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Favorite makeup brushes

Hello gorgeous beauty junkies. Today I want to talk about my favorite brushes. I talk lot about my favorite products but never seem to get to what I love to apply them with. I use beauty tools as much as possible because since I am acne prone, I don’t like applying makeup with my hands. Now, some people prefer to use their hands, but I’m not one of them. I will apply most of my skincare with my hands but I will use a beauty spatula to get products out of jar packages to not contaminate it. Now I am a beauty brat so I have two favorites for each area so that I have a back up when the others are getting cleaned. My favorite brand brushes are the ELF black professional line and Lancôme. Two totally different ends of the price spectrum (lancome brushes are mostly natural hair brushes). Other great brands I enjoy are ecotools, real technique, and random no names from ebay. If it’s a good brush, it’s coming home with me loll. So lets jump right in with no specific order shall we.


For liquid foundation there is only one brush that fits the bill for me right not. That is the ELF flat top powder brush ($4). This has been my holy grail brush for liquid foundation for years!! I actually own 4 of this exact brush for back up. Now if I want to switch it up, I will go to a beauty sponge from real technique or earth therapeutics. It is a dense brush which makes buffing foundation into the skin a breeze. It’s even great for buffing primer into the skin as well. The price is unbeatable so why not. I even share the love with this one. Roz boog ( my mom) even has a few.


For eye shadow I love a good crease brush and a lid brush. For the crease I love the Lancôme blending shadow #17 (29.50). Now this brush is expensive but it blends out shadow effortlessly. It is super soft and the long natural hairs makes it easy to bland out any harsh lines. An alternate brush for me is the Luxie 227 blending brush ($12). This one is a little shorter hair but is just as easy as the lancome #17. For the lid I use the ELF “C” brush ($3) which is the perfect size to quickly get color on the lid. Another great one is the Wet n Wild large shadow brush ($1). They are almost the exact same brush.


I haven’t really been into the blush lately. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good rouge on the cheeks (lol mom) but I’ve just been going for the bronzy glow you can see from the international space station look. But when I do hit the cheeks with a little something, I love the ELF complexion brush ($4). It’s a beautiful big soft brush that deposits just the right amount of color. My other favorite is the same shape but a little smaller is the ecotools powder brush ($7.99).


For under eye concealer, if I don’t use a sponge, I like the Lancôme duel ended foundation and complextion brush #26 ($47). This brush is the perfect size to blend out concealer under the eye with the lager side and the smaller side is great for the inner corner of the eye.


To set my under eye I go with the ELF blush brush ($3). I’m not sure why they categorize this brush as a blush brush because it is tiny. Maybe a blush brush for a doll. But it’s great to set the under eye with. The brush is so soft and perfect for that delicate area. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek and contour #25 ($40). Again I don’t know why they would consider this as a cheek brush either but I digress. This brush is great because it is two sided and the smaller side can be used in the inner corner of the eye to set that are. I like the inner corner set well because my eyes sometime water.


For all over face powder, I love a giant soft brush to set my face with a light layer of powder. For this I love my Lancôme powder brush #1 ($48) or the real techniques powder brush ($9.99, sorry no pic cause mom kinda borrowed it and never gave it back js). They both are super soft and so easy to use. Evenly distributes powder without looking cakey.


For bronzer I have been obsessed with the Flower beauty powder brush ($15). It is the perfect size for an easy natural bronzer on the face. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek brush #6 ($43) which is great and more structured shape for contouring as well as bronzing.


Now last but definitely not least, my favorite part of makeup (right now). HIGHLIGHT!!!!! I get my best brushes for highlight on ebay. I mostly like to use fan brushes of almost any size. They are cheap and easy to replace if it’s not the one you like. I’ve found duplicates of expensive Nars brushes and even some natural hair brushes for no more than $5. If you are looking for something specific like a certain shape brush, I think ebay is always a good place to look.

Well folks those are my favorite brushes. Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!!

Smooches

Kim B

Makeup Tool Review: Molly Cosmetics Silisponge

Beauty junkies this is for you. Today I will be reviewing the iconic overly talked about silicone sponge, the silisponge. You know the one that is all over instagram that was sent out to every person with more that 1,000 followers. This sponge is silicone which is very different from the popular beauty sponges. Well the rest of us seen it, and some of us actually got our hands on it. Since the hype was so real, this little thing was sold out everywhere. I got mine on Molly cosmetics website which was sold out but you could buy it and they would send it out once it came back in stock. It was on sale for $9.90+ $5 S&H and I was able use a coupon code from one of the insta beauty pages Dupethat that gave me a little discount (10% I think). Each order comes with one sponge. These are my pros and cons of this product.


Pros:

This product soaks up ZERO product. since it is a silicone product, there are no pores for the liquid to soak into which saves you tons of monies.

It’s hypoallergenic and does not harbor bacteria.

Easy to clean. Just use mild soap and water. While applying makeup you can just use a makeup or baby wipe when switching from one product to another.

Small, compact, and easy to travel with. No need to get wet for it to be used properly.

No expiration date. Only time it needs replaced if the silisponge gets damaged. It will take a lot for this thing to get messed up. It is very durable.

It is an inexpensive item. It’s almost always on sale and you can find a coupon code to give you some extra savings. Without all that, is still cheaper than the original beauty blender.

Cons:

Shipping took FOR E VER (in my sandlot voice). It took a month to get this in. I understand with the influx of popularity and the fact that they were sold out played a factor in the time, but goodness there are beauty junkies out here needing a fix. Ya killin us.

Takes a little longer to use than a brush or traditional beauty sponge. Where it is silicone, it doesn’t press the product into the skin as easily. you have to use patting motions so that your foundation doesn’t go on streaky. And where to silisponge is small, it doesn’t cover a lot of surface space on the face.

Cannot be used with powder products. Yeah not gon happen. The surface is too slick.

Conclusion:

I like this product and I use it often. I use it when I know I have the time to sit down, turn on some music, and beat the face. I also like to sometimes like to apply my skincare and primer with it when I’m feeling boujie loll. Once I got the hang of it and how much less makeup I needed to use, the easier it was to use. Clean up is a breeze, and my foundation comes out flawless. I can even get my bb creams to have more coverage. Now in a time crunch, I use my ol’ faithful, Elf power brush or earth therapeutics beauty sponge for my foundation.

Well beauty folks that’s my take on the silisponge. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B