Holiday Beauty Buys for the Eyeshadow lover

When Makeup Wars decided to write about Holiday Beauty Buys I knew that I’d be writing about eyeshadows since that’s my thing. I can’t get enough eyeshadow palettes. I’m enamored with them. What I’m sharing is what I bought and what I want to buy.

FOR YOUR NEUTRAL LOVING FIEND

PERSONA IDENTITY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($32, Ulta online exclusive)

This well priced palette is a find for me. The 12 shades of neutrals make me so happy. I love the brightness of the shimmers (they aren’t glitters!!!) and the smoothness of the mattes. All apply beautifully even without an eyeshadow primer which amazes me. It’s not the same old neutrals since there’s much more variety and pizazz. And neutral lovers can never get enough of these easy to wear shades.

Persona Identity Eyeshadow Palette

Persona Identity Eyeshadow Palette

  • Humble (nudish pink matte)
  • Sassy (pearl shimmer)
  • Goal Digger (true gold shimmer)
  • Seductive (rose gold shimmer)
  • Charming (caramel brown matte)
  • Maverick (taupe matte)
  • Bombshell (metallic pewter shimmer)
  • Goddess (true bronze shimmer)
  • Audacious (burnt brick matte)
  • Chic (plum matte)
  • Bossy (burgundy shimmer)
  • Fearless (dark chocolate matte)

FOR THE PERSON WHO OWNS “EVERYTHING”

BRAVON BEAUTY

This set won’t be available until 11/18/17 but it’s a beauty and from a brand that most people aren’t aware of. I’ve been remiss about reviewing what I’ve bought from Bravon Beauty but it’s a brand I highly recommend. Just look at this beauty! Irresistibly Gorgeous 10-Piece Eye & Lip Color Collection – Exclusive Offer $72.00 / Retail Value $130.00
“LIMITED EDITION”

Bravon Beauty Irresistibly Gorgeous 10-Piece Eye & Lip Color Collection


-Magnetic Mirrored Artist Palette (holds up to 18 solo shadows)
-Velvet Matte Lip Paint-Blush Satin
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-White Star
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Lilac Pearl
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Platinum
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Brownstone
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Evergreen
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Champagne Frost
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Golden Olive
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Tuscan Rose

FOR THE TRENDSETTER IN YOUR LIFE

URBAN DECAY HEAVY METALS METALLIC EYESHADOW PALETTE ($55 at Sephora and Ulta)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this using my 20% off Sephora code but haven’t worked up the nerve to wear it yet. I just couldn’t resist the beauty of this. While I may end up wearing just the neutral side I’m excited to have the brights for those special nights when I want more of a vibe. I know I won’t be wearing every one of these but I’ve never worn every shadow in a palette. I’m sure this will bring many oohs and aahs to your holiday looks.

This set contains:
– 20 Metallic Eyeshadows in Ground (black w/iridescent shimmer), Spandex (deep blue with purple shift and blue micro-sparkle), Metalhead (deep purple), Mullet (deep green), Twisted (gold), Aluminum (warm gray-taupe with iridescent micro-sparkle), Dive (medium blue), Punk Rock (fuchsia), Amp (bright teal), Glamrock (silver), Bass (bronze), Demo (bronze-rose), Afterparty (red), Roadie (burgundy), Scream (mauve), Glory (golden bronze), Starfire (bright copper), Angelfire (pale pink), Maiden (beige), and Acoustic (nude)

FOR THE PERSON WHO WANTS IT ALL

CIATE LONDON CHLOE MORELLO’S BEAUTY HAUL, VOLUME 2  ($49)

Ciate London Beauty Haul, Volume 2

I had to add in a kit that would be more than just eyeshadow and this new Ciate’ London Beauty Haul set has 20 eyeshadows, a mini Wonderwand mascara, Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner, and a mini Liquid Velvet lip in Sydney.

The eyeshadows are a combination of matte and soft shimmers with plenty of pigment. They are a little powdery but that’s easily taken care of by applying them over a primer or liquid eyeshadow and doing your eyes first so you can wipe away the excess. There’s so much variety in the shades that you can find just about anything you’d want.

FOR THE BRUSH LOVER

UD MOST WANTED EYESHADOW BRUSH SET ($38)

Urban Decay Most Wanted Eyeshadow Brush Set

I have more brushes than you can imagine but that didn’t stop me from ordering this set. I’m planning on using it for travel so I can save space. The few Urban Decay e/s brushes I have are great so I have faith in this too. This set contains:
– Smoky Smudger Brush/Tapered Crease Brush
– Detailed Tightline Brush/Shadow Brush
– Blending Brush/Large Blending Brush

FOR THE BRUSH NOVICE

IT COSMETICS BEAUTIFUL BASICS AIRBRUSH 5 PIECE GETTING STARTED KIT ($58 Ulta exclusive)

It Cosmetics Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush set

This is for the person in your life that needs a brush collection. Since it contains 5 brushes to get them started it’s an impressive gift with some of the softest and elegant brushes around.

Airbrush Powder: Versatile use, dome-shaped head

Airbrush Foundation: Fluffy, rounded brush great for applying foundation

Airbrush Concealer: Fluffy, rounded brush head

Airbrush Shadow: Small, soft rounded head designed for the delicate eye area

Airbrush Crease: Narrow, tapered head designed to fit into the crease of the eye area

FOR YOUR SECRET SANTA GIFT

BEAUTY JUNKEES MINI KABUKI SET aka 5 piece Precision Brush Set *($16.97)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set

 

Of all the Beauty Junkees brush sets I’ve used, this is the one that I can’t get enough of. It’s on sale now for just $16.97 and comes prepared to gift. These really aren’t precision brushes for my small eyes but they are amazing blending brushes that I also use for my face. In this set you’ll have blending brushes, concealing, contouring, and a tapered brush. This is a steal and one you want in your life!

I could go on and on and on but I have to cut it off somewhere. These are all favorites of mine (or soon to be favorites) that I think will make great gifts for you and your gift list. —  Marcia


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Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber brushes, part two

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

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Just yesterday my blog partner shared her Beauty Junkees Powder Makeup Brush Set and today it’s my turn to share the new Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set from Beauty Junkees. But I have something that Lisa didn’t and that’s a discount code for you. Whatever your heart desires from Beauty Junkees at either Amazon or the Beauty Junkees website you can breathe a little easier with this code!

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Now let’s get to the good stuff. Beauty Junkees 6 brush Duo Fiber set is already a bargain at $29.97 so it’s even more of a find at $22.47. You’ll be amazed at the soft and efficient brushes in this set. Like other Beauty Junkees brush sets this comes in a cosmetic case for storage or travel. You do have to air out the case at first though because it has a small plastic odor but it’s gone within days once opened.

This 6 Piece Professional Quality Makeup Brush Set Includes: Pro Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Blush Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Fan Highlighter Brush, Pro mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush for Concealing, Pro Duo Fiber Large Powder Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Large Stippling Brush for Foundation, plus a large makeup brush case to protect your brushes in travel.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkee brushes are synthetic brushes with solid wood handles, copper ferules, and dual crimping to make the brushes last longer. I don’t get any shedding with these brushes.

Why do you want a duo fiber brush you ask… (you did ask, didn’t you?) The short bristles hold the product, while the long bristles blend to a featherweight finish. That’s what you call the best of both worlds. They work beautifully with powders, liquids and creams.

Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush:Best used for a sheer application and smooth blending of loose powder and cream eye shadows.” I use this brush for applying cream shadows, not for powder application. I have some new shadows from Inglot that I adore (review upcoming) that are perfect for this eye blending brush. It buffs the shadow on smoothly and evenly leaving my fingers clean.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Blush

Pro Duo Fiber Blush:  Best used to apply blush to your cheekbones, evenly and lightly distributing and blending the product for a sheer flawless finish.” I like separate brushes for cream blush and powder blush but this works so well on both types that I’d love an extra of this one. It’s just the right size for my cheeks and the softness is luxurious.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Fan Brush

Duo Fiber Fan Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Fan Brush: “Best used for quick and easy highlighting! Just a few easy sweeps on the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, above the lip.” Do you like to highlight? If so you need this Fan Brush. It surpasses my much more expensive Smashbox one with ease. It’s great for all over powder too. You’ll get so much more use out of this brush than you think you will.

Beauty Junkees mini stippling brush and large stippling brush

Pro Duo Fiber Large Stippling Brush: Works great to stipple liquid foundation, blends evenly and flawlessly for an airbrushed finish. Also used with BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers. Applies cream blush like a dream.” Pro mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush: Perfectly blends concealer and color corrector into the skin for a sheer flawless finish.” Yes you need two Stippling Brushes. You don’t think you do as you are reading this but once these brushes are in your hands you’ll wonder how you got along without two sizes. It’s the mini that gets used by me the most since it’s unlike the other brushes in my vast collection. It’s a great size with a head that’s 2.5 cm wide compared to the 3.25 cm large stippling brush and it fits in where a larger brush won’t.

Beauty Junkees mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Large Powder Brush: Blends and diffuses powder for a softer, more natural and flawless finish.’ This is the largest brush in the set and reminds me of my first duo fiber brush from Prescriptives and later MAC. The fibers are looser on this and the Fan Brush than the others in the set. It’s wonderful for loose powders as well as pressed powders. When you want to highlight your shoulders or decolletage this or the fan brush are what you should reach for.

Beauty Junkees has so many brush sets that are just amazing. The quality vs the prices will thrill you. One of my favorites ever is the Mini Kabuki set that has brushes that are normally only found in expensive sets. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a Beauty Junkees set. They even have a 30 day guarantee. I can guarantee though that you’ll love this set.  —  Marcia

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set

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Beauty Junkees Side by Side Part 1: Powder Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Not much makes our hearts go pitter-patter faster than the sight of gorgeous makeup brush sets, and Beauty Junkees has the BIZ all a flutter with some great brush sets that really good quality and very reasonably priced.  The bristles are synthetic and they are soft yet firm, so they pick up color and blend beautifully.  It’s good stuff that all beauty junkies will love!

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Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Today I have the Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set, and tomorrow Marcia will have the Duo Fiber set for you.

The 3 piece Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set ($20) comes with a pink satin lined zippered pouch.  Inside are three brushes with synthetic bristles:  the Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush, the Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush, and the Pro Setting Powder Brush.  These are brushes are for loose and pressed powders for face and body, and they work with mineral powders, blushes, contour powders, and highlighters.

Left to right: Pro Setting Powder Brush, Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush, Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush

A few general details about these brushes:

  • High Density Synthetic Taklon Bristles – Vegan Friendly
  • Solid Wood Handle
  • Double Crimped Copper Ferrule
  • Does Not Shed
  • Works Best with Powders & Minerals

Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush

The Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush is a nice big fluffy brush for loose finishing powder.  It’s flatter than some finishing powder brushes – I have a few that are like big round balls that are fun, but they certainly don’t travel well.  This one does the job and is a little more practical.  I like how it’s soft enough to make you super sensitive folks happy, but firm enough to hold onto that powder so it’s not flying around the room and up my nose, making me cough and sneeze all over.

Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush

The Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush is a favorite because it is a great mulitasker.  It’s wonderful for blush, highlighter, contour, mineral foundation…this baby does it all, and does it all well!  It blends and buffs like a dream.  Love it.

The Pro Setting Powder Brush gets the least amount of play from me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice…but it’s not really a necessity.  This is meant for applying loose powder over concealer under the eye to set the concealer and prevent creasing.  Nice, but…not really necessary.  Beauty Junkees also recommends spraying the bristles with some setting spray then dabbing under the eye to really guarantee no creases.

Inside the zippered bag – the Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Overall, this is a terrific set.  I would pay the $20 for the Large Powder Brush and the Brush Blush alone anyway, and the zippered case is wonderful.  I love my set and I can’t wait to read what Marcia thinks about her set tomorrow!  – Lisa

Beautiful eyeshadows from Beauty Junkees!

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The BIZ are longtime fans of Beauty Junkees, particularly their makeup brushes and sponges.  We were thrilled when they expanded to offer cosmetics, and of course not much makes us happier than eyeshadow.  Today we have two great eyeshadow options from Beauty Junkees –  a palette and some single eyeshadows – to share with you and your eyelids.  Prepare to drool over some gorgeous shades!!Beauty Junkees LE 28 Eyeshadow Palette

  • MAKE YOUR EYES POP! Matte shades are creamy smooth, shimmery shades are sexy and soft. Buildable, blendable color with awesome pigmentation for all day staying power; triple milled pressed eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. Apply sheer or full coverage; get a smooth consistent finish! Long lasting powder finish.
  • BUILD THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE! Individual pans can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette, making them portable, travel friendly and space saving.
  • INCLUDES 28 SINGLE EYESHADOW PANS 26MM WITH A LARGE MAGNETIC PALETTE AND BONUS DUO END EYEBRUSH; MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF!
  • BE UNEXPECTEDLY IMPRESSED: High Quality Eye Shadow Compares to Makeup Geek

BEAUTY-JUNKEES-LIMITED-EDITION-EYESHADOW-PALETTE-2017-2_1024x1024Lisa shares the Limited Edition 28 piece eyeshadow collection ($119)

This palette seems pricey, but let’s do some math…although I’ll need the help of a calculator because math has never been my strong suit!  The gorgeous LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees costs $119, and if we just count the eyeshadows that’s $4.25 per eyeshadow.  Beauty Junkees LE 28 Palette

The eyeshadows can all be purchased separately for $6, which automatically makes this a great deal. However, even that math is misleading because you also get the beautifully sturdy palette with a full mirror, as well as a dual-sided eyeshadow brush.  That makes this palette a terrific value – that is, if the eyeshadows are good – and they are!!

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

The texture of the eyeshadows is a bit powdery, but they have tons of pigment and are super blendable.  I am able to build them up easily for impressive color impact, and the shades are gorgeous, ranging all the way from white to black.

 Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right:  First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

First Snow is a true matte white; Vanilla Freeze is a warm cream with flecks of gold; Sugared Shortbread is a sandy gold beige; Iced Lace is a complex shade, an iridescent mix of deep brown, light taupe, and white reflective flecks; Stay Golden is a bright iridescent gold with warm yellow undertones, and Victorian Gold is a rich gold with orange undertones.

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right:  Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right:  Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right: Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Peachsicle is a peachy combination of pink, yellow and bronze; Peach Vanilla is a mixture of cream, tan, and peach; Gold Flicker is an iridescent tan, orange, and gold; Winter Wheat is a rich golden tan; Tiki Shed is a matte medium brown; Brown Canyon is a matte warm medium brown; and Grizzly is a deep brownish maroon with a surprising dark green undertone, and Stingray Gray is a cool matte grey.

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right:  Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Cosmetic Peach is a soft, neutral peach; Love Affair is a warm pinkish mauve; Rose Beige is a dark brown with pink undertones; Penny Lover is a cool iridescent combination of red, brown, and orange; Dash of Curry is a warm medium brown with red undertones; and Tiger is a matte burnt orange with brown undertones.

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Swatches left to right:  Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right: Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right:  Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Swatches left to right: Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Tuscan Rose is a matte medium rose; Crushed Velvet is a rich plummy burgundy with flecks of glitter; Brew is a glittery chocolate mahogany; Ripe Olive is a pearlized olive-green; Sonic is an iridescent forest green; and Blue Slate is a steel navy gray with flecks of white.

Raspberry Glaze is a pearlized reddish deep brow; Black Leather is pure black.Beauty Junkees LE Palette

If you are minimalist, this would the one and only eyeshadow palette you would ever need.  There are enough truly unique shades in it to justify the purchase if you are a collector.  If you haven’t tried Beauty Junkees yet, the LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect way to start.

Marcia shares some singles and an eyebrow gel

Since Lisa told you about this amazing set of eyeshadows I am ready to tell you about a few singles, their terrific magnetic makeup palette and their clear brow gel. These are all items that you would love to own.

The Large Black Empty Magnetic Palette with Mirror is fabulous for any blush, highlighters or eyeshadows you own or plan to buy. This is easily the sturdiest palette I own.

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

I own several empty palettes that I’ve filled with my own eyeshadows and blushes but there isn’t one that I’d consider traveling with except for this Beauty Junkees one. It holds an incredible amount of cosmetics. Shadows the size of Beauty Junkees own, MAC pans, Makeup Geek pans, Make Up For Ever pans, and so many more fit in here securely. You can fit 28 of those pans in this $19.97 palette. It’s deeper than most, has a very heavy duty magnetic bottom, and closes firmly. It even comes with a Beauty Junkees double ended brush. With all the cosmetics that BJ now sells this is a necessity in my book.

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

These are the 6 singles I have and I plan on buying a few more once I see what Lisa shares today.  While the Limited Edition 28 Piece Eyeshadow Collection is sold on Amazon and BeautyJunkees.com these singles are only available on their website. ($6 each).

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Oh Deer is a matte light brown. This is the type of shade that can be used as a transition shade

Citrus is a bright metallic orange just like the name implies, it’s like the sun on a very shiny day.

Steel Wool is a charcoal gray with interest, it has just the slightest amount of shimmer to it making it more than your typical gray. You can use this with a light hand for a soft gray or layer it for a smokey eye.

Beams of Light is a must have. It’s an iridescent pink white that is unicorn special. They call it pure white but it’s that pink that gets my heart racing.

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Blink Pink has a satin finish and a teeny amount of glimmer to it. It’s a soft pink that’s not chalky.

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees Clear Eyebrow Gel is just one of 4 brow gels they have. Clear is a great tamer. I have BJ’s Brown Eyebrow Gel to give me color and tame and now this Clear one (also available in Auburn and Blonde). I like to use this over a powder eyebrow shade so that my brows are smoother and the powder lasts the day. It is not gooey nor does it dry hard. It leaves a natural look so that only you know it’s there and it makes you feel confident about your eyebrows lasting through any kind of weather or conditions.

With Beauty Junkees you can be assured that your products are MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF! We’ve been so impressed with the products that we’ve been using from Beauty Junkees and can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon.

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Ingredients: Contains: Talc, Octyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. May Contain: Iron Oxide CI 77490, CI 77491, CI 77492, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Red 40 Lake, Yellow No.5, Blue No.1, Ultramarines CI 77007, Chromium Greens

Makeup Wars – favorite brushes

Each time Makeup Wars comes together to share posts a topic is decided. While we all don’t post on every one, this week’s is definitely going to be a popular one. MAKEUP BRUSHES!!! We are all beauty enthusiasts so favorite brushes is done with ease. For me though it’s narrowing down my huge collection to just the ones I use all the time. I love luv crave brushes and even though I have over 100 the ones I’m sharing today are the ones I use every week if not daily. A few were sent for review but the majority are ones I’ve purchased and would gladly do again.

Favorite makeup brushes

Favorite makeup brushes

ARTIS ELITE MIRROR OVAL 10

Artis Oval 10

Artis Oval 10

When I first reviewed Artis Oval 10 I didn’t realize that it would eventually become my all time favorite face brush. I am madly in lust over this brush. At the time I was using it for powder but I soon learned that it was ideal for foundation. It gives me the smoothest visage ever and makes my skin look airbrushed. With over 250,00 soft bristles it marries the best of two worlds with its softness and refined blending application.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

At $77 it’s expensive but the cost is small in proportion to my use and adoration. (Available at Saks and the Artis website)

MAC EYESHADOW BRUSHES

MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

My first cosmetic job was as a freelancer for MAC Cosmetics. I lived and breathed MAC and that’s when my brush collection really grew. I had (past tense) a pro discount and knew that what I used on clients was what I wanted to use on myself. They are still the eyeshadow brushes that get the most use. It might have something to do with owning duplicates of them – ahem. MAC’s eye brushes all start with the number 2 in their numbering system.

MAC 242 is my favorite since it does just about everything – lays down color, blends shadows, the tip can be used with liner, and is great with both soft colors and more intense ones.

MAC 239

MAC 239

MAC 272 sadly has been discontinued – I don’t know why though since the curve makes it great for the browbone area as well as the lid. It works the same as the 239 but it has the great angle to it.

MAC 217 was always my favorite blending brush but unfortunately the newer ones are bigger and not up to the original. I still love it though and use mine constantly. I’m sure I’ll wear them out at some point.

MAC 217

MAC 217

MAC 219 is my favorite pencil brush. Shockingly I only own 1 of these but I’d happily buy another.

MAC 219

MAC 219

The MAC brushes aren’t enough to keep me satisfied, sort of like Lay’s Potato Chips, I can’t stop at one.

BEAUTY JUNKEES MINI KABUKI SET are brushes that you just can’t beat. Fabulous for eyeshadows and even better for concealer. I pretty much use these interchangeably. At $14.97 this is affordable luxury.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Umera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Uemera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

5 other brushes that get a lot of use include the Shu Uemera 10, made of Kolinsky/Sable. It’s an extreme luxury at $95 but it’s worth it if you have the money.

Make Up For Ever 218 Medium Blender Brush ($25) is great with powder and cream shadows. I use it for blending as well as application.

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro A6 is my newest brush (reviewed here) and it’s quickly became one of my favorites. Of the three brushes I received from them I notice that I’m reaching for A6 the most. I love it as a firm blending brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Smashbox 4 was one of my first highend cosmetic brush purchases. I don’t think you can find this anymore which is a shame. It was called a concealer brush but I love it as a cream eyeshadow brush. Why do brands discontinue their best products?

Eyebrow brushes are my newest obsession and my two favorites are from IT Cosmetics and Full Brow. IT Cosmetics Build a Brow Brush 12 is unique because of the bristles. They are of different lengths so they really reach into your brows to deposit color. It works especially well with a cream brow product. Full Brow is perfect for powders. It just seems to apply the powder more easily and evenly.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

MAC CHEEK BRUSHES: There are two MAC Cheek brushes that I use all the time. For blush I like the large angled MAC 168. Some blush brushes are so big that I’d end up with blush all over so a smaller size is my jam. The other is MAC 165, I’ll use it for blush and it’s wonderful for highlighting and contour. Sadly it was an LE brush but the Tapered Face Brush 138 would do the same job though it’s bigger.

MAC 168 and 165

MAC 168 and 165

Even though I could go on forever I’ll stop with 3 of my favorite face brushes.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush is the softest, fluffiest brush. I think mine was part of a TSV (which is why you should always pay attention to the TSV!!). I love IT’s brushes and this one is a great example of what cruelty free brushes are all about.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

The Japonesque Kabuki is long discontinued. It’s similar to Nars Yachiyo Kabuki though it was less expensive. It’s not the softest brush but it’s wonderful still for cream blush. It picks up the color well and diffuses it so my cheeks are softly blushing. japonesqueWayne Goss 00 is now only available as a duo – one black, one white. I bought it in a preorder and was able to buy just the one. Go find a friend to split this duo with! This is what I expected of all my Wayne Goss brushes. This is perfection in the way it applies any powders as it just hugs my face and feels like a baby bunny. I’d use it for foundation if I didn’t have the Artis.

While I really haven’t given you many wallet friendly brushes I personally think that brushes are an investment and that they are often worth the extra money. I’m sure if I were first beginning I’d look at ELF, EcoTools, Beauty Junkees, and Real Techniques to shore up my collection. But my shares today are my best and brightest.  What brushes make you stand up and applaud?  —  Marcia

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Beauty Junkees 2017 – amazing additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

It’s always exciting when a brand that you’ve had great success brings out new products in their line but it’s especially a thrill when it’s Beauty Junkees. We have watched them grow exponentially and we are so happy that they are keeping us in the loop by sending along new products. For 2017 Beauty Junkees has recently expanded their line with 5 items that you don’t want to miss. Beauty Junkees is a paraben free, cruelty free line with most products made in the US. Let me share what I’ve been enjoying. (Read on for a discount code too.)

MAGNETIC MAKEUP PALETTE w/MIRROR ($19.97)

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

This large, deep magnetic palette is wonderful for all the pans you have. Brands like MAC, Makeup Geek, Ofra, Trish McAvoy, and many independent brands sell shadows, blushes, bronzers and more in pan form to both save you money and space. Beauty Junkee’s version has a full mirror, closes tightly and contains a great Beauty Junkee two sided eyeshadow brush. It’s actually their pro Tapered Blender and pro All Over Shader Brush combined into 1 fantastic brush.

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

The palette can hold 28 standard size shadows and accommodate different sizes and shapes (like domed shadows) with ease. It comes with a set of 10 magnetics for products that aren’t magnetized already. This has been so great for me since I bought more Makeup Geek pans along with some from Maskcara and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Now I can organize by color with ease.

TINTED BROW GEL ($12.97) The new tinted brow gel comes in 3 shades: Blonde, Dark Brown, and Auburn. It is so rare to find an auburn shade in brow products that Beauty Junkees needs kudos for that alone. The brow gel is great for all brow conditions. If you have full brows already it’s a way to add some color and groom them so they stay neat all day. If you have skimpy brows (ahem, like mine) then it gives you the ability to fill them in without any fake look. And if there are gray hairs popping up, and it does happen, you can easily cover them with this natural looking brow mascara.

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in dark brown

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in auburn

beauty junkees blonde brow gel beauty junkees dark brown brow

CONCEALER and BROW HIGHLITER DUOS ($14.97) These duos are available in 2 shades: Cool Beige + Beige Highliter and Warm Beige + Gold Highliter. I have to admit that I love them both and I’m glad I didn’t have to make a choice.

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Cool Beige is a lighter and slightly cooler concealer while the highliter is a cool non-yellow gold. It’s very brightening and looks wonderful just under the arch of your brow, in the tearduct area to brighten, and even on the cupid’s bow of your lips. It’s surprisingly subtle which is great on older eyes.

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Warm Beige pencil is a darker and warmer concealer but it’s not too dark for my fair skin. I love the gold shade of the highliter end. I think it looks great along the lashline or even on the waterline (though it doesn’t last long there).

These pencils are so creamy and easy to work with.

LIP PUMICE STICK EXFOLIATOR ($10) is perfect for this winter especially. I find it has two purposes for me: preparing my lips to be their smoothest for lipsticks (especially matte lip color) and helping with chapped lips. This moisturizes your lips but be sure you wipe it off before applying any color on your lips since you don’t want the little bits to linger. It has a light minty smell to it that reminds me of candy canes.

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

FAB NAILS ($14.97) is the perfect alternative for those who don’t polish their nails or who don’t do it on a regular basis. In some professions you are told not to wear nail polish even but you want your nails perfectly groomed. That’s where Fab Nails comes into play.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

This glass file that is extremely gentle on your nails. If you have peeling nails this will be a miracle for them. Fab Nails helps prevent peeling and chipping. Use it as a buffer in a back and forth direction to seal the keratin layers together. It doesn’t leave your nails thin like other files do. But it will help you smooth your nails. If you use this as a buffer you can go weeks and still have a shine. After using it’s best to wash it with water, dry it and store it in the protective case.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

My husband has confiscated it which I don’t mind since his nails were looking pretty ratty prior to owning Fab Nails.

Now for the code so that you can pick out something fabulous that you are going to want. The code is INFOZONE and it’s good to use for one product through 2/28/17. Anything your heart desires from Beauty Junkees can be yours for 15% less. Picking something is going to be hard since I’m loving everything I have from Beauty Junkees. And you will too.  —  Marcia

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Beauty Junkees love this Powder Highlighting and Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

It came as a surprise to us that Beauty Junkees has expanded their business to include cosmetics. We have been fans of their amazing brushes and makeup sponges for quite a while but didn’t expect that their next venture would take them into cosmetics. It’s a welcome addition and we’re happy to have been sent the Powder Contour Kit to wear and show you the versatility.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

The kit has six shades with 3 highlighting powders and 3 contour shades. The top row contains Banana, Vanilla, and Sand. There is no shimmer to these powders, although Sand has a subtle glow, so they can be used all over your face. Use them for a touch of color or use them as your finishing powder. I have shimmery highlighters so this is a great change of pace for me.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : Sand, Vanilla, Banana

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : Banana, Vanilla, Sand

There’s more variation in the shades than my iPhone photo shows but they are subtle differences.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : from top Banana, Vanilla, Sand

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : from top Banana, Vanilla, Sand

The bottom row is where the contouring comes in with Fawn, Java, and Truffle. You can easily build the colors up if you want. Since my skin is so fair I like to use the Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush to get a light covering that blends easily.

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit: Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit: Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit:left to right Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit:left to right Fawn, Java, and Truffle

There’s more variation in the contour powders and there’s a shade for everyone. This is the palette you want for everyday especially if you live a conservative lifestyle or work in a conservative workplace. You can always add shimmer to jazz it up but if you start with a matte palette like this you’ll be much happier.

Beauty Junkees How to Contour and Highlight

Beauty Junkees How to Contour and Highlight

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Palette is made in the US and is cruelty free, paraben and gluten free. While this sells for $24.97 on Amazon and Beauty Junkees website we have a code for you to buy it for 25% off!! INFOZONE is the code and it’s valid through 12/23/16. At $18.75 you really can’t go wrong. While you’re at it, don’t forget about the great Beauty Junkees brushes.  —  Marcia

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Be sure to read more about Beauty Junkees and their wonderful creations HERE.