Who doesn’t love a good makeup brush right? With the ELF Brush Set your face is literally all set! I have been an avid fan of ELF brushes for some time now. I recently did a blog post on my must have drugstore brushes (find it HERE) and ELF was of course featured. In recent months ELF launched a whole bunch of new goodies and this Ultimate Brush set was one of the new releases. It comes with 18 brushes with roll for $55. That comes out to roughly $3 a brush and I think that is a beauty win considering some brushes in this set individually are priced between $4-$6.
One of the brushes that is included in this set is the Flawless Face Brush and I am obsessed with it. I have the original one in black and it retails for $6.00. I use it for my MAC Studio Fix Powder foundation and it packs the product on beautifully!! Another fav of mine that is included in this set is the Flawless Concealer Brush. Its $3 and works. Its not too big or small and its gentle. The brushes are Vegan-friendly and can be used either wet or dry products. Also with this set is the metallic, also vegan leather brush roll which is perfect for travel and a space saver!
Recently on my INSTAGRAM (Come find me HERE) I did a poll if my followers would buy this ELF Brush Set and the the percentage in favor was extremely high!! I hope this posts helps you to decide if this is for you. This also makes a fabulous gift for the beauty lover in your life! Happy Shopping!!!
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” You don’t blend in, but your makeup can – leave them stunned with the Real Techniques Blend + Blur Brushes”
Real Techniques brushes are a staple in my beauty tool collection. Not only are they affordable but they perform well and get the job done! Real Techniques just released 5 new brushes to the family and they mimic the Artis Makeup brushes however these are less than half the price. I love beauty investments but when you can get a product that is more affordable that works its a win! These brushes are densely packed with oval heads for maximum blending and precision application. Per the Ulta Website they are long lasting, easy to clean and its unique curved design to easily fit in your hand.
5 brushes total (All Over, Foundation, Contour, Cheek and Eye shadow)
Beauty Talk: What do you guys think? Have you tried this type of shape before? I had always been taken back when this style first came out but within the beauty community I know many that love it! I am excited to give these a run and let you all know what I think. It makes me happy that there are affordable options especially from Real Techniques who have earned our trust in putting out quality products.
Here are some of my MUST HAVE Real Technique Brushes and other affordable makeup brushes:
When it comes to Makeup Brushes you do not need to spend a ton of money for results. There are soooo many fabulous options at the Drugstore and for this post I want to talk about my 5 must have drugstore brushes! Not only are these affordable drugstore brushes but also all under $10 and can be found at Ulta Beauty & Target!
Elf Cosmetics Flawless Face Brush – $6.00: This brush is absolutely perfect for powder foundation. If you have been following me for a while you know I am a huge MAC Studio Fix Powder fan. Because the brush is a bit more dense it packs on so much product. Its so soft and is not too big either. The size is actually another great feature. Its compact enough to fit in a smaller makeup bag. Some days when I am doing my makeup on the train I will use it for my powder foundation, bronzer and then blush.
Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush – $6.99: New to my collection but only after a few uses I am in love. This brush actually gave me this idea for this Drugstore Brushes post lol! This blends out concealer without streaks and the bristles are nice and soft which is important for such a delicate area of the face. When it comes to pot concealers using a brush makes them so much easier but I have been using this for all of mine.
Real Techniques Powder Brush – $9.99: When it comes to setting your whole face this brush will be your best friend. I do not always set my whole face but when I do this is the only brush I reach for. The size and shape allow product to sweep over the entire face effortlessly. I have also used this for powder foundation but found the Elf Face Brush to work better. However this can be a multi – tasker in your collection!
Real Techniques Blush Brush – $8.99: Blush is my fav and when you have the right tools it is even better. With the shape you can get product perfect on the apple of your cheeks or can even use this as a bronzing brush to carve out your cheek bones. Another multi – tasker but I prefer this as a blush brush!
Elf Cosmetics Small Stipple Brush – $3.00: The cheapest on this list yet can do so much! I have used this for liquid foundation, cream blush, cream bronzer and cream contour. This brush is fool proof and a must have!
What are your must have drugstore brushes? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share and pin!
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Elf Cosmetics has really stepped up thier game this year. There have been so many new releases and you all know I love a good beauty deal. Elf Cosmetics has some gems that I use all the time and for Fall they have gone above and beyond. The whole month of September they are kicking off 30 Days of NEW NEW! Starting September 1st they will be releasing a brand new product every single day of the month! This weekend they are launching 6 new shades of their liquid matte lipstick. These lippies are only $5 and already come in 5 shades. See them here.
Per the ELF Website:This Liquid Matte Lipstick leaves a long lasting, gorgeous matte finish. The formula is enriched with Vitamin E to help nourish and condition the lips. The slim, diamond shaped applicator gives you flawless application in just one stroke!
Whether you are looking for a vampy look or some fun nudes, you are covered! I already own Tea Rose and Praline and they are just as gorgeous!
What do you think of the new shades launching? Will you be picking up some of these new lippies? Let me know in the comments below. To see the other products that have already launched head over to their INSTAGRAM as they have labeled the days to make it easy to see what has already launched!
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When it comes to a quick makeup face we all want to be able to just slap it on and go. With two kids and working everyday I have found products that make my 5 minute makeup routine work. It does not require a lot of tools either which I prefer because sometimes I am doing my makeup on the train on my way to work (guilty! lol). Who else does this? Please tell me I am not the only one! Even if I don’t have all the tools I need as long as I have baby wipes lol or makeup wipes in my bag I am just find with using my hands and fingers.
Do I think you need these exact products? Not at all but these are the foundation products I have found that I need for the “I don’t have time and I need to look awake makeup and only have 5 minutes!” #momlife
5 Minute Makeup Products:
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Jouer Tinted Luminizing Tinted Moisturizer: Whatever BB Cream or CC cream works for you this is a must. Or maybe you need more full coverage so you have your favorite foundation that works best for you. I just prefer to be able to squeeze it on my hands, put it on my face and keep going. The Jouer tinted moisturizer is one of my favs because its luminous enough to wake up my skin but does not leave me looking greasy. I am in shade Golden which also gives me a beautiful natural color. Sometimes foundations without adding tons of other face products you can looked washed out. I can just put this on and it looks nice. This one also comes in MATTE, see it here.
MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Stick: I love this concealer for quick makeup days. Its very blendable and creamy, easy to apply because its a stick, has medium coverage and is a natural matte finish. I use shade NC 20
Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer:This bronzer is a dupe for hourglass (See my DUPE LIST HERE) and is only $6!!! Its available in 3 shades at Ulta and gives a perfect amount of warmth to the skin without looking to dark. It also has a beautiful shimmer to it but not glittery at all. I also brush this on my eyelids to give my eyes a wash of color. I have been using bronzer as an eyeshadow for some time now and absolutely obsessed!
MAC Blush in WARM SOUL:Where has this blush been my whole life?!! I am not sure what took me so long but this blush pretty much has a cult following and now I know why. Its the perfect nude blush. Its described as a “mid tone beige with gold pearl”
L’Oreal Mascara: Honestly you can put any of the L’Oreal mascaras in front of me and I will use them. The newest one L’Oreal Paradise is on the top of the list but you can not go wrong with Original Voluminous, Carbon Black or Lash Paradise. If you don’t own any of these I strongly suggest them. I prefer them over any high end mascara!
MAC Great Brows& Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel: So lets just say my eyebrows are thin (insert being a teen in the 90’s here) and do not have great shape to them. If I don’t fill in my brows even the slightest when I have on makeup, I don’t feel put together. I have tried a few different powders but MAC has won me over once again. I personally love the Dior Brow Style Pencil as well but in a hurry I just take the powder fill in a bit and lock it in with the Anastatsia Clear Brow Gel. I know this brow gel is expensive but it literally keeps everything in place and my powder and or pencil product in place which I need.
A NYX free standing store has finally landed in the Chicago area and I could not be happier. NYX Cosmetics offers some of the best quality at the drugstore with affordable price tags (insert my fav $6 concealer here lol). You may be thinking, what makes the free standing store so different from the massive selections available at Ulta?!!?? Trust me I thought the same things until I had the pleasure to attend the NYX Store Opening Preview Event. It is not a very large store, maybe a bit smaller than your average free standing MAC store. However I will say the amount of products offered by NYX Cosmetics is anything short of amazing along with the features the store offers. We are use to seeing the products offered at Ulta or even Walgreen’s but once you are inside a NYX Store you are taken back.
The store is located inside the Woodfield Mall right outside MACY’s on the lower level. The walls are covered from top to bottom with products with NYX colors: black, white and hot pink! Its my dream lol When you walk in you see the Beauty Bar where you can swatch, watch and play! The NYX Makeup Artists are on hand to answer any questions and best part?!! They offer one on one lessons with a NYX Makeup Artist where you can learn pro tips and artistry tricks! How fun is that!!?
NYX Store Features:
Testers, Testers, Testers
Create your own eye shadow palettes
Take Home Foundation Samples
Digital Assistance with Product Scanners
TESTERS: When it comes to makeup we all want to test it before we buy it. Whether you want to see or feel the product or if you want to just see the shade on your lips the amount of testers available are endless.
SHADOW & LIP BAR:These walls will just take your breath away with the options of lip products and single eye shadows. The Eye Shadow Bar offers single pans to fill in either a 4 pan palette or a 9 pan palette. With these prices you can not go wrong!
Single Shadows: $4.00
4 Pan Palettes: $12.00
9 Pan Palettes: $28.00
TAKE HOME FOUNDATION SAMPLE: I think I was in such awe of all the beauty around me I totally forgot to do this!!! If you have been with me for a while you know I am not huge on Matte Foundation but for $7.50 I was curious and plus a girl can always just add in some liquid highlighter. This feature is something we only see at High End makeup stores and counters so in my opinion this is a game changer for affordable beauty.
PRODUCT SCANNERS: I absolutely loved this feature and had some much fun. If you follow me on Instagram, I did a full preview of this feature on my stories. You take a product, scan it and all the product details will show up. What the product does, how many shades are offered and customer reviews. You also get to see any social media pictures that have been tagged with that product.
I would highly recommend a visit to not only this store if you are in the Chicago area but if you have a free standing NYX Store near you! With endless amounts of affordable products and in-store features you are sure not to leave empty handed, I know I didn’t!
What are some of your must have NYX Products? Have you been to a free standing NYX Store? Would love to hear your thoughts and experience below.
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It is no secret I love a fab find especially when its under $10 and from the drugstore. Out of this list only two are over $10 but trust me they are worth it! On Tuesdays on my Instagram I like to showcase products that are $10 or less because lets face it, there are some gems at the drugstore. When it comes to must have drugstore products, these 10 products are tried and true, always in reach and in rotation. To see my other fab finds on Instagram use #10orlesstuesday to see my posts.
Drugstore Product List: (click product to shop)
Milani Blushes: I love blush, like really really love blush. Milani Blushes are so affordable, come in multiple shades and have such pretty packaging. Who else is a sucker for classic pretty packaging? Shades I love and use most often are Rosa Romantica and Luminoso (see some Milani swatches HERE. They go on so smoothly and blend like a dream. Its like using a High End Blush.
NYX Butter Glosses: If you are a gloss type of person and have not tried these you must! For under $5 and 34 shades to choose from you are guaranteed to find a shade or two, three or five lol They are very comfortable on the lips, not sticky and provide a nice amount of color. You can wear these glosses alone or over your favorite lipstick for an added pop of shine!
L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: Want affordable foundation that will give you a beautiful dewy glow with medium coverage that looks like your skin? This is the one to try. It is so versatile and has become a Holy Grail product. I mix it with my moisturizer, use it alone or I will mix it with my matte foundations for a boost of hydration and glow. My skin is combination but I still prefer to be hydrated and will blot my T Zone when needed. If you have dry skin you will love this foundation!
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: For $2.99 this blush goes on like High End but will give you more money in your pocket for more makeup! Hehe!!! Two nude/peach shades that have stolen my heart are Apricot In The Middle & Rose Champagne
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: This bronzer will warm up your face and sculpt it while smelling like you are in the tropics! The name is true to its formula because its extremely buttery, blends like a dream and I can say this is a pretty darn close dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer.
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer: Not only does this make my pores look smaller, my makeup lasts all day. I love this one specifically because its clear. Other pore filling primers are a nude color and I have found the others I have tried (Smashbox, Benefit and Dr. Brandt) have clumped up on my skin. So this one is a winner for me and gets the job done!
Milani Lipsticks: If you have been following me for a while you know MAC Lipsticks are my absolute favorite but when it comes to drugstore lipsticks Milani are the best. They are so close to MAC and I love finding MAC dupes with Milani Lipsticks. There are so many shades and different finishes to choose from. Pigmented, comfortable on the lips and no funky smells and or tastes. One thing I can not handle is a lipstick with a ton of fragrance in it. Who else is like that?
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Smooth & Dewy: Another fabulous drugstore foundation that will leave you looking natural and dewy. I love natural makeup and have found so far these two to give me that at the drugstore. The coverage is medium and will last all day on your face.
NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer: This concealer is $5.99, full coverage, comes in 20 shades, infused with coconut oil so it gives the most beautiful dewy finish and is a dupe for Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. The ingredients are almost identical, trust me you can not go wrong with this one. It does not crease on me and I usually don’t need to set it (but I know that is a preference – see my Top Dewy Concealers HERE)
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: One of L’Oreal’s newest products has me jumping for joy! If you are already a L’Oreal Mascara fan this most certainly is one you need to try. If you are new to L’Oreal mascara you wont be disappointed. The amount of length and volume that is achieved will have you putting all your other mascaras to the side. PS if you want to try a mascara primer I highly recommend the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer.
What are some of your must have drugstore products? I am always on the hunt for a good deal! Please make sure to subscribe and Pin away on Pinterest if you loved this post!
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First I would like to say I am so sorry for being MIA on my blog the last few weeks. I was out sick but I am doing good now and Thank You all for your patience. Being active on Social Media is so much fun but I truly love sitting down and writing because I feel like I am talking to all my friends about our love for makeup. So Thank You for being here!! Ok I wont make this a sappy post lol Lets move on to the makeup! I am a newbie to the L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and I am obsessed! It was literally a week after having it that I heard the Pro Glow family was expanding to a concealer and a powder. I just knew I had to try them both. PS not sure what took me so long to try this foundation.
$9.99 with 8 shades available. I am shade Creamy Natural. I prefer my concealer not to be super lighter than my skin because I enjoy a more natural makeup look.
Per Ulta’s Site: Discover L’Oreal’s pro inspired Infallible Pro Glow Concealer that provides glowing coverage for up to 16 hours. Sculpt and highlight features while you correct and conceal imperfections. The lightweight, ultra-blendable formula allows you to customize your glow with luminous, buildable coverage.
$12.99 with 8 shades. I prefer the shade Creamy Natural but could probably use the others I purchased as well but it depends how you are going to use the powder
Per Ulta’s Site: Discover a pro-inspired powder that provides a lasting, glowing finish with L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Glow Powder. Skin is left feeling smooth, soft and even; never cakey, never shiny. Buff onto skin for a subtle glow or build highlight onto key features.
$12.99 with12 shades available. I am shade 205 Natural Beige which I thought may be a tad too dark however 204 seemed too pink so I went with 205 especially since its summer.
Per Ulta’s Site: L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a pro foundation with an all day glow!
Lets talk Concealer first since I cant get over this concealer kick that I am on. I think its just a forever addiction I will have lol. At my first application I noticed a paint smell. This is not super uncommon with some products but it went away quickly and was not in all the shades I purchased. The coverage is buildable but if you are looking for full coverage this may not be for you. I prefer this type of concealer so I am enjoying it however I didn’t notice a real glow or very dewy effect and for some reason I was expecting it to be realllllly dewy. It was just the right amount of dew as most of you know if you follow me on Instagram I do not like a matte concealer. The applicator is a doe foot application which makes it very easy to apply and I love that. If you are into lighter weight makeup that is dewy you most certainly need to check this concealer out. I think its perfect for summer or those no makeup, makeup days (which is usually my go to)
The powder can be used three different ways: Set your foundation with the non shimmer side of powder, Highlight your face with the shimmer side of powder or for an all over glow. As you can see below its split into two different products per say. The top part has a shimmer in it and the bottom does not. I know I wanted the all over glow so I went in by swirling my powder brush into it and applied it directly to a fresh moisturized face. It gives a bit of coverage and does give you a subtle all over glow but I do use a ton of skin care that makes my skin glow already. When I need those quicker makeup days I reach for my MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder Foundation and I wanted to see how this would compare and it just did not provide the coverage I would like. However I think this is a fabulous affordable setting powder by using both sides to set your foundation for a subtle all over glow or even to set your under eyes it works.
When it comes to the Pro Glow Foundation it gives me the most natural looking base with a beautiful glow that does not make me look too shiny. I went to breakfast with some family while I was trying it out and they said my makeup looked fresh and like it was my own skin. That is exactly what I look for in a foundation so I can not recommend it enough!!!!
Who else is in love with the Pro Glow Foundation and who has tried these new editions to the collection? I would love to hear your thoughts and what products you are using these days to get your glow on!!!
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Milani just added two new blushes to their very popular baked blush collection. Its no secret that blush is my thing, my weakness, my ultimate beauty obsession so when I found out two more shades were added ANDDDD they were on Target’s website I jumped on them fast! The Milani Baked Blush collection is priced under $8 bucks and go on the cheeks with just enough pigment. Shades in the collection range from nudes, berry and pinks to the iconic peach shade luminoso.
I mean look at how gorgeous these blushes are!!!Bella Bellini is pink with a golden shimmer in it. It reminds me ALOT of Nars Orgasm (stay tuned I am working on Dupe List III … See my other dupe listshere &here). Rosa Romantica is a perfect nude peachy pink with a light golden shimmer, basically for me it is blush perfection! The Milani site states the shade is light pink but for me it swatches more peach/nude. I use to be all about the pink blushes but now I just want everything to be nude, peach or bronze lol! I cant be the only one who feels this way hehehe!!!
Shades Top to Bottom:
I wanted to round up the rest of my Milani Baked Blush collection and give you swatch comparisons and just some more gorgeous blushes to swoon over! Trust me if you do not own any Milani Blushes you most certainly need at least one in your collection. Perfectly priced, you can grab them at your local target or target online, blend like a dream and the pigment is just enough!
Swatches top to bottom:
Gorgeous right? I would say if you are looking for an affordable perfect spring / summer blush the Milani Baked Blush collection has you covered! What is your favorite Milani product? Will you be adding these new shades to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Spring Beauty Lovers!!!!
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Its $10 Or Less Tuesday and I am so exited to talk about the New Skin Kiss Makeup Revolution Highlighter collection that is sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty. $10 or less Tuesday is such a fun day for me as a beauty blogger. I truly love finding affordable makeup. Even if you have a bigger budget who doesn’t love a good find for less money?!!? I know I do! I grew up on drugstore makeup and even though I do love my higher end products sometimes drugstore products are just as good if not better! I love a good highlight especially when its a natural look, something I can wear daily or even layer for a bigger pop for a night out!
These highlighters are are described on the Ulta Website: “Kiss skin with a healthy-looking glow! Makeup Revolution’s Skin Kiss is a crushed pigment highlighter that brightens and adds a natural touch of illumination throughout the year”
Three shades available (Peach Kiss – Ice Kiss – Golden Kiss)
Pan Size is very big! So not only are these affordable but you are getting a lot of product
As I swatched them they felt pretty good. I am not a fan instantly when a highlighter feels hard or gritty. Does that make sense? Anyone else feel this way? Honestly I think I am spoiled with BECCA Highlighters because those are like butter and if we are going to talk about favorite of all time they are BECCA for me. These are indeed soft. At first I was not sure if they seemed too glittery or chalky but as I swatched more and tried them on, they are not. It is indeed a nice glow that can be subtle for everyday or built up for a night out. These are finger swatches and I did not need to press hard for pigment.
Swatches from Top to Bottom: (Click shade for easy shopping!)