Love it. Live it. Give it. It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush Giveaway!!

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

There is no such thing as too much kindness. No such thing as too much love.  The new limited edition It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush ($30) celebrates both kindness and love! For every brush that is purchased, IT Cosmetics donates one to the Look Good Feel Better program to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence. And you can win one of these beautiful LE brushes with our fabulous giveaway!

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It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

So far, IT Cosmetics has donated over $27 million in products to the Look Good Feel Better program. IT is a fabulous company that doesn’t just preach – they truly make a difference. This latest initiative is really wonderful. The Love is the Foundation Brush has a sparkly pink weighted, streamlined handle with a unique, heart-shaped head. It works great with all types of foundations – liquid, cream, and powder.

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

  • Densely packed, heart-shaped head and streamlined, weighted handle for effortless application
  • Signature award-winning Heavenly Luxe cruelty-free hairs deliver a flawless, airbrushed finish every time and never shed
  • Pairs perfectly with your favorite liquid, cream and powder foundations

    It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

    It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

This brush is available for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Ulta Beauty and, so hurry and get yours while they are still available. Buy an extra one and #PassITOn.  – Lisa

Giveaway Information:  It’s our turn to #PassITOn – courtesy of the fabulous folks at IT Cosmetics, enter to win a new limited edition It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush! This giveaway is open through November 2nd, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST for US and Canada only.

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Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber brushes, part two

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

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

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

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

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

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

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

Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush

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

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Blush

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

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Fan Brush

Duo Fiber Fan Brush

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

Beauty Junkees mini stippling brush and large stippling brush

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

Beauty Junkees mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

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

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

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

Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

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

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Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

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

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

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

A few general details about these brushes:

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

Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush

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

Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush

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

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

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

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

Limited Edition Artis brush sets on HSN that you don’t want to miss


Artis Elite Mirror Smoke Collection

Starting Sunday August 13th through August 26th HSN is featuring two ARTIS ELITE COLLECTION PRECISION BRUSH SETS. Of all the brushes I own Artis are the absolute most luxurious. I use one of my Artis brushes every day so these sets are very appealing.

Artis chose to focus on the smaller areas of your face: eyes, lips, and brows for example. Each of their two ELITE COLLECTION Precision Brush sets are going to be available in special metal Art Portfolio Cases. There are two variations that contain the same item, just the finish of the brushes are different.


Elite Mirror/Smoke, Linear 1

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Circle 1

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Oval 3

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Oval 4

Portfolio Box, Metal

Elite Mirror/Smoke Collection Booklet

Artis Elite Mirror Collection

Artis Elite Mirror Collection

If you don’t know about Artis brushes it’s time to find out. These luxurious brushes have been created by one of the makeup industry’s innovators and a former MAC Cosmetics senior executive. Founder Matthew Waitesmith has always had a unique and forward-looking perspective on makeup and application.  He was convinced a true makeup brush should be focused on the challenges of makeup “self-application”, and delivering superior cosmetic performance. Waitesmith pushes the envelope of what makeup brush design can be with Artis, offering a complete range of patented, Designer Cosmetic Brushes which combine ergonomics with design, function and performance.

My very favorite brush is the Oval 10 that I use for foundation. It makes applying makeup one of the best parts of the day. Soft yet plush, it’s heaven on earth.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

During the last HSN special I bought the Palm Brush. Basically it’s the same brush as the Oval 10 but without the handle. The Oval 10 takes a very long time to dry. I wash it about twice a week but I was miserable when it was out of commission. The Artis Elite Palm Brush was on sale with free shipping and no tax and I couldn’t resist. Call me happy!!!

Artis Elite Palm Brush

Artis Elite Palm Brush

Lisa has reviewed the Artis Elite Smoke Linear 1 brush and is mad about this.

Artis Elite Linear 1 Brush

Don’t miss out on these Special Edition (aka limited edition) “Precision” Elite Collection Brushes in Portfolio Case. While the winter holidays are months away I can’t imagine anything better than showing this to my loved ones and having it given to me then or now! —  Marcia

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IT Cosmetics makes me happy AND confident. Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and Skin Soothing Complexion Brush

It CosmeticsLately I have been using a great combination of products that have made my skin super happy…which then helps my confidence in general.  My trio includes IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and the Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics 2IT Cosmetics sent me a whole slew of shades of the Confidence in a Compact, as well as the cream and brush, which is what got me onto my quest for confidence.  Here’s some general info and what I find works so well for me.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamConfidence in a Cream™ is a day and night moisturizer that seems to do everything. It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores.

What’s inside to help create all of these skin miracles is a little something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate, which includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

I find that when I use this in the morning (and I never forget to also apply this liberally to my décolleté) I don’t need a primer, especially when I use the Confidence in a Compact as my foundation.

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ is a solid serum foundation that provides all the benefits of the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer with a full coverage foundation. Plus, it has full sun protections with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen.

This serum/foundation comes in seven different shades:
  • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
  • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
  • Medium: light to medium skintones
  • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
  • Tan: tan skintones
  • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
  • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones

There is a learning curve with this foundation.  At first I was using way too much, and it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles.  This is such a rich foundation that you only need a small amount.  Start with a tiny bit and then build from there.  The right amount buffed in properly gives me incredibly glowy skin with an even skin tone.  To buff it in, I use my third find from IT Cosmetics – the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush

This brush is wonderfully soft, but it has enough density to keep it firm.  The cut is excellent – it buffs the foundation into every nook and cranny, hugging the contours of your face so the end result is darn close to an airbrushed look.  The foundation compact comes with a sponge, but I recommend using the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for the absolute best results.

I am loving these three complexion confidence boosters from IT Cosmetics — what are some of your favorites?  – Lisa

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You need this brush! The BrushCraft Oval 6 by Artis

brushcraftIs it possible to be in love with a makeup brush? I think it is because I am head over heels for the BrushCraft Oval 6 by Artis ($24.50)! I was actually reluctant to even try it…I hadn’t jumped on the fiber brush bandwagon at all because they looked so different from what I knew, and the brushes were so expensive I was afraid to try them. Now I can’t believe what I have been missing – and the BrushCraft brushes are wonderfully affordable.                    sample

BrushCraft Oval 6
Marcia raved about the Artis Brushes and the brush I have to review today is made by Artis. BrushCraft by Artis ($18.50 – $24.50, exclusively at and AHALife. com) is a line that focuses on combining ergonomics with design, function, and performance. The brush is made with NuFibre, which is extremely soft yet firm because in my brush – the Oval 6 – there are 60,000 individual fibres.

BrushCraft Oval 6BrushCraft Oval 6I just can’t rave enough about the blending power of the Oval 6. The size is perfect for foundation, contouring, or blush application. It works like a dream with cream and liquid products and is great for powder products as well. It makes every product look completely natural and gives an amazing finish. The beauty of this brush is the versatility – ultimately, you make a smaller investment and have less ‘stuff’ to juggle. I love a multi-tasker and the Oval 6 is the best makeup brush multi-tasker I have ever tried.

Here are all the things that make the BrushCraft brushes unique:

·         Uniform Application – The NuFibre® fibre structure and tapered ends help apply product more consistently than animal hair. BrushCraft brushes on average have 3-10 times as many individual fibres as conventional brushes. For example, the Oval 6 has over 60,000 individual fibres each with a microscopically small and soft tip.

·         Superior Blending – Every single NuFibre® filament has a tapered tip that ends in a microscopically fine structure which is only a few microns in diameter. This ultra-fine tip blends on a microscopic level, creating patterns so small they are imperceptible with the naked eye and enhancing the makeup look.

·         Efficient Use Of Product – The uniform surface area of each NuFibre® helps pick up and lay down product, without holding on to it, with less product getting tapped along the fibre’s length and instead holding it between the fibre tips

·         Retains Shape Better – NuFibre® is made with a proprietary material that has shape memory, retaining its shape better than conventional animal hairs. If a NuFibre® brush ever gets bent from compression during storage, revive the shape by passing the brush tips through steam or holding the brush under hot running water for a few seconds, reshaping, and then allowing it to dry back to its original shape.

·         Versatility – NuFibre® keeps its shape more consistently, even though it has a smaller diameter than conventional hair. This helps the fibre perform well with powders, liquids or emollient-based products.

·         Helps Avoid Sensitivities – An estimated 10% of the population is allergic to animal hair. For those with sensitive skin, NuFibre® provides an excellent animal-free alternative to conventional animal hair makeup brushes.

·         Animal-Free Beauty® – All BrushCraft brushes are 100% Animal-Free. No animal hairs or by-products are ever used in making our products.

·         Nufibre® Delivers Consistently Quality With Every Brush – NuFibre® is made using high tech production techniques that produce completely consistent fibres, ensuring that the quality of every brush will be the same, no matter when you buy it.BrushCraft Oval 6

·         Chemically Resistant – Resists excess water, alcohol, acids, detergent and won’t degrade from brush cleaning formulas.

·         UV Resistant – NuFibre® is more resistant to UV than conventional animal hair makeup brushes and won’t degrade due to sun or light exposure.

·         Wears Longer – BrushCraft brushes were wear-tested along with two grades of conventional brushes [prestige and mass] by having a simulated skin surface move against the brush bundles for 48 hours continuously. BrushCraft brushes suffered no damage, but a significant percentage of brush hair in both conventional brush categories broke and split.

·         Very Gentle Feel During Application Of Makeup – BrushCraft brushes all have NuFibre that end in a micro soft tip that is so small it is measured in microns and can’t be seen with the naked eye. These tips provide a gentler feel than other brushes, so they don’t irritate the skin during application.

·         Comfortable Fit – Traditional handle shape is not only classic, but feels familiar in the hand and fingers.

·         Enhanced Performance – Each brush is sized and balanced to help provide a familiar feel to the brush, which helps enhance application and performance, while using fibre bundles that eliminate the need for a metal ferrule. The fibres are held in place by a proprietary method that allows the fibres to be positioned in new ways for makeup brushes. Most BrushCraft Brushes have the fibres aligned perpendicular to the handle and skin surface. This keeps the fibre tips continuously in contact with the skin during application and creates superior laydown and blending.

·         Assists In Ease Of Application – Design helps facilitate self-application of makeup. The fibre alignment and the tilted handle aid in simplifying application and blending to one’s own face. The BrushCraft Brushes have matte finish surface on the handle. This helps the fingers better grip the handle and allows more control over makeup application.

·         Durability – High tech resins, matte finishes, and durable monofilaments are used to help make this handmade brush more dependable and durable over its lifetime of use.

·         More Modern – The BrushCraft Collection is both modern and classic at the same time. The aesthetics of the smooth flowing surface are pleasing to the eye.

BrushCraft Oval 6There are four other brushes available in this line, including the  BrushCraft Linear 1, BrushCraft Circle 1R, and BrushCraft Oval 3. I am so in love with the BrushCraft Oval 6 that I absolutely want every single one of them!

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BRUSH. I will accept all gushing thank you’s with a huge smile and a big “I know, right????”  – Lisa

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The BrushCraft Makeup Brush retails for $18.50 – $24.50.

It is available in the U.S. exclusively at and AHALife. com 

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