Eyeko is making us EYEMAZING in today’s Side by Side!

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Eyeko was probably the first brand to make us think about having a ‘wardrobe’ of eye products. We used to think one mascara worked for every occasion – but sometimes we just need defined lashes. Sometimes we want a little more drama. Sometimes we want drama the level of a highlight reel from COPS. The same for brows and of course for eyeshadow – just one product doesn’t cut it. Basically, we love lots of options when choosing what products to wear and Eyeko has given us some excellent goodies to play with!

Lisa’s eyes are wearing Tinted Brow Gel, Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner, and Lash Alert Mascara Wake Up and Go:

It’s been super hot this summer and I have been wishing for a great brow gel to take the place of my brow wax. I have nice brows but they need a little extra color boost and they definitely need some help staying in place. They tend to droop and look shaggy.  I absolutely love the Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel ($24)!

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel swatch

It has a shorter, fatter spoolie, and the gel is tinted. It’s a medium brown with just a hint of shimmer in it. The spoolie really grabs the hairs and puts them in place, and the tint is perfect. It gives the right amount of color and a touch of brightness which opens the eye area. I love this!!

  • Tinted Gel
  • With vitamins, antioxidants, Keratin, Ginkgo Biloba and botanical proteins to promote growth
  • Natural, long-lasting hold without flaking or stiffness

Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

The Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner ($22) is a great liquid eyeliner – it was inspired by calligraphy brushes – that goes on like a thin magic marker. It creates a very thin, precise line like a liquid liner, but without the mess. You can have shaky pre-coffee morning hands and still end up with a gorgeous line. This is especially good for cats eye looks, as well as very precise thick lines.

  • Contains Widelash with a tripeptide boost to promote lash growth for up to 3x more length and volume in 15 days
  • Japanese precision brush tip for single stroke colour
  • Waterproof, long-wear, fade-proof
  • Carbon Black

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

Lash Alert Mascara Wake Up and Go ($26) is a fantastic mascara – this is a must have! The curved brush is excellent for picking up every single lash. It does take several coats to get the full effect, but three coats gives lots of drama that doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear. It thickens up lashes beautifully with fibers and gives tons of volume and definition. It also washes off easily, which is a big plus. I love this mascara and it’s been a heavy hitter in my mascara rotation!

  • Shea Butter to nourish
  • Caffeine to stimulate
  • Arginine to repair
  • Biotinoyl Tripepetide to regenerate
  • Biotin to thicken
  • Full contact helix brush to curl and volumise
  • Carbon Black
  • Award-winning Korean technology
  • Water-resistant tubing formula
  • Zero-waste squeezy tube
  • No running, smudging, crumbling or flaking
  • Paraben-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Locks in colour and hold for 12hr+

Eyeko Black Magic Liner, Lash Alert Mascara, and Tinted Brow Gel

Marcia’s eyes are wearing Making Eyes 3 in 1 Brush, Me & My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Eyeliner in Topaz, Charcoal, and Bronze:

Eyeko Me & My Shadow Liners and 3-in-1 Brush

Anyone that knows my taste knows I’m a huge fan of cream eyeshadows so the shadow eyeliners from Eyeko are a big hit for me. I have 3 of the 6 shades available (Topaz, Quartz, Taupe, Chocolate, Bronze, and Charcoal) and will need to be at least one more to get myself through the summer. Taupe is calling to me right now and it’s one of the shades that Ulta carries!

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in Topaz, Bronze, and Charcoal

While I will adore the Eyeko Me & My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Eyeliners all year it’s in summer that these really make their mark. They are truly waterproof. These last all day and night until you remove them with eye makeup remover. Water doesn’t take off the color unless you scrub and scrub which you don’t want to do. Putting some remover on a cotton pad removes them so that tomorrow you can try a new combination. To test out these shadow liners I’ve used eyeshadow primer on one eye and left my skin alone on the other. There’s no creasing or fading either way so that saves a step.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in Charcoal, Bronze, and Topaz

Topaz is a champagne shade that is on the verge of being metallic. It brightens my eyes whether I wear it on the lid or on my browbone. I crave this type of color so it’s #1 with me. Bronze is a bright shade that plays so nicely with my brown eyes. It seems to bring out my eye color. The blending of these is amazing since they are soft and silky. Charcoal can be worn sooty or you can blend it down to a softer gray and that’s where the beauty lies. It has teeny bits of sparkle that don’t travel but livens up your smokey eye look.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow Brush

What makes the Eyeko eyeshadow crayons stand out from the crowd is the brush on the opposite end. It is a great tool to blend these out or to smoke the colors out. The brush makes these liners so much more versatile and a great travel companion.

Eyeko Making Eyes 3-in-1 Brush

I am totally blown away with the Eyeko Making Eyes 3-IN-1 Brush. This is the best travel tool I’ve found in all my searching. Brushes are my thing and I never travel without favorites but Eyeko is going to replace that huge brush set in its compactness. I am loving not only the simplicity of this tool but the way it works. “Travel-friendly packaging ensures each brush is covered and hygienically capped to keep your makeup bag pristine.”

Measuring almost 6 inches long there are 3 brushes and all work beautifully. For the eyeliner brush you just pull out and there’s a nicely angled brush that works well with gel liner as well as the shadow liners. Pull off the the first cap and there’s a rounded blending brush that does its job like a pro. One more pull and you’ll find the define brush that reminds me of the MAC 242 that I use constantly. But this gives me everything I need for only $20. I can’t tell you how great I think this is. There aren’t enough words!

It’s pretty obvious that both of us are thrilled with our Eyeko treasures but what we didn’t tell you yet is about the brand. “Created by beauty veterans Max and Nina Leykind, their mascaras and liners are favored by celebs and hotshot make-up artists alike. With style icon Alexa Chung on board as Creative Consultant – she credits them with creating her favorite look – Eyeko give the definitive edit for eyes.” You can find Eyeko at Ulta as well as their own website (free shipping) and it’s a brand well worth seeking out.

 

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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Anastasia Pro Brushes – you don’t know what you are missing

Anastasia Pro Brushes A10, A13, A6

Anastasia Pro Brushes A10, A13, A6

There is nothing better than having amazing eyeshadow brushes in my opinion. I’m a confessed “brushaholic” and I’m not ashamed to admit that. When Anastasia Beverly Hills told me about their Pro Brushes you better believe I was all over them. I graciously thanked them and now I’m thankfully using them.                                           samples

Anastasia Pro Brushes (from top) A10, A6, A13

Anastasia Pro Brushes (from top) A10, A6, A13

Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that’s famous because of creator Anastasia Soare’s incredible skills as a eyebrow specialist. Her first items, the ones that brought her fame, were her brow products which are still best sellers. As time passed she spread out into new areas and now Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the innovative and popular brands that I use.

Anastasia PRO Brushes on the ABH Mario Palette

Anastasia PRO Brushes on the ABH Mario Palette

There are 12 brushes in the PRO collection, only found online at her website. They’ve created other brushes that you can find on Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and more but these PRO brushes are phenomenal and worth ordering them from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Without further ado let’s learn about these three brushes so you can go purchase them!

Anastasia Beverly Hills A10

Anastasia Beverly Hills A10

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS A10 may have the look of MAC’s famous 217 brush but they aren’t the same. ABH is a better brush and that’s saying a lot considering how long I’ve been a fan of the 217.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A10

Anastasia Beverly Hills A10

ABH A10 is called the Diffuser Brush. It’s a fluffy tapered brush made with  premium goat hair. The brush is very soft and has a great amount of give but not so much that you can’t use it for just about everything. It’s recommended to use this for diffusing and shading. I find the A10 to be extremely versatile and use it for both laying down my crease shade and blending it to perfection. At $21 it will make a great extension to your collection. If you don’t have this shape brush you are really missing out!

Anastasia Beverly Hills A13

Anastasia Beverly Hills A13

Anastasia Beverly Hills A13 is their Medium Shader brush ($20). This softly domed brush is a perfect lid brush but you know it’s much more than that. Made of pony hair and blended with synthetic fibers it works very well for smaller eyes too. It’s so beautifully soft and blends pigment perfectly without kicking up powder.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A13

Anastasia Beverly Hills A13

The way I normally apply powder eyeshadow is to put on a lid shade and a brow shade before I apply color in my crease. Even though I can do all three jobs with ABH13, I prefer it for my lid and browbone areas. It blends the colors together without a line of demarcation and caresses my eye while doing so.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

I saved my favorite for last. If I could have only one ABH Pro brush it would be Anastasia Beverly Hills A6 ($21). It’s made of premium synthetic fibers and is good for both wet and dry use. You can see a color differential in the fibers.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

ABH Pro 6, Buff and Blend, can be used for both eyes and face. It works well with a highlighter shade but what I love it for is my eyes. This is what I feel I’ve been missing in a blending brush. I love the softness and the feel of it in my crease especially.

Anastasia Beverly Hills PRO Brushes

Anastasia Beverly Hills PRO Brushes

I don’t always buy from an artist’s website since it’s so easy to purchase from larger sites online but with free shipping at a $25 purchase I’ll be visiting there more often. I’m dying for the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit ($40) so I know that Pro Brush A7, the Large Blender brush, is in my future.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Brush A7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Brush A7

Are you a brushaholic? What’s your favorite brush?   —  Marcia

*brushes sent for consideration

 

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Brush Set has made my eyes very happy

Let me introduce you to Marcia. She is a beauty junkie no matter how you put it. Beauty products are her downfall and everyone who knows her knows it. If you ask her what excites her the most you’re going to learn that it’s anything to do with eyes:  eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascara, eyebrows, eyeshadow brushes, tweezers, eye primers. She’s like the Forrest Gump of eyes. It makes sense then that when BEAUTY JUNKEES sent Marcia some brushes to try that she’d of course grab the eyeshadow brushes out of the hands of her blog partner.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees has created an 8 piece pro Eye Set that is the best bargain I’ve ever seen. Not only is this set only $24.97 on Amazon but Beauty Junkees has offered a 25% off coupon for all Beauty Info Zone shoppers to use one time. That means you’ll be able to get this for just $18.73. That blows my junkie mind!

Let’s see what you can get for under $19. First the 8 brushes come in a case that not only comfortably holds all 8 of these brushes but leaves you plenty of room for your eye products. All 8 brushes are labeled which is wonderful. That makes it great for beginners especially who look and wonder what the heck each of the brushes do.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

pro TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending brush

The Tapered Blending brush does exactly what it says. Because the bristles on the brush are long and bendable they softly blend a shadow. I like it best as a finishing brush to make sure there are no harsh lines between shadow colors.

pro CREASE BRUSH

Beauty Junkees Crease brush

Beauty Junkees Crease brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending and Crease brushes

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending and Crease brushes

The Crease brush is a smaller version of the Blending brush with bristles that feel similar but because it’s a tighter, smaller head it’s perfect for applying a crease shade and blending it in. It fits into my crease perfectly.

pro ALL OVER SHADER

Beauty Junkees All Over Shader

Beauty Junkees All Over Shader

The All Over Shader is the most versatile brush in the set. I can use this for almost any job. I like it on my browbone, on my lid and as a blending brush. While the bristles aren’t labeled as far as their origin, I’ve been assured that they are all cruelty free.

pro ANGLED SHADING

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading and All Over Shader

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading and All Over Shader

The Angled Shading brush is similar in size and color as the All Over Shader but it’s much softer partly because the bristles are longer. It bends easily and the angle makes it great for placing color on your browbone.

pro BLENDING

Beauty Junkees Blending brush

Beauty Junkees Blending brush

I’m partial to this brush so telling you it’s my favorite in the set isn’t a problem. It looks like the MAC 217 and performs like it too. It fits in my crease perfectly and blends with ease. The Blending Brush is getting a LOT of use from me.

pro PENCIL

Beauty Junkees Pencil Brush

Beauty Junkees Pencil Brush

Beauty Junkees Pencil and Blending brushes

Beauty Junkees Pencil and Blending brushes

The Pencil brush is another dupe of a MAC brush. Great for smudging shadows or eyeliner along your eyelash line. Great for doing precision work like applying a light color by your tear duct to make your eyes lighten up.

pro FLAT DEFINER and PRECISION EYE LINER

Beauty Junkees Precision Eye Liner and Flat Definer brushes

Beauty Junkees Precision Eye Liner and Flat Definer brushes

These two thin flat brushes are made out of synthetic fibers and complement each other. The Flat Definer is what is often called a “push brush”, it’s made to push eyeshadow onto the area where your lashes meet your skin. You can tightline easily with this brush. The Precision Eye Liner is an angled brush with a smaller head that is wonderful to use with a gel eyeliner as well as with powders to sweep the color along your lashline.

Last but not least is a brush sold separately, the pro BROW BRUSH.

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Set plus pro Brow Brush

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Set plus pro Brow Brush

All the brushes in the set are sold separately. The only brush not included in the set is the Brow Brush ($10.00). This two sided brush combines the Precision Eye Liner brush with a spoolie on the other end. It’s a good addition to the set though I don’t think it’s a necessity unless you really need a spoolie.

Personally I can’t believe what a great set you can get for $24.97 and if you use this one time only code, INFOZONE, you’ll get 25% off on the set. We have another review coming up for Beauty Junkees Mini Buki set and Buki set so you may have to make a decision on when you use that coupon code since it’s a one time redemption. But you are going to want to use it because your eyes won’t believe what they see and feel with Beauty Junkees.  –  Marcia

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* One time redemption code for 25% off a brush or set on Amazon is good through 3/7/16 “INFOZONE

beauty junkees pro eye set

Favorite brushes from IT Cosmetics and Eddie Funkhouser

If you read my recent Guilty Pleasures article then you know I’m an eyeshadow geek. The more the merrier. Well that’s how I feel about makeup brushes. I have a great collection of brushes with my eye brushes getting the most use. Today I’m sharing two brushes from IT Cosmetics and 3 from Eddie Funkhouser that you should know about.

IT Cosmetics eyebrow and eyeliner brushes, Eddie Funkhouser eyeshadow brushes

IT Cosmetics eyebrow and eyeliner brushes, Eddie Funkhouser eyeshadow brushes

Both IT Cosmetics and Eddie Funkhouser are cruelty free companies that are high up on the list of companies that I like to buy from. All of these (except 1 EF brush that was sent) are purchases that I made and use all the time.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

When I saw that IT Cosmetics had created gel eyeliner, Liner Love, I absolutely had to have it. I ordered it in Silk Taupe from Ulta and also ordered their Tightliner 10-in-1 Dual Ended Brush ($24). I’d been looking for a new gel eyeliner brush and this is so different that I knew I needed it in my life. Little did I know that if I’d bought these two at QVC I’d have saved a lot of money since the duo is $29 (right now $26.48) there. That’s the only mistake I made since both of these are wonderful. This Dual Ended Brush has one end that has grooves in it. This is meant to be used for tightlining since you start at the root of your lashes and wiggle it, sweeping through to the tips of your lashes. It’s pretty amazing. Since Liner Love is waterproof it’s a great, long lasting look for me. The rounded tip is used to create a line along either lashline. The reason it’s called 1o-in-1 is that it comes with a brochure that shows 10 eye looks with the brush.

top left IT Cosmetics Build A Brow, top right and bottom left Tightlining eyeliner brush

top left IT Cosmetics Build A Brow, top right and bottom left Tightlining eyeliner brush

I learned my lesson when I saw that one of my Makeup Wars sister blogs had bought IT Cosmetics Build A Brow along with their Build A Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Gel Stain at QVC. This duo is $30 (now $27.36) which is almost half the price of buying each separately. I bought the set in Dark Brown and then went back and bought it in Universal Taupe since they are both amazing. I use my IT Build a Brow brush with any powder or cream eyebrow product. What I love about this brush is that you really get to the roots of your brows. My brows are very sparse and have lost most of their fullness. I no longer can just touch up, I need to build up and the amazing comb like bristles do that job without mess. The spoolie on the opposite end is the cherry on top.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered Shadow Brush, Contour Eye Brush, All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered Shadow Brush, Contour Eye Brush, All Over Eye Brush

I’ve written about Eddie Funkhouser brushes previously. I had bought three brushes and even though I’d paid for all three, I didn’t realize until later that they either didn’t send the Contour Eye Brush or I’d tossed it in error. When Eddie Funkhouser found out he didn’t want me to be upset so he kindly sent me one to complete my trio. I know I’m just one of his many girlfriends but I can tell I’m as special in his life as he is in mine.

All Eddie Funkhouser brushes are “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”  The three I have aren’t small brushes, the heads are larger than I expected them to be but the quality is perfect.

left Eddie Funkhouser Contour Eye Brush and All Over Eye Brush, top right Contour, bottom right Tapered Shadow

left Eddie Funkhouser Contour Eye Brush and All Over Eye Brush, top right Contour, bottom right Tapered Shadow

The Contour Eye Brush ($10.49*) and the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) are very similar. The Contour is angled while the All Over is perfectly rounded. The heads of these are 1/2 inch in length and just a little bit wider. These are amazingly soft and have the right amount of firmness to them. The Eye Contour brush is the angled one, it’s softly rounded and is a great tool for the crease of your lid plus it helps blend shadows out when you want a smokey eye. Eddie Funkhouser calls the All Over Eye Brush a medium size brush that helps distribute color evenly with its fluffy head. It can be used on your face too to add highlight. I’m not sure you need both brushes but I don’t know which one you shouldn’t get because they are both so nice to use. I’m happy to have them both.

The Tapered Shadow Brush is much bigger in size than I expected. It’s too big for me to be precise with it but it’s great for blending on my smaller eyes. I also use this under my eyes for a light coat of powder to set my concealer and it’s perfect for me there. The tapering is slight and it feels more rounded to me. It’s looser than the other two brushes so it’s better for me for blending. I think the brush is $10.99 but it’s currently sold out.

Two great companies and five excellent brushes help make my obsession with eye products more complete. If you are looking for some perfection in your life, check these out. If you have these, let me know what you think. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose except that Eddie Funkhouser replaced my missing brush without charge

Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


Makeup Geek browns: Beaches and Cream, Hipster, Mocha, Pretentious

Have you tried Makeup Geek Eyeshadows yet?  If not, I really don’t know what you are waiting for.  Marlena, the stunningly gorgeous force behind Makeup Geek, sent us some eyeshadows and some brushes to test.  Spoiler alert:  these products are fantastic and inexpensive.

Today’s post is all about four beautiful brown eyeshadows and three eyeshadow brushes from her collection.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Make Up Geek eyeshadows

Marlena’s cosmetics line is just as fabulous as her amazing tutorials.  Makeup Geek eyeshadows are affordable (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99), and there are 68 gorgeous colors from which to choose.  The pans are the exact same size as MAC eyeshadows but definitely less expensive.  Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans fit into MAC palettes, although I use my Z Palettes (which you can also buy at Makeup Geek’s store).

The texture of these eyeshadows is silky smooth and creamy.  The pigmentation is perfection, and they blend like a dream.  Plus the color doesn’t fade or crease throughout the day, even with oily eyelids.  I adore these eyeshadows.  Great price, great texture, great application, great color selection — it doesn’t get any better than this.

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream swatch

Beaches and Cream swatch

Beaches and Cream is a slightly peachy soft beige.  It’s a buttery soft matte shade that is an essential neutral for your collection.  It works as an all over wash for a pretty neutral look.  I reach for it all the time to blend and soften other shades, or as a lid shade paired with a deep brown crease color.

Hipster

Hipster

Hipster swatch

Hipster swatch

Hipster is a slightly shimmery sandy tan shade.  The shimmer makes it a fantastic lid shade, and it’s particularly powerful for deep-set or hooded eyes.

Mocha

Mocha

Mocha swatch

Mocha swatch

Mocha is a deep matte brown shade with a slight red undertone.  It is a great shade – I love using this to contour eyes and as a liner.

Pretentious

Pretentious

Pretentious swatch

Pretentious swatch

Pretentious is a stunning metallic bronze shade.  This golden brown is so gorgeous…it is perfect as a lid or crease shade.

With all these beautiful eyeshadows, a girl needs some great eyeshadow brushes too, right?  I am truly impressed with Marlena’s extremely affordable high quality brushes.  All of them have synthetic bristles and are cruelty-free.  They also feature a bronze gunmetal ferrule that holds the bristles in place and keeps the brush from shedding.

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

The Soft Dome Brush ($7.99) is what you want for blending harsh lines or applying a small amount of color.    The bristles are very soft so they don’t pick up much shadow, but they are firm enough to soften and blend.  It buffs out crease shades beautifully.   The handle is 6.5″ long, making it perfect for doing eye work.

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

The Outer V Brush ($7.99) is meant for applying eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye, but that’s certainly not the only thing I use it for.  The small dome brush has soft, dense bristles that pick up color beautifully.  The brush length is 6.25″, a great size for close up work.  I use it for the brow, crease, outer v, lid…it is definitely a work horse brush.

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

The Pencil Brush ($7.99) is currently out of stock and scheduled to return in Mid-July 2014.  When it does, you will want to get one for  yourself.  This is one of the best pencil brushes I have ever tried.  The bristles are stiff enough for precise lines, but also soft enough for blending out liner and eyeshadow.  Also, at 6.25″ it really is the perfect length.

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

Here is my EOD using my three eyeshadow brushes and with Makeup Geek Hipster as my lid shade, Pretentious in the crease, Mocha in the outer v, and Beaches and Cream on the brow.  I lined with Mocha and with Mystic Gel Eyeliner (reviewed HERE).

Do yourself and your cosmetics collection a favor and check out the selection at Makeup Geek.  I know you will find tons of must-have items!  – Lisa

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