Top 3 Make Up Tools I CANNOT live without

I always used to think that strength of my make up application was based on the products I used, and even though this is true, I have found that the most important thing that matters when I put on my make up are the brushes and tools that I use! Basically I have THREE main tools that I have found that I cannot live with out.

1. SIGMA F80 FLAT KABUKI BRUSH

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This is a new brush (new to me at least!) that my best friend advised me to get, and the minute it came in the mail, I was INSTANTLY in love. This brush is ideal for liquid foundation, and it helps me put my Mac Studio Fix on with such ease. Seriously, this brush is freaking amazing. All I really do is dab the product, in my case my Mac Studio Fix NC42 Liquid foundation, and use this brush to stipple the foundation and then go back and blend in the foundation properly using small circular motions. Overall, this brush allows my make up to look almost flawless and airbrushed, and I really don’t know how I ever lived with out it! (thanks deb <3)

This brush runs for about $21 at Sigmabeauty.com and I definitely think it’s well worth the money. I’ve washed it a few times already and it does not shed, and actually holds its shape well. It’s definitely a brush that’s going to stay in good condition over the years and it makes putting on foundation so much easier and faster than normal.

2. THE BEAUTY BLENDER

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The Beauty Blender is a pretty famous little pink sponge, especially because it’s what Kim Kardashian’s MUA uses to get her face perfectly contoured and highlighted. This little magical sponge, is light, airy, and fluffy, and feels amazing on your face. Basically what you do is wet the sponge with water, and you’ll see it expand, and then squeeze the water out of it and use it to dab on your make up perfectly. You can use the Beauty Blender to put foundation all over your face, which is something I used to do before I bought my Sigma Brush. Now I use my Blender to highlight my cheekbones, nose, jawline, and forehead. I also use the pointy tip to blend my concealer properly into my foundation so that the over all coverage under my eyes matches the coverage on the rest of my face. You can find this sponge in Sephora for about $20 a piece and it’s well worth the price. It’s also a breeze to clean. I just clean mine with my face wash and take off all the make up about ever 3-4 uses. Honestly, this little sponge is a game changer when it comes to applying make up, and it really is a wonderful little thing.

3. ECOTOOLS RETRACTABLE KABUKI BRUSH

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This is a brush I found at my local drug store years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. This is the perfect kabuki brush to put on powder foundation, which is what I use to set my liquid foundation. This little brush is awesome! It’s easy to travel with, it’s not that pricey, its easy to clean, and best of all, IT DOESN’T SHED. It also distributes the powder evenly over your face, and its the softest brush I have ever used. Overall, this is one incredible brush. I’ve tried a couple of other retractable kabukis, and I always end up coming back to this one. It runs for about $8.00 at your local drug store, and it’s a great investment.

So that’s pretty much it. Again, these are just the three brushes that I can’t live without, if you have any that you feel I should look into, leave a comment below and let me know :]

 – Preksha :]

Just a Tad Bit of Organization

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So basically I’ve been a make up hoarder all my life. Seriously, I WILL NOT throw anything out (besides mascara and eyeliners and used up stuff of course) if I haven’t used it, or if there’s NO possible way I will ever use it. Recently, my bestfriend/roomie came up with a great solution for her make up disaster and I decided to take on her idea. Debbie (thats her name) bought a large basket and organized her make up in there, so that when she does want to do her make up, all she has to do it pick up her basket and go into the bathroom. This also got rid of her hoarding problem because she ended up putting all the things she doesnt use in the basket too so she would actually start using it.

I ended up purchasing a large basket this weekend, and it really has made my life SO MUCH EASIER. Yeah, it’s a simple solution that I’m sure you’ve heard of before, but this really changed my life. I am a chronic make up POUCH user, which gets really annoying because I have about a million different make up bags and sometimes I’ll forget about things that I could have used because they’re hiding in another make up bag. By putting all my make up in the basket and organizing it that way, I’m able to place everything that I use daily in a neat and organized manner in the basket and put all the things I dont use there too so maybe if I see it everyday I’ll actually use it. It’s easily accessable and I can move my basket with me wherever I need to do my make up in the apartment.

Basically having this basket for all my make up really does make my everyday make up routine a hundred times easier and makes it really hard for me to misplace my make up or lose anything! I definitely recommend using something of this sort to organize your make up :]

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 – Preksha :]

MAC Ruby Woo

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All my life, I’ve been in LOVE with red lipstick. Its classy, bold, and sexy. But I definitely NEVER thought I could pull it off until one day I walked into my local MAC store and looked at the MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. Of course I had been doing lots of research on red lipsticks and had bought a couple drug store brands for a trial run, just to see how it would look on me. However, this particular day I decided to ask the sales associate at MAC about the different red lipsticks they had, and she showed me both Russian Red and Ruby Woo. At first she told me to try Russian Red but I found that color to be a tad bit too dark. I then went for the Ruby Woo, and instantly fell in love.

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The color is an EXTREMELY matte color. It is a tad bit drying so I would suggest putting on some chapstick or lipbalm before actually putting the lipstick on. The color is very vibrant and has is a very long lasting color. I put it on in the morning and I dont have to touch it up for about six hours. I always thought that I could never wear red lipstick because of my Indian complexion, but after buying this color, I highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone if you haven’t thought of wearing such a bold color before.

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– Preksha :]