghetto” and the darker, cooler brown is called “deadly“. I tend to reach for deadly when I’m just doing the crease, as it’s a greyish-brown and works great on its own. It is also a good option for black when lining the lashes with a shadow. When I’m doing a warm smokey eye, ghetto is my go-to shadow. Ghetto also works great for contouring of the face, if I feel like doing the whole Kim-K thing. The Make Up Store microshadows are highly pigmented, and are a dream to blend – as long as you give it some time. They can also be used with water or fix+ to deepen the colour, a good option for when you’re doing the lashline. I really enjoy working with Make Up Store shadows as they are finely milled and great to work with. Also, the pots are huge so you have these babies for ages.