~Makeup Brush Collection~

I got a few questions about the brushes in my last blog, so I thought I'd do a blog post showing you what brushes I love and frequently grab.  The brush holder is from Sephora, and I picked it up in LA when the zipper on my last brush holder broke.  It's a little bulky and there's not a lot of room for the brushes to be stacked.

Starting from left to right:

Make Up For Ever 158 Double-Ended Sculpting Brush, $53, Sephora
I use this brush with my bronzer to sculpt and blend.  I like that it's multi-purpose and the hairs are very         soft.
Rae Morris Brush 23: Liquid Foundation, $70, Raemorris.com.  These brushes were a splurge for me, but I just love the application.  The bristles are very soft and the  application is flawless.  I have several other stippling brushes, but having this Rae Morris brush, I never think twice about grabbing for the others.
Sephora Pro Allover Shadow Brush #12, $20.  I use this brush to apply my eye primer; and for concealer as well if I'm in a hurry and don't want to be too precise with the application.  It's fluffy but compact enough to give pretty good coverage.  It's like a mini foundation brush.  
MAC Concealer Brush.  I couldn't find this brush online, but I use it sometimes to apply my concealer. It's like a mini, flat stippling brush.
MAC 217 Blending Brush, $24.  This is a cult favorite, and my favorite eye shadow brush.  It's small enough to apply shadow to the lids, but soft enough to also use in the crease.  When I'm in a hurry this is my go to brush for both a quick lid and crease application.
Sephora Pro Shadow Brush #14, $20.  This is a great shadow brush. It's my favorite to use on the lids.
Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10, $22.  I use this to apply shadow all over my eye, as a blending brush or both.  It's soft and blends well.
MAC 193 Angled Foundation Brush, $34.  I think this brush is too small to be considered a foundation brush.  So I use it for my "must need lots of concealer" days.
Rae Morris Fan Brush 25, $20, Raemorris.com  I use this for highlighting my cheeks, down the middle of my nose, above my lips, etc.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush, $42.  I use this mainly as a powder brush if I want a little more coverage than my Rae Morris brush. It blends well, it's soft and I've had this for a few years.  Bobbi Brown makes very durable brushes.
Rae Morris Face Brush 22, $90, Raemorris.com This is the softest brush I've ever used, even compared to Shu Uemera which I thought were the softest.  It is pricey, so if you don't want to spend the money, a good alternative is the Bobbi Brown powder brush, $62, or the Real Techniques brushes are great brushes as well and super affordable (@ Ulta).
MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush, $35.  I use this brush to apply cream blushes and bronzers.  It's compact and hits the cheeks perfectly.
MAC Mini Shader Brush, $20.  I don't use this brush often, but when I do, I use it to create a more defined eye, and/or a darker lid.
MAC Pointed Eye Shader.  I also couldn't find this brush online, but I use it to create a smoky eye.
Tarte Double-Ended Camouflage tool, $35, Sephora.  I use this brush to place and set my concealer.  The spongy pointed applicator applies concealer in areas where a bigger brush just isn't as functional; sides of nose, around mouth, smaller areas.  I use the bristle side to pat concealer down wherever more coverage is needed.

Bottom Row:

Real techniques, Shading Brush, $5.99, Ulta.  I also use this as a concealer brush and it is my favorite at the moment. It's soft and it blends well.
Sephora Pro Brow Brush #20, $15. I use this brush to apply my gel liner. It's thin, precise, and a little flimsly which makes it great for gel liner.  I have another brush that I use for my brows which is the Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush, my favorite for brows.
Mint Brush 12 Concealer, $14, mintbrushes.com  I purchased these mint brushes after watching one of my favorite youtube makeup artists (MakeupbyEman) use these brushes (her own line). They are soft, functional and affordable.
Mint Brush 16 Contour, $18 I use this right now as my blush brush, but this line has recently released the powder and blush brushes which I will be purchasing.
Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush, $33.  I use this brush solely to set my concealer with powder.  It's soft and doesn't drag in my eye area.  I love it and have been using the same brush for many years.

I realized while writing this blog that I have a real problem collecting concealer brushes.  However, if I had to pick my favorites out of this collection it would have to be the Real Techniques, the Mint and the Sephora Pro brush. Sorry I can't just pick one.  Hope you enjoyed this blog!  Let me know in the comment section what your favorite brushes are.

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June favorites 2014!

With the new season comes of course new products.  I've been trying out new makeup lately and wanted to share with you what I am loving so far.

Sigma Palette: Smoke Screen, $39, sigma.com
I saw a YouTube tutorial of Sona Gasparian, a makeup artist, using colors from this palette to create a daytime smoky look.  I loved the look so much that I bought the palette and have been creating that look for awhile now. 

Sigma Blush, Born to, $12, Sigma.com
This was also part of the look that Sona created as mentioned above. Beautiful plum color.

Napolean Perdis Contour Cheek Palette, $39, NeimanMarcus
I love this palette, the highlight is not too shimmery, the blush is a beautiful flush color and the bronzer is dark enough to contour but doesn't make you look muddy or glittery.  Very comparable to Urban Decay's Naked flushed, $30, which is also a favorite!

Mac Pro Concealer Palette, Medium.
I don't use this as an under eye concealer, but it is great for covering blemishes and contouring.

NYX lip liners: Any color they have is great.
Urban Decay lip gloss: Naked, $20
Lorac pro mascara; and another favorite is the YSL babydoll mascara, $30 and Tarte's Lights, Camera, Flashes, $23 ...this is good for being out in the sun or water.  It's not waterproof, but it's pretty water resistant, and it's easier to take off than waterproof.
Benefit gimme brow gel: $22
Urban Decay eye liner: Perversion, $20

*Leave a comment if you want to know specifics about the brushes.

Next week check my blog for my Summer Must Haves!

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What's in my Makeup Bag?

A few months ago I bought a makeup bag from Victoria's Secret and ladies you all know, the bigger the bag, the more stuff.  Most of what I have in my bag I don't use on a daily basis, but I have it for those "just in case" moments.  Here's a lowdown of the products:

1. Maybelline Falsies Big Lash waterproof mascara~Black
2. Milan Infinite Liquid Eye liner~ 06
3. Anastasis Brow Duality in~ Matte Camille/Sand Shimmer
4. Sephora pencil eye liner~ Glitter Brown
5. Kat Von D tattoo eye liner trooper (Sephora VIB gift)
6. Laura Mercier Kohl Liner Extreme~ Black
7. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer~ Light
8. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer~ Beige
9. Naked Urban Decay Basics Palette
10. Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
11. Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo
12. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss~ Pinkissimo & Super Natural
13. Revlon Lip Butter ~Sorbet
14. Loreal Colour Riche le gloss~154 watermelon crush
15. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss~Sailor
16. Dior Jelly Lip Pen~636 Carioca
17. Dior Addict Lip Glow Gloss and lipstick (My favs)
18. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy~01
19. Urban Decay Lip Junkie --sample
20. Laura Mercier lip pencil~plumberry
21. Too Faced Lip Liner~Perfect nude & Perfect Pink
*Goodness I do love lip products!!!

1. Boscia Green tea blotting papers
2. Nars Dual sharpener
3. Shu Uemura eye lash curler
4. Soap & Glory Hand Food
5. Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30
6. Tarte eye liner brush
7. BBW Anti Bacterial Hand Gel~Fresh sparkling snow (yes from xmas!)
8. Three mini hair clips
9. Lalique L'Amour perfume~tester
10. Random pen

I hope you enjoyed seeing what's in my makeup bag.  After taking everything out, I realize I have a problem.
Let me know what you are currently toting around. xoxo 


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Where have I been?

Happy Summer!  Where have I been?  Well, it's Summer and I've been on a three week break from school.  I went back to school (University) at the beginning of this year, hence the reason for my absence, so that is why I haven't been blogging lately.  I really need to be better about keeping in touch though.  So update: I've tried lots of new products since the beginning of the year and have a few favorites.  I'm going to attempt to film a seasonal empties video and a favorites video for Youtube, and will also blog about them in the next few days before school starts, so stay tuned.  I hope you are all doing well, talk to you soon! xoxo

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~Favorite Drugstore Foundation of the New Year~

Happy New Year everyone! It's been awhile since I've made a blog post, but so much has happened I haven't had the time to write.  We went on a cruise during Christmas, and came home to a flooded Living Room.  Our dog decided to turn the hose on, and when he did that it seeped into the LR, flooding our carpet and such.  Needless to say, it hasn't been pleasant having a bare and echo-y living room.  Oh I remember the days when after dinner I could just kick off my shoes and relax in front of the TV.  Now, we've all resorted to watching movies in our own little corners of the world. I Will keep you posted on the progression of our LR. 
On a lighter note I'm also taking more classes at UNM this spring and have been busy planning my schedule. So now that I've rambled for awhile, without further ado, my favorite drugstore foundation since December has been: drum roll...blblblblblb (that's a drum roll sound) the Revlon Color Stay Makeup for Combination/Oily skin.  *This foundation is weightless, flawless and does last a very long time. The packaging says it lasts 24 hours, but I wouldn't know because my partying days have been over for quite some time and you should always take off your makeup before bed time anyway.  It looks good from the time I apply it in the morning at 6am to at least 10pm at night. That's a big one for me, other foundations I've tried in the past have made me look like I did hot yoga for lunch.

  *I love the way it looks and feels.  I've been applying it with a Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56.  "The brush head is densely packed with short, synthetic bristles, ideal for building coverage in layers until you’ve reached your desired finish."  I think this brush outperforms a stipling brush by far.  These two products will be definitely be making the list for my January favorites, so look out for that at the end of the month.  What is your favorite drugstore foundation?

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I am in love with this brow gel!  I've used every pencil, pen, powder, chalk for my brows, okay well maybe not chalk, but everything under the sun and this has to be my favorite all time brow gel.  According to the description on Sephora's website, it's a long-lasting, smudge-proof eyebrow corrector that fills, defines, and lengthens brows.  I've been using this product for about two weeks now and I can say that it lives up to its claims.  I squeeze a little dot on my hand, dab my angled brush in it and go to work.  It literally takes no time to apply and it lasts all day.  If your in the market for a new brow product, I highly recommend this brow gel.

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About me

Hi my name is Roberta, and I am a beauty, makeup, fashion and fitness fanatic! I enjoy wearing makeup, trying new products and doing product reviews. I've taken a little time off from Fitness competitions, to focus on my family, but I still enjoy giving advice and working with people, and will get back into competing in the near future. So stay tuned. If you have any questions, please ask:)
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