Favorite foundation brushes!

Hello folks!

It has been almost 3 weeks since I last blogged..August was an exciting and packed month, so much so that I hardly got time to blog! Well I am back and hopefully I’ll stay on track this month as far as blogging is concerned πŸ˜‰

Surprisingly, I don’t think I have ever talked about brushes all that much on my blog although they are vital to achieving a flawless look in my opinion. Well, today lets change that! I have 3 favorite brushes when it comes to foundation application. 2 of them are extremely affordable and the other one isn’t terribly expensive either.

  1. ELF powder brush

 

ELF Powder Brush
ELF Powder Brush

I am sure every one has heard of this one! The ELF powder brush is an extremely popular budget foundation brush (3$). Although it is technically meant to be used with powder products, this brush works really well with liquids too. The bristles are arranged in a nice dense fashion which aids in buffing out liquids like a dream on the skin. I have always been able to get streak free application when using this brush with both sheer and thick foundations. Despite being washed a zillion times, the brush has held up really well; no shedding and getting out of shape. I don’t use powder foundations all that much but I have used this brush in the rare occasions I try them out and it works really well with powders too!

2. ELF Small Stipple brush

ELF Small Stipple Brush
ELF Small Stipple Brush

Stippling foundation onto your skin (applying in dabbing motions) helps give a more flawless finish than using a normal foundation brush. The ELF stippling brush works well with foundations which have medium to thick consistency. With thicker foundations, the stipple brush helps to give a more natural finish versus cake face.On days when I am in a hurry and don’t have time to stipple, I have used this as a normal foundation buffing brush and it works just as good as the ELF powder brush.

3. Japonesque Angled Complexion brush

Japonesque Angled complexion brush
Japonesque Angled Complexion Brush

This is the only foundation brush I like to use with thin serum like foundations! It has really dense bristles and although it is a travel size one, I love it! I got this free with a huge Japonesque purchase maybe a year ago. I am not sure if they sell these individually but I did find this brush in a travel set sold on Amazon. (HERE). The other 2 brushes in that set look pretty good too so maybe the set isn’t too bad an investment πŸ™‚ This brush, like my ELF ones has gone through multiple washes and is still in good shape with no shedding! The thickly packed bristles really help prevent streaky application (which happens quite often with very liquid like foundations) and although its a relatively small sized brush it gets the job done fast!

What are your favorite foundation brushes? I would love to try more brushes, so don’t be shy to leave your suggestions below πŸ˜‰

Until next time, ciao!!

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Beauty haul from Turkey! Part 1

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in my last post, I just got back from Turkey which is not only fantastic for its culture and food but also shopping πŸ™‚ Before I left for my trip I did do some research on the local brands and best places to buy makeup and skincare items. Today I will share with you a couple of items I picked up while on holiday there and hopefully this will help you plan your shopping if you happen to be travelling to Turkey soon!

Makeup from Turkey!
Makeup haul from Turkey!

First, I’ll talk about the makeup items! I picked up most of these items from a drugstore in Turkey called Gratis. Its very easy to spot in the main shopping street in Istanbul. When I went many of the items were out of stock unfortunately but I still managed to grab a few things!

1. Cindy Lou Manizer

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a Turkish brand but they were having a 40% off sale on the Balm products and I had to pick this up since the after sale price translated to 10 USD !! Score! πŸ˜€ Β I already have the Mary Lou Manizer and really enjoy it, but after using this one a couple of times I think I prefer this since it looks more natural on my skin tone. More on that in a review coming soon!!

2. Essence Lipliner in Satin Mauve

I have heard people talk so much about these and with good reason! They are super creamy and feel amazing on the lips. Again the price tag made me buy it πŸ˜‰

3. Essence blush up in Heatwave

This is such a gorgeous orange peach-pink ombre blush! I have not seen these in the US so I picked it up. I have used it a couple of times and so far its been great!

4. Eklips natural fan brush

I think this is an in house brand of Gratis and its supposed to be a dupe for ecotools? It is eco friendly and cruelty free. It was around 1 USD and for that price it works amazingly well! I used it to apply highlighter on my cheek bones and it does a beautiful job. After trying this out, I really wanted to pick up some more brushes from the brand but sadly I didn’t have time to go back to Gratis 😦 If you plan on visiting Turkey do check out this line of brushes!

5. Golden Rose Velvet matte lipstick in number 19

Golden Rose is a Turkish brand and I went to their main store in Istanbul. Before I left for Turkey I checked out Instagram posts by Turkish beauty bloggers to get an idea of the local makeup scene πŸ˜‰ (I know I know..I sound like I have a makeup addiction problem!) and this was one of the lipsticks that was constantly praised! This cost me around 6 USD and the texture of the lipstick is amazing! Its so creamy and comfortable on the lips..I’ll probably review it soon if your curious about swatches πŸ™‚ The guy who helped me out in the store said that a lot of the shades are dupes for MAC lipsticks. I actually have only 1 limited edition MAC lipstick so I can’t vouch for it but I do like the shade I picked out!

6. Pastel nail polish in number 108?Β 

I saw tons of nail polish in Turkey for really cheap prices but eventually I picked up only this one since I don’t have this color in my collection. The shade has no name but I think its number 108..again not sure! I have used this once and the quality is really good..no chipping for more than a week πŸ™‚ I think the brand Pastel and even Golden Rose is available in some European countries. The shade 108 looks perfect for summer, don’t you think!

7. Golden Rose matt top coat

I bought this on a whim and its actually quite cool to use! I can see myself using this for nail art! I tried it out once with one of my OPI nail polishes and it really converted the shade into a matt one when I used this as a top coat. It was really cheap and so I Β thought it might be gimicky, but it works !

This post got so long I decided to split it into 2 parts! I will talk about some skincare items I got from Turkey in part 2. Hope you’ll enjoyed taking a peak into the makeup items I picked up! Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

Until next time…ciao!!!

Brand Focus: Facade Beauty

Hello folks!

I love discovering new brands of makeup all the time! Its almost like finding diamonds in the rough! Today I would love to introduce you guys to one such gem that I recently stumbled upon. Facade Beauty is a Texan brand focusing on the needs of women living in the southern parts of the USA; for the girls who have to battle humidity on a regular basis. Having lived in tropical places I know how frustrating it can be to have makeup melt off your face so I was thrilled when I got the chance to play around and test some of their products!

Facade Beauty
Facade Beauty

This is going to be a long post! I was sent eye shadows, blushes, eyeliners, foundation and a lipliner to try out, so lets jump into them one at a time πŸ™‚

Eyeshadows

If you checkout their website, you will be spoilt for choice! They have a phenomenal shade range. I had a hard time picking out the 4 shades you see in the palette. The eyeshadows are sold individually in pans that you can them assemble into the magnetic palette. I think it is cool that you can assemble your own palette! Now,here is a closer look at the shadows I picked out..

Clockwise the shades are Baja, Solana, Delano and Agarita
Clockwise the shades are Baja, Solana, Delano and Agarita

Baja is a lovely rose gold color and Solana is a sheer gold. Both these shades are beautiful!! I also love the green (Delano) and the Plum shade (Agarita). These shadows are probably my favorite items from the brand! They are very finely milled, pigmented and look beautiful in the pan, swatched and on the lid. The silky texture of these shadows are a testament to their fine quality!

Swatches and on the lid!
Swatches and on the lid!

These shadows can be used both wet and dry. Here in the swatches and on my eye I have used them dry πŸ™‚ These shadows last the whole day on the lid with no creasing. yay! For the eye look shown here I used Solana in the inner corners of my eye, Delano in the center of the lid, Aagarita in the outer corner and Baja as the brow bone highlight. I then used the eyeliner in Voodoo to finish things up! That brings us to the next awesome product from Facade; the eyeliners!

Eyeliners

I tried 3 of the eyeliners from Facade. They all glide on really smoothly with no tugging which is good news! The eyeliners are the twist up kinds and they come with a smudge tip on the other end.

Facade Eyeliners
Facade Eyeliners

The 3 shades I picked out were Lorelei which is a pretty pearly dark gold, perfect for the lower waterline, Lido a rich deep blue and Voodoo a shimmery plum shade which I used for the eye look shown above.

Swatches: Lorelei at the top followed by Voodoo and Lido
Swatches: Lorelei at the top followed by Voodoo and Lido

I think my favorite shade is Lido! Its such a lovely blue πŸ™‚

Lipliner

I was sent the lipliner in the shade Vanity. It is a pinky nude shade which is almost my natural lip color. I did not find the lip liner as smooth as the eyeliners but they do help prepping your lips for lipsticks that can potentially bleed.

Lipliner in Vanity
Lipliner in Vanity

Foundation

I was really excited to try out the foundation samples since I wanted to check how long it will last before I turn into a grease ball. Since I live in the cooler and drier north eastern part of the country, I decided that the best way to check if the foundation can withstand humidy, heat and sweat was to wear it on a long hiking trip πŸ˜€ Β I can sum up my feelings about this foundation in 3 words: I love it!!

Facade Foundation
Facade Foundation

I was told that the best way to apply the foundation was to use a damp beauty sponge or beauty blender. I love the natural flawless finish I got with this! It did not irritate my skin either. As for the staying power, I am very happy to report that after 12 hours of wear there was barely any shine. The foundation held up really well when I wore it for the hiking trip despite the heat and sweat. Overall, this foundation is awesome and I am sure it works well in 101 F weather too! These bottles are coming with me the next time I fly down south!

Blushes

I have an obsession with blushes and again like the eye shadows it was difficult to chose 2 shades since there were so many choices! The blushes are also sold in individual pans which can then be placed in the palette.

Facade Blushes
Facade Blushes: True love and Valencia on the left and blended swatches on the right

True love is a matte pink and Valencia is a matte orange coral shade. Although both these shades look bright in the pan they look very soft and natural when blended into the skin as seen in the swatches. Both the shades are easy to blend and are not chalky at all unlike some other matte blushes. I did not notice any fading with these blushes. They can easily last 8 hours.

The 19s brush

Along with the eyeshadows I was also sent an awesome brush! πŸ™‚ It is their 19S brush and I love how soft it feels. It is excellent for packing on shadow on the lid. I did not notice any shedding and I am generally impressed with the quality of the brush. For the eye look I created I did use this brush mostly.

The 19S Brush
The 19S Brush

If I have to chose 2 favorites from this list of items I think the eyeshadows and foundation steal the cake! Which of these things are you dying to try? Do visit their website atΒ http://www.facadebeauty.com/Β and check out the the rest of their collection!

 

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