Favorite Beauty and Makeup Tools

I’ve been asked quite a bit, especially when I used to work for the makeup department, as to what my favorite makeup brushes were and what are essentials tools to use for everyday makeup so I thought, why not post some of my favorite brushes and tools here? I use all of these items for everyday makeup looks and not just for photoshoots or special occasions. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t use ALL of these at once obviously, and I have more brushes and such in my makeup cart, but these are the brushes and tools that I use the most that work the best for me.

As far as brands go, there are many makeup brands that  produce and sell brushes, sponges, etc., but these are the brands that I happen to really like that are also affordable. If another brand works for use, by all means use it. Hope these suggestions help you decide what to include in your makeup collection and what essentials you should have in your arsenal.

One Disclaimer: I love the Morphe brushes, not because they are trendy and a lot of youtube beauty gurus use them. I truly love how blendable they are and help you apply your makeup flawlessly. Their prices are right also and can be bought online at Morphebrushes.com as well as their stores.

FOR THE FACE:

Original Beauty Blender- By now pretty much everyone has heard of and tried the beauty blender and there is a reason for that. It helps your foundation go on flawlessly. The beauty blender sponges are a lot different than sponges you find at the drug store even though the cheaper ones are marketed to look like the original ones. Honestly in the long run, it’s better to pay the twenty dollars for the actual original beauty blender that will work better and last longer than the cheap knock off drug store sponges that don’t really work and make your foundation come out blotchy.

   The only other makeup sponge that works well besides the beauty blender is the orange Real Techniques Sponge which you can get at Target and some of the drug stores but it’s not cheaply made like the drugstore brand sponges and works very well at applying your foundation beautifully.

Another essential tool to have in your makeup collection is a powder puff. You can get them pretty much anywhere and they are super cheap. They are perfect for blotting any excess oily or shine you make have during the day. They are easy to throw into your bag for quick touch ups.

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Big fluffy Powder Puff Brushes- A large fluffy powder puff brush is an essential in doing makeup. You can basically use whatever brand you want for this type of brush. It just depends on your preference, if you want it firm or soft, etc. This brush is good for your powders such as concealing powder, setting powder, and blush. I found my beautiful purple and rose gold brush online and my larger one is from the brand, Matto.

Kabuki Brush- I love kabuki brushes because the way the bristles are formed allow the brush to hold more of your product which is great because you end up having to use less. The best kabuki brush I’ve used is the one from Bare Minerals. I use it for my powder foundation such as my Bare Minerals and MAC studio fix. The bare minerals kabuki will last you forever also.

Morphe M510 brush- Great for highlighting!

Eco Tools Highlighting Fan Brush- I love the brand eco tools and you can find them at target and drug stores.

EYE SHADOW BRUSHES AND TOOLS:

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*These eye shadow brushes are super blendable and apply your eye makeup smooth and flawlessly.

Morphe tall blending brush M441

Morphe M443 shadow blending brush

Morphe Silver G26 shadow brush

Eco Tools Angled Shadow Brush- Perfect for adding crease colors

Shiseido Eyelash Curler- This is the best lash curler I’ve ever used! It is a little more pricey than curlers at the drugstore because it’s from Shiseido but it’s not crazy expensive it will last a long time and the refills barely cost anything.

 

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New Favorite and Some Misses

Here is Part 2 to my previous video in my last post on here. Here are some more products that I love and some that I should’ve saved my time on. Thank you to everyone who reads and follows my site here and also thank you to all the people who watch my youtube videos and subscribe to me channel. 

XOXO Carlie

 

 

SugarPill Cosmetics “High Tea” Liquid Lip Bundle

HighTea_bundle_grande   I bought the Little Twin Star Collection but didn’t really review it here mainly because I used the entire collection in my last photoshoot and have been tweeting with the fabulous people at Sugarpill on how much I loved that collection. Yesterday I received my Sugarpill “High Tea,” Liquid Lipstick collection and I’m already in love. Every color is something that I would wear on a daily basis and of course the liquid lip formula is fantastic. Sugarpill and Jeffree Star Cosmetics are my two favorite brands that have the best liquid lip formulas.

Here is my NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT MY LOVE FOR SUGARPILL COSMETICS! Also are the beautiful swatches and names of the gorgeous “High Tea” colors. I’m wearing “CLINK” in my pictures here! Thank you Sugarpill Cosmetics for another fabulous product and for being my favorite makeup brand.

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Here’s a BIG TIP AND TRICK to BOUNCE BACK YOUR SKIN

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You all know I try ON A LOT OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS and doing MANY BEAUTY REVIEWS. Anyone who wears or tries a lot of skincare and makeup products that they have never tried before and don’t know how they’ll react to your other products and skin need to remember that not all products you try will react perfectly with you skin.

If you notice your skin getting dry, dull, noticing new acne popping up, etc., IMMEDIATELY STOP USING YOUR NEW PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE USING A BUNCH OF PRODUCTS AT ONCE. ESPECIALLY ONES THAT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT BEFORE AND/OR JUST STARTED USING.

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After you stop using the beauty products that are affecting your skin in a negative way, go back to your normal skincare routine. This will definitely balance and bounce your skin back extremely fast right after you stop testing your beauty products.

******ALSO YOU MUST ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED! DRINK WATER AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I’M NOT SAYING OVERLOAD YOUR KIDNEYS BUT WATER IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET YOUR SKIN LOOKING BACK TO NORMAL AND HEALTHY.

HOPE THIS BIG TIP AND TRICK HELPS YOU ALL! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, LIVE THEM BELOW!  THANK YOU FOR READING AND FOLLOWING MY PAGE HERE!! LOTS OF LOVE!

None these photo images were taken by me.

Makeup for the Spa

I love wearing makeup and being creative but whenever I get a spa treatment done, I’m obviously not going to do a full face of makeup. Especially if I go to get a facial (duh) and when you I get massage, even if I’m wearing eyeliner, my makeup still sometimes get smeared or giving me a “heroin chic” look.

Here’s how I do my face up after my skincare to get spa treatments, depending on what treatment I get of course, facial, massage. Also my spa necessities I bring with me.

For makeup if I’m getting my massages, my go to is Bare Minerals matte loose powder foundation and loose original mineral veil loose powder. If I’m skin is acting acting up, I’ll bring my MAC studio fix powder foundation compact just curl lashes, put clear brow gel on my brows, and a lip treatment.

For a facial I just bring a toner that will soothe my skin like Fresh Rose Water Toner. I’ll also bring my MAC powder foundation to use ONLY if I’m feeling self conscious.

The most important thing is for me to have my sunglasses. Especially coming out of a soft lit spot and then going into the bright light. Always bring them with you.

Here’s some spa beauty tips for ideas if you’re feeling self conscious and can’t go into these spas without anxiety. Thank you for reading.

Tips and Tricks on How To Stop Your Foundation from Oxidizing

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Because I wrote that short but harsh recent article,“Major Beauty Misses!” 

    I decided to do a tips and tricks post on how to keep you foundation from oxidation. I already provided two previous tips in my “Major Beauty Misses” article, don’t buy those two products.

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1. USE A PRIMER– This should be a no brainer because almost everyone uses primers now a days.

A primer will create a barrier between your skin and the foundation, which should help prevent it from reacting with your natural oils which stops oxidation. 

If you have combination skin, consider using an oil-controlling primer on your T-zone and a hydrating primer on the rest of your face.

Speaking of Primers,  here are some good things to remember when buying and using primers depending on what you skin you have:

A Mattifying Primer would be great for your T-zone, with a Nourishing Primer on dry areas on you face. 

2. Blot your SkinAfter you apply your primer, take a half-ply of clean tissue and use it to blot your face. Do this again after applying your foundation—it will remove any excess oils and moisture to help the foundation colour to stay true.

3. Go Oil-Free- You will most likely have luck switching to an oil-free formula foundation, as fewer oils might mean less chance of an oxidative reaction on your skin.

4. Balancing Your ph Level- Depending on your skin care routine, the products you may use, exfoliators, moisturizers, or depending on your skin type if it’s dry, or oily, your ph level may be off. 

HERE’S A GREAT TIP ON HOW TO RE- BALANCE YOUR PH LEVEL:

An idea for your skincare routine is apple cider vinegar as a toner. Since oxidation can be triggered by skin with an acidic pH level, you could try balancing it with the ACV.  According to Dr. Karen Hammerman, a New York dermatologist, “Skin is naturally acidic but when vinegar is used as a toner, it helps skin find the ideal balance between dry and oily.) Make sure to dilute it, though—say, one part vinegar to two parts water—and apply with a cotton pad.

HOPE THESE TIPS AND TRICKS WORK ON HELPING YOUR SKIN AND TO KEEP YOUR FOUNDATION FROM OXIDIZING.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED RECOMMENDATIONS ON PRODUCTS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

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