My Makeup Brush Set – OVAL BRUSHES

I finally got around to playing with my round makeup brushes from My Makeup Brush Set, and I was pleasantly surprised! As a makeup artist, I have my favorite go-to brushes that I can’t live without but I challenged myself to create a look only using my oval brush set. First off, they’re sooo soft and I love it. I really loved how my foundation buffed in to my skin without any streaking. I also thought that a lot of my products would be absorbed too much by the brushes but they weren’t. I used the second biggest brush to apply foundation and also used it to apply my bronzer and blush and it worked great. I used the smallest circle shaped brush to apply my eyeshadow to the crease and outer corner. The eyeshadow applied well and I liked it but I did go in with my fingers and soften the edges of my eyeshadow since I didn’t have any type of blending brush. I would also say to be soft handed when dipping into any of your pressed powder products. Because they’re synthetic bristles and pretty dense, if you press to hard you’ll have a lot of left over powder that you won’t use that you’ll end up blowing off your palette or powder. I really loved the smallest thinner round shaped brush. I used it as a smudge brush to soften and smoke out my bottom pencil eyeliner and it looked great!  Overall I liked these brushes and it was fun to challenge myself to use something different. I would definitely say that these brushes would take some getting used to, but I can tell the more I use them the more I’ll love them. You can find oval brush sets and other products they offer here: https://www.mymakeupbrushset.com/ https://www.ovalbrushset.com/

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Summer Makeup featuring Benefit Cosmetics

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These six products are some of my favorite Benefit products and are all perfect for a simple summer makeup look. I love Benefit’s cute playful packaging and how each product can be used in different ways.

Product #1 is their newest face primer “Stay Flawless.” It is a 15 hour primer base in a stick-form that acts like a magnet to lock on foundation for 15 hours. It helps increase foundation coverage and the look of skin/complexion. To apply, glide the primer stick all over your face, then gently blend it with your fingertips.

Product #2 has been a favorite Benefit product of mine for awhile. It is a liquid illuminating product called “Girl Meets Pearl.” It can be used underneath foundation for a natural glow, on top of makeup on the cheekbones as a highlighter, or worn alone for a beautiful dewy complexion. It can also be mixed with other primers to add a touch of radiance to the skin. The best application method for this product would be the tips of the fingers.

Product #3 is their new BB (beauty balm) cream “The Big Easy.” This product is a lightweight liquid to powder foundation that helps balance the skin’s moisture and controls oil. It is a self-adjusting formula that melts in like a cream and finishes to a velvety powder. It is an oil-free product and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t break you out). It also contains an SPF of 35 so you will be getting a little sun protection as well.

Product #4 is beautiful cream cheek brightener called “Fine One One.” It is a sheer brightening cheek trio with a pink champagne, watermelon, and coral color that can be used on the lips as well! The color looks good on many different skin tones and lifts and shapes the cheekbones with a touch of radiance. The best way to apply this product is also with the finger tips.

Product #5 is the “Hello Flawless” face powder. This product has been one of my favorite powders for a long time. It is a very soft and velvety powder with SPF 15. It contains a small brush inside as well as a sponge applicator. Applying this powder with a sponge will give a beautiful full coverage that still feels lightweight and soft. Applying it with a brush will give a sheer natural finish by itself, or can be put on top of a liquid foundation for an amazing full coverage and satin finish.

Product #6 is one of the new hydrating tinted lip balms called “Lolli Balm.” This candy-orchid tinted lip balm is very hydrating and conditioning and gives just the perfect tint of color. This is a great product to have in your purse and apply by itself throughout the day, or it can be worn over the top of any lip stain or lipstick to add hydration and shine. All of these products can be found at your local Sephora or online at http://www.benefitcosmetics.com.