Perfect eyes for a girls’ night out: Beth Bender Beauty

Love a smoky eye or a cats eye but hate trying to create the look? Then Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set (an $81 value, normally $49.99 but right now is only $34.99!) is a set you are going to love.

Beth Bender

This is an extremely versatile set for simple looks or for high drama evening looks. It’s super easy to make a perfect cats eye or smoky eye in about 60 seconds, no kidding.

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set

The set includes:

*  1 Pro Eyeshadow Brush

*  1 Pro Eyeliner Brush

*  1 Duo Eyeshadow – 4 Eye Shadow Duo’s to choose from, I got Golden Girl

*  1 Full size loose eyeshadow in Gunmetal or Onyx depending on color choice, mine came with Gunmetal

*  1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil/Top Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Smokey Eye Stencil/Bottom Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Instruction card

*  1 black zippered neoprene case (this was not included in my sample so I don’t have pics of it)

I really love the stencils – they are the stars of the kit.  Here is the Smoky Eye Stencil:

Smoky eye stencil

Smoky Eye Stencil

Step One

Step One

Step two

Step two

The stencils are made of clear vinyl and they seem to fit just about any eye shape. I love that they sort of ‘stick’ to my skin so they are super easy to use and keep in place. With my morning pre-coffee shaky hands, perfect eyelining can be darn near impossible – but not with these babies. They are fantastic for lining with either eyeshadow or with eye pencil.

Here is the stencil for a quick, easy, and perfect cats eye look:

Cat's eye stencil

Cat’s Eye Stencil

first step

first step

next step

next step

Two – or really three – eyeshadows are included in the kit. First, there is a duo compact of eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry. There are four different duos from which to choose. My kit came with Golden Girl, a super pretty combination of shimmery peach and golden brown. I love the shades and the eyeshadow is creamy with excellent pigment.

Golden

Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo swatched

The kit also comes with a loose shadow in either Matte Onyx or Iridescent Gunmetal. Mine came with Iridescent Gunmetal, a shimmery dark black/grey.

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

swatched

Iridescent Gunmetal swatched

I find that this works best with water or a mixing medium to create a liquid liner otherwise there is too much fallout under the eyes and it tends to smudge. But wet it’s terrific and the stencils make it a dream to use.

For perfect eyelining you need great brushes and this set has two excellent options.

Pro Brushes

Pro Eyeliner and Eyeshadow Brushes

The Pro Eyeshadow Brush is a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush that is perfect for the mobile lid and for softening eyeliner up a bit. The Pro Eyeliner Brush works great for both dry and wet lining.

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

If you struggle with eyelining, then this is a perfect set for you. If you don’t struggle but want something that makes eyelining quicker and easier, pick up Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Set! I love it – and at $34.99 it is a real bargain right now.  – Lisa

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One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  – Lisa

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New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! It Cosmetics Collection – one day only QVC sale

 

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IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Collection

I am so excited about this one day special offer!  On Saturday, December 28th, QVC.com is offering a set of five fantastic It Cosmetics items as the Today’s Special Value.  For an unreal price of $59.96, you get a Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum, a Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, a Celebration Foundation Illumination, a Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and a Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Brightener Dual End Concealer.

Everything comes in a pretty white and silver box.

Prepare to get beautiful...

Prepare to get beautiful…

All the goodies inside

All the goodies inside

It all starts with a truly fantastic primer/moisturizer and brush, the Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum and Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, along with a silver stand to house them together.

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

a view from above

a view from above

Heavenly Luxe

Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup.  For a really luxurious experience, use the fan brush to sweep it on.

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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

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the top compartment

the bottom compartment

the bottom compartment

Celebration Foundation Illumination is IT Cosmetics new version of their powder foundation with extra ingredients for illumination.  It’s got some pretty cool packaging.  The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it).  The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror.

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The Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

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Medium swatched

This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties.  This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions.  It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.  Right now, the only way to get this foundation is with this set.

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Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

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dual fiber brush hairs

IT Cosmetics has flipping fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception.  The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing.  This really is a fantastic brush.

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Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer

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Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium

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Hello Light Brightener in Light

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Top:  Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium; Bottom:  Hello Light Brightener in Light

The final item is worth the price of admission alone.  I adore the Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer.  One side is the iconic IT Cosmetics concealer with a sponge applicator.  This is my favorite concealer because it really covers all skin sins.  It blends beautifully and leaves skin looking flawless, which is pretty impressive given my super dark under eye circles.  The other end is the Hello Light Liquid Brightener, which is fabulous for highlighting under eyes, tops of cheekbones, the center of the nose to slim its appearance, the inner corner of the eyes…there are so many ways to use this!

The New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Five-Piece Collection is an outstanding value.  Make an appointment with yourself to check in with QVC on Saturday, December 28th so you don’t miss this absolutely fantastic bargain.  – Lisa

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Customized beauty with Wantable’s November Makeup Box

I am sure you remember Marcia’s review of her Wantable Makeup Box from November – she got gorgeous products, including a Face Stockholm Corrector Quad, a bronzey Girlactik Beauty Eye Glaze, a black Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil, and a burgundy red Color Club Nail Polish. Well, if you compare my November Wantable Makeup Box to hers, our two posts really illustrate just how customized these boxes are. Marcia and I have totally different preferences in makeup, which is what makes us such great blogging partners! My box of goodies had the perfect eye, lip, and nail choices for me.

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My Wantable November Makeup Box

My November Wantable Makeup Box included a total of $67.50 worth of items – that’s pretty impressive considering a monthly subscription is $36 per month or $40 for a single box.  So if you feel guilty about a little indulgence for yourself, find comfort in the fact that it’s a deal!! My box had items from every category I said I ‘love’ on the detailed questionnaire, including eyeliner, lip color, nail polish, and tools.

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Skiin Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler Sample

First, there was an extra, a fun sample of Skiin Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler. I don’t know about you, but I can use some of both, so this was a welcome sight.

Next was a Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush ($14.50).

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Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush

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Travel Smudger Brush up close

This is a high quality brush that beautifully blends out eyeliner and eyeshadow. I especially love to use this with my chubby eyeliner pencils. It does a great job of smudging and softening and the smaller size makes it very easy to maneuver around the lash line.

Also for eyes, I found a Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner ($19). This is like a very thin magic marker or Sharpie for your lashes.  It is flipping fantastic.

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Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

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the tip is firm but flexible

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You can go thick or thin, whatever you prefer!  I drew a heart because I LOVE this.

The tip is firm, so you can get a super thin and precise line. It’s also just flexible enough to be wonderfully versatile, so if you want a dramatic thick line, or even a fake beauty mark, this is the liner for you. The liner doesn’t run or bleed and it lasts all day long. The tip is exactly the right size to ‘dot’ along the lash line for a fuller, thicker look without hard edges. This is a real winner!

For lips, my box included 29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off ($24).

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29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss Top It Off

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Top It Off

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swatch of 29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off

Top It Off is a sheer nude pale pink. My lips are way too thin to wear this by itself but it really is a perfect color to ‘top off” a matte lipstick. It feels wonderful on and hydrates lips beautifully.

I love, love, love the nail color I was sent this month! I got Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Wistful ($10).

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Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Wistful

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Wistful

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Wistful again

Wistful is part of the Rainbow Honey Sakura Matsuri collection and it’s a ‘blushing green shimmer, full of microglitters that sparkle in the sun’. This is a fabulously ethereal color that is like nothing else I own. I took it to my manicurist and almost had to tackle her to get the bottle back! It’s a gorgeous, one of a kind color that makes me happy just looking at it. Rainbow Honey has tons of cool colors.  If you are into nail polish you will want to check out the website at rainbowhoney.com.

Now you’ve got to re-read Marcia’s review of her Wantable November Makeup Box HERE, just so can see firsthand the variety and customization of this terrific beauty subscription box service. It is a fantastic way to spoil yourself with surprises that really fit your tastes!  – Lisa

 *box received for review, this link https://www.wantable.com/invite/1DV7tjqbktQ is an affiliate code to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – part 2

 

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This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.

image from makeupforever.com

image from makeupforever.com

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.

Here are my five and my opinions.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160 and 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160 and 108

Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.

Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 270

Make Up For Ever 270

Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)

Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 300

Make Up For Ever 300

Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia

*brushes sent for review

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes: Lisa’s Side

The beauty world has been all upside down with glee since Make Up For Ever launched their new permanent brush line, the Artisan Brushes. The BIZ was sent 10 brushes to review, so of course we split them up evenly – and believe it or not we didn’t even fight about it!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

I chose the 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush, 148 Blending Blush Brush, 222 Sponge Applicator, 254 Eyeliner Brush, and the 402 Artistic Fan Brush.  Marcia chose the 108 Large Foundation Brush, 160 Blush Brush, 218 Small Blender Brush, 270 Angled Eyeshadow Brush, and the 300 Lip Brush.

Today, I will share my thoughts on my five brushes and Marcia’s review of her five will go live next Sunday, September 15th.

My overall opinion:

These are great brushes. They are high quality tools that will last beautifully for both makeup artists and for just regular folks.  There are 76 different brushes in this collection, so there is something for everyone. And I love this:  To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times.

Makes me wonder, who was the unlucky sap in charge of all the counting??

Some brushes are obviously more practical than others, and with such a large collection there are bound to be options that seem rather obscure. I like how Make Up For Ever has divided everything up by use and by number – face brushes are in the 100’s, eye brushes are in the 200’s, lip brushes are in the 300’s, and artistic brushes are in the 400’s.  Instead of the typical straight synthetic fibers, this collection features brushes with a variety of textures.  The brush fibers are soft, silky, and firm.  The handles are made of sturdy wood, so the brushes feel substantial but not too heavy.

Face brushes:

102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

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102 Small Foundation Kabuki

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102 Small Foundation Kabuki

The handle for this brush is metal, unlike the wood handles on the other brushes reviewed today.  This smaller sized kabuki is meant for use around eyes, lips, and nose to apply cream and liquid concealer and foundation.  The brush head is tapered so it does a fantastic job around the eyes and nose.  I absolutely love it for buffing out my cream concealers.   I find it’s also perfect for powder application under the eyes to help brighten that area and seal in concealer.  At $36 it is a bit spendy, but this is a brush I use every day so I think it’s worth it.

148 Blending Blush Brush ($37)

122 Blending Brush

148 Blending Blush Brush

122 Blending Brush up close

148 Blending Brush up close

This brush has a duo fiber head that combines long straight and short wavy bristles.  It can be used with cream products or with any type of powder products.  It works best to highlight, contour, or shade because it gives light coverage.  It’s meant to be used for more subtle effects.  I find the bristles to be quite soft with lots of bend.  With the softer bristles I definitely like it best for use with loose powders.

Eye brushes:

222 Sponge Applicator ($13)

222 Sponge

222 Sponge Applicator

222

222 Sponge Applicator

I was really excited to get this brush because I have a HUGE loose pigment collection.  Loose pigments look fantastic when applied with a sponge applicator, but most sponge applicators I come across are so cheap they don’t last long, and fall apart when I try to clean them.  This is a very sturdy, firm sponge that is worth the price.  Plus, you can get replacement sponges when you need them.  It’s also terrific for blending out pencil eyeliner to get a softer line.  It’s one of my favorites.

254 Eyeliner Brush ($24)

254

254 Eyeliner Brush

254

254 Eyeliner Brush

This is a wonderful, wonderful eyeliner brush.  The brush head is longer and thicker than most similar eyeliner brushes, and it is firm with just enough bend to easily get a great line.  This is all straight fibers, and it makes a killer cats eye.  Make Up For Ever says it’s also the perfect brush for more artistic effects like tattoos and complex designs.   This isn’t for powder eyeliner, it’s best with cream and liquid liners.

Artistic brush:

402 Artistic Fan Brush ($20)

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402 Artistic Fan Brush

402

402 Artistic Fan Brush

This brush is definitely a ‘specialized’ brush that is probably most suited to reside in the collection of a professional body painter.  It has a fan brush head with eight divisions for multi-line effects.  I don’t have any body paints, but I’ll bet it does a great job with those.  I used this with my loose pigments and found that it’s not for powders – this is a brush for liquid and cream products.  When I used it with wet pigments it did give an artsy, interesting look on my eyes, but it isn’t something for every day use.

Final thoughts:

The brushes I will use the most are the small kabuki, the sponge applicator, and the eyeliner brush.  I will get some use out of the blending brush, and will have to find reasons to use the fan brush.

Other Artisan Brushes I would LOVE to have in my collection include the 150 Precision Blush Brush, the 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush, and the 414 Body Kabuki.  How about you, which brushes look like must-haves for your collection?  – Lisa

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Senna Summer Sunglow 2013: the Emerald Isle Collection

Senna’s Summer Sunglow 2013 Collection has two looks that capture the latest summer shades of orange, emerald-green, and bronze. The Senna Emerald Isle collection is ‘warm with rich bronzed skin and emerald eyes with fiery lips that burst with energy and adventure.’

Eugenia Weston, founder of Senna, has a terrific makeup tutorial at http://youtu.be/sl3CMIOrPyO .

This gorgeous collection for face, eyes, and lips includes a bronzer, bronzer brush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lip gloss.

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Senna Brilliant Bronze in Sunset

All the products have the beautiful new Senna packaging that is truly chic as well as extremely durable. The Emerald Isle collection features the Sunset Bronzer ($42), a baked mineral powder that be sheer or layered for more intensity.

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Senna Sunset

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it actually does look like a sunset, doesn’t it?

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Sunset swatched – gold and deep bronze

You can use just one shade at a time, the highlighter is great above cheekbones with the bronzer below to sculpt and define. Or you can mix the colors together for an all over complexion brightener. This is a gorgeous bronzer that feels incredibly silky to the touch. Every bronzer is unique and has its own pattern, and you won’t find any oils, talc, or fragrance anywhere.

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Senna Powder Point 33

The perfect brush for applying this bronzer is the Powder Point 33 brush ($38).

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Powder Point 33 brush head

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another view

This is a fabulously soft and silky brush that has just enough stiffness to make application a breeze. The pointed tip makes precision easy and the brush feels fantastic on the skin.

Moving on to eyes, the Senna Emerald Isle collection features, but of course, an emerald-green eyeshadow.

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Senna Emerald Eyeshadow

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Emerald swatch

Oh my goodness this is one stunning eyeshadow. The Emerald Glow Eyecolor ($18) has a buttery texture and the color is rich and complex. It sheers out beautifully, but I especially like it as an eyeliner for my brown eyes.

Also in the Emerald Isle collection is the Ultra Last Eyeliner ($20) in Ultra Black.

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Ultra Last Eyeliner

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Senna Ultra Last Eyeliner in Ultra Black

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Ultra Black swatch

This is a really neat auto liner. There is a rubber section in the middle of the barrel that helps you grip for precise application. It’s also waterproof and smudgeproof, perfect for summer wear.

And for lips, there is the Lip Laquer Ultra Shine Lipgloss ($20) in Bonfire, a blood orange shine.

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Senna Bonfire Lip Lacquer

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Bonfire applicator

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Bonfire swatch

This is a fabulous shade for sun-kissed skin! The lip gloss has shea butter, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and mango seed butter so it’s extremely moisturizing.

Senna Emerald Isle FOD

My Senna Emerald Isle FOD

The Emerald Isle collection is an absolute winner. The products are top-notch, and the shades are just gorgeous for summer.  Marcia will tell you all about the Bronzelite collection tomorrow, so be ready to agonize over which collection is your favorite!  – Lisa

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