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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IT Cosmetics Superhero™ cosmetics make my day

No surprise to find out that I’m a fan of IT Cosmetics, as a matter of fact I think every blogger I know is a fan of the brand. Cruelty-free, anti-aging, some fabulous buys, and innovative products make it a unique cosmetic company that I find so reliable.

IT Cosmetics Superhero: mascara, liquid eyeliner, Eye Transforming Super Palette

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In the Superhero family there’s the wonderful Superhero mascara, Superhero eyeliner (a black liquid liner), and Superhero™ Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette. That mouthful is what we’re concentrating on today and that you’ll be wanting to add to your eye wardrobe.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette

IT Cosmetics Superhero Anti-Aging Super Palette (from itcosmetics.com)

In this delightful palette you’ll find 12 eyeshadows: a set of Superhero Nudes, a trio of Superhero Neutrals, a line up of Superhero Liners, and 3 eyeshadow base shades. Mix and match or use the shadows in their grouping for dozens of combinations.

What makes this so special is that Jamie created this palette with plastic surgeons. She aims for anti-aging products for us and these shadows are formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, silk, peptides and antioxidants, plus innovative Superhero Pigment Power Technology™. They are very long lasting, don’t fade away, aren’t powdery, and don’t have shimmer yet they stand out.

Superhero nudes

Confidence eyeshadow base and Nudes in Limitless, Powerful, and Aura

The Superhero™ Nudes contain a light tan, a peach cream and a bright/beautiful milk chocolate. These can be worn alone for a no makeup look or do what I do and combine them with the Neutrals. Confidence is one of the top Eyeshadow Bases and it has a very light peach undertone to it.

Superhero™ Neutrals

Pow! Eyeshadow Base and Superhero™ Neutrals in Unstoppable, Superstar, and Fearless

The Superhero™ Neutrals go beyond neutral in my opinion. These are the ones I’ve worn the most. They make great crease colors with any of the eyeshadow bases or with the lighter nudes. Unstoppable is a golden shade that I love on my lid. I think it brings out the gold in my brown eyes. No shimmer though so it’s not garish. Superstar is a taupe with a purple undertone.  Fearless is the brightest of the bunch since it’s a copper and is very pigmented. Pow! is the eyeshadow base above it in the palette and it’s a light creamy nude.

IT Superhero™ Liners

Magical Eyeshadow Base and Superhero™ Liners in Bold, Daring, and Superhero

The Superhero™ Liners are matte shades that have super pigment. These can be used as a contour shade easily or as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry. Bold is a beautiful blue that’s not quite navy, it’s more of a dark denim. Daring is brown but it has a little bit of red undertone making it not “boring brown”. And Superhero is a charcoal that’s almost black but not harsh in any way. Magical is the eyeshadow base above it that I like as a lid shade. I think it looks fabulous with Fearless in the neutral section.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Anti-Aging Super Palette

There’s a great brush that works well with this palette and other eyeshadows that is bundled with the palette on QVC. I was amazed to see the price together as $39.54 since the palette sells on Ulta and IT’s website for $42.

IT Cosmetics brush

The one I have isn’t exactly the same but very close. Mine is the Heavenly Luxe No Tug Dual Eyeshadow brush while QVC has a Superhero Dual Eyeshadow Brush. The brush has one end for lining and the other for sweeping color on your lids and for blending. Here’s what Ulta has to say about the Superhero brush:

“To experience your Superhero eyes, use the eyeshadow brush end to apply your all-over shadow. Slide up the brush base one click to buff in your crease shadow. For added definition, slide up the brush base another click and smudge shadow along your lower lash line. To finish, use the angled eyeliner brush end to effortlessly apply your liner.”

IT Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette

What a buy! And what a way to pamper your eyes with anti-aging ingredients to help you conquer the world with your Superhero powers.  —  Marcia

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

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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

*sent for consideration

* 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