MAC 109 Small Contour Brush Photos & Review

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush ($32.00) is designed to be used to blend and contour with powder products, but this brush is quite the multi-tasker. It’s a small face brush with a rounded-dome tip, densely packed bristles. It can actually be a bit too big to contour with, depending on the where and when of your face, but I actually am fond of using this brush to blend out more emollient (e.g. liquids or creams) products, particularly foundation and blushcremes.

This works well with both cream and liquid foundations, and I prefer it to the 187. (Though, I still love the 182 for foundation overall–this comes close, and the bonus is it is easier to wash.) You can also use this to apply powder products like blush and bronzer, too. It’s easy to both apply and blend out all sorts of products, so this is definitely is a brush I’d recommend picking up–plus, it is on the lower end of the price spectrum as far as face brushes go.

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Look Book – What would you pair with MAC Creme de Miel Eyeshadow?

If you were using MAC Creme de Miel Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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Smashbox Reign Collection for Fall 2009

Smashbox Reign Collection for Fall 2009

The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty.

Eye Shadow Palette ($42.00)

  • Majesty Peach champagne, plum burgundy, black
  • Monarch Light gold, bronze, taupe trio

Jet Set Palette ($48.00)

  • Matte black/dark brown, Gold and metallic brown liner duos

Fusion Blush ($32.00)

  • Regal Soft peachy pink

Lash DNA Mascara ($19.00)

  • Plum Muted eggplant

Lip Gloss ($18.00)

  • Crowned Sheer peachy pink

Doubletake Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Amaretto Pinkish nude/warm nude
  • Currant Deep plum/dark cherry

Available: Now at Sephora.com

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Sephora Favorites – Best of the Best Try-Me Kits

Have you checked out Sephora Favorites?

They’re pre-packaged kits/sets of Sephora’s favorite/popular products from different categories. For example, there’s Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler, which features eleven different “most wanted mascaras” for $39. There are ten kits in total, from pink lips to fragrances to skin care. All of the kits are $40 or less. The kits offer a more cost-effective way to try out bestsellers and products you’ve thought about but never wanted shell out all the money for. I think I’m most interested in the Face Quenchers Moisturizers Deluxe Sampler.

Samples/Freebies Codes

  • Free Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation, use code BEMATTE.
  • Free Mystic Tan Sample, use code MYSTIC.
  • Free Enzyme Face Peel by AmorePacific, use code AMORE.
  • Free sample bag of men’s grooming essentials, use code ALLHIS.
  • Free full-sized Perricone Eye Smoother, use code CERAMIC.
  • Free Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Light, use code PRIMER.
  • Free DuWop Prime Venom, use code DUWOP.