My Top 4 Makeup Brushes- Featuring Ecotools and Bare Escentuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi beauties!

It’s cloudy here, but hopefully Mother Nature has made it sunny near you!

Today I wanted to tell you about my favorite brushes.  I have various makeup brushes, but these are the four that I constantly reach for!

My Favorite Eyeshadow Brush: Bareminerals Shape & Define Double-Ended Brush (Far right)

 

(The eyeliner side)

 

 

This is just a wonderful brush.  The shaping side allows you to blend eyeshadows with ease on your lid.  Then the eyeliner side gives a precise application of eyeliner, or- how I typically use it- to apply white/light cream colored eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye.  A light colored shadow on the inner corner of your eye helps brighten the eye area (which I love!)

My Favorite Powder Brush: Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush (Second from right)

My favorite powder brush is not actually called a powder brush.  Instead, it is Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush.  Their powder brush was just too big for me.  So, I decided to try their blush brush as a powder brush.  It is wonderful!  The bristles are so soft and just glide across my face.  It applies enough powder, but not too much that you can see it.  What is also nice about this Ecotools blush brush is that it has taklon bristles that are cruelty free, has a recycled aluminum ferrule, and a bamboo handle.  So, the Ecotools brushes really are good for you and Mother Nature!

(If you’re wondering how the Ecotools blush brush performs as a blush brush, I do like it for that.  Yet, it does deposit much more product at once compared to other blush brushes.  If you want a stronger blush look, this is a very nice blush brush.  Otherwise, you have to be careful how much blush is getting on the brush.  So, if you want a more natural look, or are just starting to use blush, I would recommend a stippling brush for blush instead.  It is more fool proof.)

My Favorite Blush Brush: Bareminerals Feather Light Brush (Second from left)

I had roscea from when I was about nine years old until high school.  So, I was very reluctant to use blush until this past year.  This brush makes applying blush super easy.  With this stippling brush, the blush looks natural, but you can still see it.  Perfect!

My Favorite Liquid Foundation Brush: Bareminerals Light Stroke Brush (Left)

This brush allows you to have complete control when you are applying liquid foundation.  It gives you a nice coverage without looking cakey.

Those are my four favorite makeup brushes!  I hope they give you ideas for what brushes you can use.  And remember: just because a brush is advertised as meant for a specific purpose (ex. powder brush, blush brush, etc.) does not mean that you have to use it for that purpose.  Play around and see what brushes you personally like for different types of makeup!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note: These three Baremineral brushes all came in kits I purchased a couple of years ago.  The Ecotools brush I received free- not due to my blog but because I participated in their Live Beautifully Campaign last year.  I was not contacted by either Bareminerals or Ecotools, and I am not being compensated for this post.  I just love these brushes and wanted to share them with you! 🙂

The Ecotools Blush Brush averages between $7 and $10, and is available (including but not limited to) at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and Amazon.  The Bareminerals Feather Light Brush is available at www.qvc.com for $24.  The Bareminerals Light Stroke Brush is available at www.qvc.com and www.bareescentuals.com for $20.  The Bareminerals Shape & Define Brush is no longer available (there are some on ebay though)- but you can buy the eyeliner brush separately for $12 at www.bareescentuals.com.  For the other side of this brush, look for a tapered blending eyeshadow brush. 🙂

Sunny Mother Nature Says Organize One Area Today!

Sunny Mother Nature says to organize just one area today!

I know it is often times difficult to find time to clean and, especially, organize.  However, it is the beginning of the new year, so a few areas organized won’t hurt, right?  So, fear not!

The plan to go by is instead of trying to tackle an entire room, or even an entire organizing “project” you made for yourself, try this:

just organize one small area 

It doesn’t have to be the smallest room in your house, or even that hallway that really needs to be cleaned.  Start out with something that has been bugging you for a while now, but you just haven’t found the time to work on.  You don’t even have to spend money to organize it.  Instead, find something that you already have to help you organize.

For me, it is my scarves.  I love scarves and I especially wear them on snowy days like today in the Northeast.  I have probably ten of them, but I don’t buy them for myself.  Other people, like my sister, have given them to me. 

So, what did I do?  I found a row of hooks that wasn’t being used (except to hold two random hangers) in another closet, and placed it behind my door. 

Now, suddenly I was using an area and an object that both weren’t being used to help myself get a little bit more organized!  My scarves are no longer just thrown across my chairs.  (The result was the photograph at the beginning of this post.)

Craft supplies were another thing that I just really needed to organize.  They were just all over the place!  So, I took this random beautiful shiny red box that was in a closet and placed all of my needles, crochet needles, yarn, a couple of needlepoint kits in there.  Suddenly, I was done and organized! 

If you don’t have my scarf problem, or any trouble with craft supplies, here are some other tiny organizing projects you can do:

organize:

where the mail goes- use a random decorative box you have and place the mail in there.  If you have a couple different sizes in the boxes, that would help for the different sized mail.  Or, if you have boxes with different sections in them, then you could place mail in one, or two, and place pens, pencils, and scissors in another!  You can use decorative boxes to help organize so many things!

purses -use a row of hooks for this too

makeup brushes – use old mason jars, or any old jars/ mugs/ glasses you no longer use that are nice looking and place your brushes in there.  Now they’re not all over the place! 

lip glosses and lip sticks- same idea as makeup brushes

These are just a few, tiny suggestions to get you started.  There are so many more to choose from!

Is this the end of organizing?  Of course not.  There is still so much to do.  Yet, by doing this one tiny act of organizing, it may make us both feel up to organizing another tiny space.  From there, maybe up to organizing an entire room.  Little steps, little steps…

And Mother Nature will be happy that we are all organizing because that means things will be in their place and then there will be less consumption.  Therefore, when you look for that pair of scissors, you’ll be able to find it, instead of having to buy another pair every time the pair before it is lost.  So, happy organizing!