D.I.Y. Eye Shadow Primer

Shadow Primer

Create your own eye shadow primer at home that’s quick, easy and affordable!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. natural chapstick/lip balm
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. liquid foundation

Directions:

  • Soften the chapstick by either running it under hot water or by quickly (and carefully) heating it in the microwave until it is soft (not melted)
  • Combine the softened chapstick with the remaining ingredients; mix well
  • Transfer the mixture into a small container for storage (lip gloss/eye shadow pot works well)

D.I.Y. Nail Polish

Nail Polish

Create your own shade of nail polish in just a few quick and easy steps!

Ingredients:

  • Clear nail polish
  • Eye shadow (this is a great way to use up expired eye shadow!)

Directions:

  • Gently break up the eye shadow using the end of a pen or whatever else you have around (unless you are using loose powder eye shadow in which case you don’t need to break it up)
  • Very carefully pull the crushed powder eye shadow into the bottle of clear nail polish using a funnel or a makeshift funnel of a rolled up small piece of paper
  • Put the brush back into the nail polish bottle and twist the cap on tightly
  • Shake and roll the bottle of polish between your hands for a minute or two to ensure the shadow and polish has mixed

Sephora Collection Classic All Over Shadow Brush – Large #21

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Ok–time to take a little breather from the endless D.I.Y. posts I’ve been making lately to do a review!

I’m really loving this all over shadow brush-so much that I use it daily!

I love the size of it because it allows me to cover large areas of my eyelids with one to two sweeps rather than having to do a bunch of applications using a small brush.  I actually love using this brush to do my eye shadow base since the base covers the largest area using one color.

The brush has firm yet soft bristles.  They are soft on my skin yet firm enough that I can build the level of shadow coverage that I desire.

I’ve washed this brush countless times too and have not had any issues with it.  The bristles haven’t frayed and haven’t been shedding either.

This one is a winner in my book :)

Pros:

  • Can cover a large area at once
  • Soft yet firm bristles
  • Great for building the level of shadow coverage you desire
  • Doesn’t shed (at least it hasn’t yet)

Eye Makeup Remover Recipe

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Here’s a quick and easy recipe using products you probably already have in your pantry for removing pesky eye makeup!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

 

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients together
  • Dab a cotton ball, Q-tip or soft tissue into the mix
  • Gently wipe eyelids and lashes
  • Rinse with cool water

Sephora Collection Classic Smudge Brush #14

 

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I am obsessed with this smudge brush.  I have to admit, prior to getting this brush, I wasn’t really very educated on what a smudge brush was and I never imagined it to work like it does (amazing!).  This was $13 very well spent and I suggest everyone have this (or another) smudge brush in their makeup bag!

I wear eye shadow pretty much on a daily basis.  A lot of times I keep it relatively simple for work but when I’m doing something outside of work I like to play around with it a little more.  I recently tried a brown smoky eye look and with the help of this brush, it turned out really pretty!

A big pet peeve of mine has always been when I try to create an eye look with different shades of eye shadow (such as browns, tans and gold) and end up with harsh looking edges.  I’ve never been a fan of the harsh edges and could never really blend or fix them perfectly with any other brush or with my finger (had I only known about this smudge brush a long time ago!).  Well, this brush cured my harsh eye shadow edges and gave me a very nice blended and polished look (without the harsh edges!).

This brush is a must have for creating a smoky eye look too.  You can control the level of smudging that you want because this brush provides an excellent amount of control.  The size is small enough that you can smudge in just one specific area but not too small that you can’t smudge around the entire eye area.

This brush has been holding up well for me so far.  No bristle shedding or fraying.  It also comes with a nice snap shut plastic lid that is great for keeping the brush protected and clean.

This is a beauty brush that is a must have!  I suggest it and can’t really think of any con’s so far since I’ve started using it.

 

Pros:

  • Perfect for creating a smoky eye
  • Perfect for blending colors
  • Provides maximum control
  • Small enough for specific areas but not too small that you can’t smudge entire eye area
  • Plastic lid for protection
  • No bristle fraying or shedding
  • Removes harsh lines

 

Sephora Collection I.T. Face Contour Brush

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I’m still trying to perfect the art of facial contouring but I think that with time and practice I am getting better and better at it.  I have to admit, contouring wasn’t a term I really ever used in my makeup vocabulary and I never really understood the effects it can have on your face and makeup when done correctly.

I decided to buy a facial contouring brush and give it a go!  I wasn’t expecting a miraculous difference between not contouring and contouring bur I was please surprised by what a difference it actually ended up making.

I almost always stuck to using this brush when I contour my face.  It seems to always get the job done and leaves me satisfied with the results.

The handle of the brush is long and narrows itself down to the tip.  Even though the handle is long, it still gives me plenty of control when using the brush.  The tip of the brush is rounded with a thin tip.

Something else that I really like about this brush is the clear cap that comes with it.  It’s not just a cheap plastic wrapper that falls apart and can’t be used again after removal.  This keeps the brush bristles safe and protected from damage as well as germs and other makeup residues.

I’ve washed this brush plenty of times too and it remains in excellent/like-new condition.  The bristles haven’t had any shedding or fraying.

 

Pros:

  • Offers control
  • Comes with protective clear cap
  • Great for contouring, shadowing or highlighting
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Sold out at Sephora.com

 

Sephora Collection Two Tone Portfolio Brush Set

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I was going away on vacation and decided that rather than hauling a ton of individual brushes along with me that a brush set would be practical.  I wasn’t worried about having a top of the line brush set because I was going to be spending a lot of time on the beach so I wasn’t worried about having perfect makeup and also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a brush set.  So I found this set on good ol’ Sephora.com.

It features 6 essential brushes that are perfect for travel and comes with a buckle snap closure black case for $44.00.

Included in this set are the following brushes:

  • Blush brush
  • Powder/complexion brush
  • Eye shadow blending brush
  • Eye shadow detail brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Retractable lip brush

This set of brushes seemed to cover all the basics for me on a simple makeup day.  I was pleased with the set when it arrived.  It’s compact and isn’t too big or bulky.  It snaps shut nicely and doesn’t bulge out so it’s great for travel and is also a great set to toss in your purse for touchups, etc.

The only brush out of this set that I use on a daily basis is the blush brush because I still haven’t gotten around to getting a new one.  I have noticed that with daily use, this brush is starting to show some wear and getting a little worn out.  The bristles are starting to flare out a little and get a frizzy appearance.

The concealer brush was a let down and I was looking forward to using that one.  With each use, I started to notice that the bristles were moving further and further out from the brush.  Then, they started to shed excessively to the point where I was left with next to no bristles and had to toss the brush all together.

Aside from that issue and the blush brush getting worn out from daily wear, the case is still nice for travel.  The other brushes are holding up well and are not shedding.  I would say that this set is good strictly for travel only and doesn’t hold up well for day to day use over a long period of time.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Covers all the basic brush needs
  • Compact
  • Great for travel
  • Nice case

Cons:

  • Not for everyday use
  • Concealer brush didn’t last long at all