Favorite Makeup Brush Brands

Real Techniques-Out of all the brands listed, Real Techniques is the most affordable high quality brand. I know I’ll probably say that all of the brands are very affordable, which they are. However, Real Techniques has the best prices for the best quality without a doubt. My favorite brush is their Buffing Brush, which I use to apply my foundation. I love how the brush buffs my foundation into my skin. I have washed these brushes plenty of times and the quality is still the same. The Real Techniques Beauty Blender is the best dupe for the Beauty Blender.

Morphe-The brand is known for two things: their eyeshadows & their brushes. There has been a lot of criticism over their brushes. After doing a lot of research I decided to try their brushes out. The m439 buffing brush is the brush I own. This brush is a fan favorite and one of their most purchased brush. This brush has to be one of the best brushes for applying foundations. It is great for both liquids & powders. I also own eyeshadow brushes and these work great as well.  The quality of the brushes is amazing. They are very soft and continue to hold their quality.

Sigma Beauty– If you are looking for the softest brushes then Sigma is for you. Sigma Brushes are the softest brushes I own. All the brushes I have are soft, however, Sigma is a different kind of soft. This is because Sigma uses high quality bristles. The brushes are much bigger then my other brushes, especially the eyeshadow brushes. Having bigger brushes allows for more product to fit on the brush. I always thought Sigma was very expensive. However, if you are looking for good quality brushes then I would definitely recommend Sigma. They are in fact very affordable.

ELF Cosmetics– Elf has definitely come a long way. One of the very first makeup brands I started out using was ELF. To this day I am still using the brand. My favorite blending brush, that I use every time I apply eyeshadow is from ELF. Although the brand is cheaper than others, the quality is the same and works well. I love how they have an array of makeup brushes to choose from.

 

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Products that are worth the HYPE

Do you believe the HYPE? Do you ever watch youtube videos or read a blog post that makes you want to try a product? Do you just buy a product because you saw someone else buy it? All of these questions you probably answered yes to. It’s so easy to go out and buy a product just because of the hype that surrounds it. There are some products that aren’t worth it even though they had a lot of hype. However, there are some products that are really worth it, even though everyone has them. Below are my favorite products that received so much hype that are really worth it.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara-OMG this is the best mascara ever!! The mascara has been out for sometime now and I always saw youtube videos about this product and I felt like EVERYONE had it. I couldn’t bring myself to buy and spend $24 on mascara. Once I finally decided to buy the mascara, I fell in love instantly. The Benefit Mascara gives amazing volume and length for my lashes. I’m not exactly sure if this is a waterproof mascara, I don’t think it is. However, this is the only con I have.

Sigma F80 Brush-I’ve had this brush for abut 3 months now and I really really love it. Every youtuber uses this Foundation Brush. I didn’t want to buy for the longest because most youtubers  are affiliated with Sigma. I felt that they would just promote the brand and not give a real honest review. However, I am currently using a very liquidy dewy foundation and I wanted to try a new brush for it. The Sigma F80 Brush is amazing!! The brush is very soft; the softest brush I own.

Laura Mercier Setting Powder– I never understood the point of baking your face or using a setting powder. I have very oily skin and one thing everyone recommend was to use a setting powder. Well the only setting powder I really heard of was the Laura Mercier Setting Powder. I decided to give this a try. I bought the travel size and this has lasted me for months! There is a nice size of product available. At times the powder can be a little messy but it works so good that I don’t mind. A really nice product that actually works.

Too Faced Peach Palette– I recently bought this palette around 3 months ago. I have used it a couple of times and have found that I can use this palette for any look. There is an array of mattes and shimmers, plus an array of different colors. Every color in this palette can be used. Also the palette is very pigmented. Plus it smells like peaches!

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Colourpop Lipsticks– Sometimes its hard to think that affordable products really work. Colourpop is one of the most affordable brands out right now. The brand has an array of products to choose from and they are always updating with new products. My favorite products from the brand are their Lippie Sticks or their Matte Lipglosses. The lip products stay on all day even while I eat or drink. Shipping is very fast and great customer service.

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Would You Rather Tag- Beauty Edition

Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

If I could choose a neutral color I would definitely choose that. But I would say a dark color. Something such as brown, red, or dark blue. Bright colors are very cute during spring or summer months but during the winter, I can’t see myself wearing them.

Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

I would give up my favorite eye product. I have to have something on my lips at all times!! Moisture is very important. Since the only eye products I wear are mascara and eyeshadow, I would be able to live without.

Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Never be able to cut it again. I could not see myself with short/ no hair. However, I’ve always had spilt ends, so not being able to cut and trim those would suck. My roots and the top of my hair would be fine, just not the ends.

If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Of course clothes!!! I love clothes so much. I love makeup as well, but I don’t have to wear it, I go days without wearing it now, so it wouldn’t be a problem. However, I can not go days without wearing clothes.

Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as a lipstick because I could use it similar to a lip liner. I do not want the eyeliner to be black, I would prefer a colored liner. Applying lipstick as eyeliner seems very messy to me.

Would you rather only shop at MAC, Sephora, or Ulta?

Omg this is really a hard decision. First I would eliminate Ulta. I shop at Ulta, however, I shop there the least. Now its between MAC & Sephora. I love MAC products but Sephora has different brands. I think I would choose Sephora to shop at because they have an array of products & brands.

Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

One lip color!! I already wear one lip color right now. My favorite lip colors to wear are from MAC: Whirl & Spirit. I rather go without anything on my eyes and them look dual then have dry lips. I always wear something on my lips! Definitely a must.

 

Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Funny thing is, I kinda already wear “winter clothes” in the summer. I wear jeans, long sleeves, or jackets year round. Even though its hotter during the summer months, sometimes during the night it can be a bit cooler. If I’m going out at night then I’ll wear jeans, a top,and a jacket. Even if its a bit warmer during the day, I’ll wear jeans and roll them up.

 

Beach Essentials

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There are some products that you already know what to take with you to the beach. You know you may need a bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen, and shoes. However, this list contains essentials you may have not thought to bring or simply forgot all about. I just came back from the beach and used every product on this list. Feel free to add some essentials that you take to the beach in the comments!

A Hat-The beach is really windy despite the hot humid weather. I love wearing my hair down but it always seems to blow all over the place. Having a hat helps to keep and block the sun off your face. A hat is a must, especially for cute pics! Some people love beach hats but I love to wear just a plain black or white baseball hat.

A Camera– Recently I got a polaroid camera. I haven’t used it much because I haven’t had an occasion to use it. However, I am definitely bringing it to the beach. The scenery is perfect and plus it’s a great time to capture the memories with family & friends!

Sunglasses– This is something you can not forget!! It is always sunny at the beach. When you want to sit back and relax, throw your sunglasses on! Even if you forget these, there is probably a shop nearby where you can get a cute cheap pair. I would not recommend bringing your most expensive pair. The waves can be pretty strong or you don’t want to accidentally leave them at the beach.

Books/ Magazines– Normally when you go to the beach, you make it a day event or at least half of the day. You don’t have to be in the water the entire time. Bring a book or a magazine to occupy your time. Plus its a great way to catch up on some new reads. If you have a hard time focusing while reading, you’ll have the sound of the waves in the background or play some music.

Portable Charger-Out of all the essentials on the list, this may be the most important. A portable charger is need and necessary in the 21st century. You will be at the pool all day and it would suck if your phone died. Now I know, you shouldn’t be on your phone the entire time, but having the portable charger is something to invest in. You never know when an emergency can happen and no one’s phone is working. Plus if you’re playing music or reading a book on your phone, it drains the battery.

Speaker– Now don’t worry, the entire beach won’t hear your music. On pervious trips to the beach I always wanted to play my music out loud so my entire family could hear and enjoy. This trip, we brought a small portable bluetooth speaker. We were nervous it would be too loud and other people would hear. Infant we were wrong. We were able to control the volume. And you have to remember, no one is really paying attention to you, they’re enjoying themselves as well.

I WAS SENT A FREE PAIR OF JEANS!!!

Yes the title of this post is real! Yes I really did receive a free pair of jeans! Yes I am very happy! I rarely do post that are not about makeup or beauty. Those 2 topics interest me the most and I love to blog about each. I have done many blog post featuring Influenster. The brand sends out products for consumers to try. Plus it is a great site to look up reviews on products. Some of the items I have received from Influenster are: Covergirl Products, Influenster Ivy VoxBox, and the Influenster Twinkle VoxBox. This is my first time receiving clothes from Influenster.

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I was very nervous about getting a perfect pair of jeans that didn’t fit. I am at the stage where at times I can wear one size but then the next day fit another size. I actually have jeans from Hollister and they are one of my favorite jean brands. The size I was sent was actually a size bigger then the size of jeans I currently wear now. I am actually happy that the jeans are a size bigger. They do fit a little bit big on me but I know in a couple of months they will actually fit perfect on.

 

 

The style of the jeans I received are Low Rise Super Skinny. I previously said these were a little big on me. I know if these jeans were High Rise Super Skinny then they would be perfect. But I am not complaining! The reason I say this, is because I am a little short. Since these are already low and super skinny they are long on me. If they were high rise, then it would balance out. My favorite thing about these jeans are the bottom. I wish they weren’t as big so you could see the bottom detailing.

Besides the sizing of these jeans (which I can totally ignore because I am obsessed with them) is the material. With any jeans I own, I hate the polyester material. I hate the way polyester feels on my skin. Maybe I have sensitive skin but polyester itches me so much. The material of the jeans are 79% cotton, 18% polyester,  2% viscose, and 1% elastane. I would totally trade the polyester for more cotton.

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Now let’s talk about the price with these jeans. Let’s say I did not get the jeans for free. How much would they cost me? The tag on the jeans says the jeans retail for US$59.95 & CAN$64.95. Call me cheap but I would never spend that much on these jeans. Maybe if they did fit right & were the material I like. However, Hollister, the brand of the jeans, ALWAYS offers their jeans for $25!! Now that is more like it. I could see myself spending $25 for these jeans.

I am so happy I was sent these jeans to test out and enjoy. I am glad that this is a product that I can actually use and love!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Milani Liquid Eye

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I never wear eyeliner. This year alone, I have worn it twice and its almost half way through the year. I know its so crazy. There’s no particular reason that I do not wear eyeliner. Now I’m not the best at applying it, but I’m also not terrible. When I do wear it, I’ll do a simple line & wing. Nothing special or fancy. Lately, I’ve had a desire to want to wear it more. I decided that I would start and venture out to try new things. I ran to my local store and looked through the aisles of the store to find the perfect one. Normally before I buy makeup, I always do my research on the product. This time, I did no prior research and decided to go in blind. I picked up the Milani Liquid Eye Liner. Continue reading to see my thoughts on this liner.

 

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I only use black liner. I feel it works best for my eyes. I like to use both gel liner and a pencil liner. Although this liner is pencil, it has a gel like formula. It glides onto the lid easily and smoothly. It looks like a liquid liner and you could never tell its a pencil. Sometimes when you apply with a pencil, it can easily be uneven. The Milani Liquid eye does not leave uneven patches. Besides the black, there is an array of liquid pencils to choose from including: brown, blue, gold, and purple. The black is very dark. When I use other brands, I always wish the color was darker. I did not find myself saying this when I used the Milani liner. This liner could definitely been worn for a long amount of time. No touch ups are necessary with this long lasting eye liner.