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

Let’s go brush shopping with Makeup Wars!


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IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites Collection is the 3/18 TSV – it’ll be your favorite too

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

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Everyone loves a bargain but they don’t want one that seems like a bargain. Quality products at a great savings is what the latest IT Cosmetics TSV is all about. It’s time to tune into QVC to order your very own Customer Favorites Collection. 4 favorite products make up this collection with one new shade of an old favorite.

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

We can promise that this is going to be a collection that you’ll regret not owning. What you’ll be purchasing is a Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ Cream, Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, Superhero Mascara, and Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating color lip treatment in the new shade of Rose.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ and Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ and Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Nothing should surprise you when I say that we at Beauty Info Zone love IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. In today’s TSV you’ll be receiving the Supersize CC+ Cream, a color correcting illuminating full coverage cream, with SPF 50+. This is a natural appearing coverage that brings you a radiance without shimmer or glimmer. It brightens my face making me feel better about myself. The fact that it’s an anti-aging formula makes it even better. A regular size of the foundation is $38.50. The TSV sells for $59.94 for all 4 items!

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics is known for their brushes so it’s not a surprise that there’s a new one in the TSV and it’s amazing. The Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush is a perfect tool to smooth on the CC Cream making it appear to be airbrushed. It hugs the curves of your face while you work with it in a circular motion. You’ll love this brush for all your foundations so it’s a winner all around.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara has been on my love list since I was first introduced to it. It’s a conditioning mascara that is extra black. It’s in charge of 3 things: super volume, super lift, and super length. Alone this mascara sells for $24 so the TSV price of $59.94 makes it basically free.

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Last you’ll find that IT Cosmetics has extended their Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment with the shade Rose. Previously it was only available in the original Je Ne Sais Quoi pink that adjusts to your body temperature. Rose is a darker shade so you’ll notice it more. Remember this is a lip TREATMENT but it gives you enough color so that this can be your color of the day. It is a peptide-infused treatment with essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and anti-oxidants so you’ll end up with soft, healthy lips. It’s not a long lasting lip color but it is moisturizing so that rosy pink is going to be a joy to reapply.

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

QVC.com or the QVC channel will be happy to take your order for A287725 any time while the TSV is live on Saturday, March 18th. Showtimes are midnight – 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 3 – 5 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m, and 11 p.m. EDT.

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

All your favorites (or soon to be favorites) for under $60 is going to make you oh so happy!  —  Marcia

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Glamour galore with IT Cosmetic’s holiday brush sets from Ulta

it-cosmetics-logoWe’ve been fans of IT Cosmetics since the very beginning. The first product that Marcia and Lisa fell in love with was Bye Bye Under Eyes and our love has grown as the company has grown. Jamie Kern Lima from IT Cosmetics started small and now is known as one of the best cosmetic gurus around. We’ve always loved their brushes and today we have two beautiful holiday brush sets that are sold exclusively at ULTA. You don’t want to miss out on these whether you are treating yourself or a loved one. They are stunners besides being some of the best brushes available. Beauty Info Zone was sent the City Chic brush set and All That Glitters brush set. We had trouble deciding who gets the pleasure of each one but we’re both very pleased.

MARCIA has CITY CHIC

IT Cosmetics City Chic

IT Cosmetics City Chic

City Chic is a limited edition 5 piece Ultra Luxe Skin Loving Brush Set ($68) that is a perfect travel set or for everyday use. It’s one that you’ll receive accolades on if you gift it. Even better, put it on your wishlist and make sure everyone sees that you crave it.

IT Cosmetics City Chic brushes

IT Cosmetics City Chic brushes

Inside the beautiful rose gold cosmetic bag you’ll find 5 super soft brushes that your skin will love. The brushes are a rose gold ombre with duo fibers and of course are cruelty free.

IT Cosmetics City Chic Powder brush

IT Cosmetics City Chic Powder brush

The City Chic Powder brush is the softest brush you can imagine. I want to lay still and have someone just brush my face all day with this. It’s made for your favorite loose and pressed powders (which should be IT of course). It’s large, round, and fluffy.

IT Cosmetics City Chic Blush Brush

IT Cosmetics City Chic Blush Brush

City Chic Blush Brush is great for blush and for contouring. The angled head makes it easy to hug the contours of your face. It’s also a great cream blush brush as it diffuses the cream softly on your face.

City Chic Foundation Brush

City Chic Foundation Brush

City Chic Foundation Brush is a flat tapered paddle brush. Unlike the foundation brushes of yore, this one is soft and flexible so I find it easy to use with my liquid foundations, getting each nook and cranny covered. If you have a cream foundation that you like then this brush will come in very handy.

City Chic Eyeshadow Brush

City Chic Eyeshadow Brush

How I love eyeshadow brushes and this City Chic Eyeshadow Brush is terrific. Whether it’s powder eyeshadows or cream eyeshadows this medium size brush blends the colors with delight.

City Chic Crease Brush

City Chic Crease Brush

Last is a brush that gets a lot of love from me, City Chic Crease Brush. The size of this crease brush fits my crease perfectly plus I love it for blending all my shadows after I’m done to soften any harsh lines. With this narrow tapered brush I start with a dark shadow along the outer corner and blend it into my crease.

IT Cosmetics City Chic limited edition holiday brush set

IT Cosmetics City Chic limited edition holiday brush set

I think City Chic would be a hit for the women on your list. I’m sure the All That Glitters set is just as wonderful.

IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Brush SetLISA has ALL THAT GLITTERS

All That Glitters is not gold – nope, it’s silver, and this limited edition 5 piece Must-Have Luxe Skin Loving Brush Set ($58) is a truly beautiful set. All the brushes have sparkling silver handles and are housed in a silver clutch that my daughter immediately declared ‘elegant’!IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Brush Set
IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Brush Set

If you have any IT Cosmetics brushes, you know that they are fantastic. Soft, thick, and luxurious the same quality IT brushes in a great travel set.  The set includes brushes for loose and pressed powder, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, and eye lining – pretty much all you need. The silver clutch has a magnetic closure, a satin pouch for brushes, and a zippered pocket.IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Brilliant Powder Brush

The Brilliant Powder Brush is big, fluffy, and so soft. I honestly don’t think I own a softer brush, although this is thick enough to hold onto loose or pressed powder.

IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Radiant Foundation BrushThe Radiant Foundation Brush has a flat edge that makes blending cream and liquid foundations a dream. This has that awesome softness as well…these brushes are just divine.

IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Stunning Eyeshadow BrushI love the Stunning Eyeshadow Brush. It grabs just the right amount of pigment and blends shadows beautifully. It’s just the right size too – not too big or too small.

IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Luminous Concealer BrushThe Luminous Concealer Brush blends out cream concealers like a champ. It works great with my favorite concealer, the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye, which I use every day.

IT Cosmetics All That Glitters Dazzling Liner/Brow Brush The Dazzling Liner/Brow Brush is a great multi-tasker.  It is great for lining eyes with dark eyeshadow, and then does double duty as a brow liner for powder, wax, or gel brow products.

Whatever your pleasure – City Chic or All That Glitters – either brush set doesn’t disappoint! Make someone happy and gift them a new brush set, then make yourself happy and get yourself a set too.

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#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Forget duck face – try the Beauty Junkees Contour Kit instead

Mona Lisa Duckface
Who needs to do a duck face when you can contour instead?

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit

Contouring takes some great cosmetics and some great brushes. Marcia and I have reviewed quite a few Beauty Junkee brushes over the past few months – read the reviews HERE – and today I am very excited to tell you about the latest set we sent to review, the Contour Kit.

I’m going to jump right to the price – right now it’s on sale for 50% off – just $25 right now on Amazon. That is one heck of a sale for a really terrific set.

This set comes in a sleek brush case 9.25″ W X 4.5″ H X 0.5″ D (expandable) that will fit up to 15 makeup brushes. It’s perfect for storing your brushes as well as for travel.

All of the brushes work with both cream and powder contour products. I am impressed with the quality of the brushes, particularly at that price!  The brushes have copper ferrules with dual crimps, and the handles are wood. They feel substantial but not too heavy.

Here are the brushes included:

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proSculptor Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proSculptor Brush

pro Sculptor Brush This brush has narrow, dense bristles with dome shape for perfect application and blending; flat sculpting brushes apply a harsh line and do not blend. I love this brush for powder blush and bronzer. It’s soft but firm and it blends like a dream.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDuo Fiber Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDuo Fiber Brush

pro Duo Fiber Brush This brush has short and long bristles for feather like application that allows for buildable color. Where this brush excels is with powder highlighters. It’s great for creating a soft glow.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proHighlighter Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proHighlighter Brush

pro Highlighter Brush This brush has soft bristles with a small taper point for applying highlighter to narrow facial features. I find I use this most on my nose – lighter highlighter down the bridge of my nose and darker contour on the sides.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDetailer Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDetailer Brush

pro Detailer Brush This is a small precision eye shadow brush with narrow dome shaped bristles for applying to small features, such as nose, under lower lip, and inner corner of eye. Yup, it works great, and of course it’s also terrific for applying eyeshadow.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit Makeup Sponge

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit Makeup Sponge

pro Contour Sponge  Ok, so this isn’t a brush – it’s a makeup sponge that is a latex free and flat angled blending sponge that creates an airbrushed finish with cream contours. This sponge is nice and soft, and the flat edge is very handy, particularly for contouring cheeks.

The bottom line?  This is a wonderful brush collection that you will use for far more than contouring and highlighting. Be sure to pick this up while on Amazon it’s still on sale!  – Lisa

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Is mom crazy for cosmetics? Get her the Artis Elite Collection Linear 1 Brush for Mother’s Day.

Artis Linear 1 BrushI think some addictions are handed down, or even genetic. If you read this blog you are probably a bit of a cosmetics junkie, which means your mom just might be too…and if that’s the case, you’ll want to get her something really cool from the cosmetics world for Mother’s Day. My suggestion? An Artis makeup brush.

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Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

I was definitely intimidated by the Artis brushes at first. I didn’t even want to try them because they looked so professional, so arty, so cool…way too cool for me. But then I read Olivia’s posts about these brushes on The Unknown Beauty Blog and my curiosity grew larger than my insecurities.

Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

I’ve only tried one of the brushes, the Elite Collection Smoke Finish Linear 1 Brush ($35). All I have to say is OH EM GEE. This is a freaking fantastic brush! The rubberized handle is substantial and is ergonomically perfect for your hand. The brush is firm but soft, so it creates a PERFECT smokey line with no drag and no painful friction. It lines upper and lower lids with ease. I also love it for my brows – I just use an eyeshadow that is one shade lighter than my brows, and the brush gives such a beautiful blend while also brushing brows upward. If that isn’t awesome enough, it’s a fantastic lip brush too.  This brush does everything but wash windows.

Artis Linear 1 Brush

Artis Linear 1 Brush

I am asking for every single other Artis brush for Mother’s Day now. I know your mom will love this one, and you will too, so do a ‘one for you, one for me’ thing and you will be thanking me for years to come.  – Lisa

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Read about the Artis Oval 10, a luxurious foundation and powder brush HERE

It’s time for our anniversary Beauty Junkees giveaway

I’ve been holding my breath and trying not to spill the secret but now it’s time to share with you that Beauty Junkees has kindly offered to do a giveaway for 2 people in honor of Beauty Info Zone’s 6th anniversary. Both Lisa and I are so impressed with the quality of Beauty Junkees that we’re thrilled to have this honor.

So far we’ve shown you 3 different sets of brushes and 1 set of Pro Makeup Sponges from Beauty Junkees and we’re happy to report that we’ll be sharing another set in the near future. But until then look at what you can try to win.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Or maybe you’d rather try to win:

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)

Whichever you choose your eyes are going to love you for treating them so well.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set contains every brush you need for perfect eye makeup application. The 8 brushes are Angled Shading, Blending, Eye Liner, Crease Brush, Angled Liner, Tapered Blending, Pencil, and an All Over Shader. They come packaged in a cosmetic bag that holds them (and more) perfectly. As of this writing the price of this set on Amazon is $24.97.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

If you already have these types of brushes then you will probably be interested in Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set. This unique set of brushes will fill in all the holes in your brush collection. They are larger brushes than the pro Eye Set. The Mini Kabuki set consists of 5 synthetic brushes that are incredibly soft.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

There’s a brush in this kit for every use you have: blending, contouring, application, applying concealer, and more. The brushes can be used with both cream and powder products. This too comes in the perfect size cosmetic bag. The current price on Amazon is only $19.97 so even if you don’t enter or win this giveaway you know you need this.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Two US winners, one for each of the two sets. The prizes will be sent by Beauty Junkees to the lucky winners. As usual we have two requirements to move on in the Rafflecopter: Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s email and comment telling us which set is the one you are entering to win. After that, do as many of the additional entries as you want. I’ve noticed that some of the recent winners are tweeting daily to get more opportunities to win. Sometimes our comment section gets cranky and if it closes please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Beauty Junkees. Comment in the email and continue on. Remember we do check entries and have eliminated people because the rules weren’t followed.

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