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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Lip Brush that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Honestly, I haven’t found one that I’ve hated by any means, and it’s probably a brush I use least (since I typically apply from the bullet itself!). I look forward to seeing if there are some favorites among you guys!

Thanks to Di for today’s question!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks
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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new formula that takes the Revolution formula we’ve become accustomed to and given it more of a matte finish. There will be nine shades available. I don’t have a full press release yet, but according to Wende’s Instagram, it’s a “comfy version of matte” that will release this July 8th. As soon as I have full details, I’ll be sure to post, and reviews to come as I work through testing these :)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00)

BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty celebrity and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create a new limited-edition shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder. Featuring her dream shade, Champagne Pop—a soft white, gold shade with pinky peach undertones—this creamy luminizer leaves the skin with a soft pearlized glow. It’s infused with light-reflecting pearls that beautifully catch the light, allowing your favorite features to pop. Just apply to targeted areas, or simply sweep it up on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for quick, radiant perfection.

  • Champagne Pop Soft white gold with pinky peach undertones

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection
Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection

These beautiful brushes feature an innovative synthetic bristle material—the first to benefit from exclusive technology—that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair. The result of the first ever collaboration between a beauty company and highly-skilled traditional Hakuho-do craftsmen, these brushes benefit from the expertise of the Sephora Pro team and are handmade in Japan using a traditional, 200-year-old manufacturing technique. This ensures the highest quality design, materials, and assembly for astounding results.

Concealer Brush ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used to apply blush, contour, or for more detailed application and can also create an ideal natural look. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Fan Cheek Brush ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used to apply powder, contour, or for bronzer. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Wedge Sloping Powder Brush ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

This large angled powder brush—a brand-new shape developed by the Sephora Pro team—can be used for the self-application of powder, bronzer, or for neck shading. The new shape is designed to sculpt and provide maximum control when applying makeup to yourself. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product due to less absorption, and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Small Teardrop Pointed Highlighter ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used for precision contouring and highlighting. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

A large pointed powder brush to apply powder, contour, or bronzer.

Availability: Now at Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set
Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set ($215.00) is a five-piece brush set created as a collaboration between retailer Beautylish and Japanese brush maker Chikuhodo (see reviews here). I haven’t had much time to use the brush set, so these are first impressions (and may be the only “review” I’ll write-up, as these are almost sold out). All five brushes appeared very even across the edges upon arrival, and the brushes are incredibly soft, with the exception of the Detail brush, which isn’t scratchy but comes to such a fine point that it is a firmer brush so you’ll want to use light pressure when working with it. The price point is higher than your average brush set but seems in line with the pricing of most handmade, Japanese brushes, if not a little cheaper. The handles have cherry blossoms cascading vertically, and I tried scratching at them with my nails, and none of the sheen or color flaked off. Three of the brushes (Powder, Crease, Detail) are shapes that I don’t find my collection, so that was a nice touch. I’m not sure about the usefulness of the crease brush, but I’m certainly game to give it a try. I think the best brush in the collection is the Cheek brush, with the Powder and Shade brushes right behind it.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Powder Brush is a large powder brush with a very rounded, angled edge that is flatter than your typical, round powder brush. The angle almost made me think it wasn’t cut right, but the angle is deliberate (described as “allows you to emphasize your most flattering features”). The angled edge is new to me, but it fits well when you brush across the cheek bones, going from the nose to the outer edge of the cheeks. It is incredibly soft and airy, and you don’t feel any of the individual bristles when using it. It is made out of a mix of grey squirrel and goat hair. The brush head is 54mm in length, 42mm in width, and 23mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.5 inches / 17 centimeters with a lightly pinched ferrule. I compared it to Chikuhodo’s GSN-03 Cheek Brush ($127), which is made out of the same type of hairs, but the Sakura Powder brush is noticeably softer with finer bristles; they are similar in general size and shape, except the Sakura Powder brush has the angled edge and is flatter overall.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Cheek Brushis a small-to-medium-sized cheek brush with a rounded dome shape that is flatter than some blush brushes (it isn’t rounded as a whole). The shape is perfect for patting on blush and then sweeping to blend and diffuse the edges. It will pick-up less powder than a goat-haired brush will, so the effect is subtler from the get-go and often makes applying blush more foolproof. It is very soft and smooth, and no matter the direction, it never irritates the skin. It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head is 37mm in length, 28mm in width, and 16mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters. I compared it to Chikuhodo’s Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush ($73), which is wider and fluffier; and SUQQU Cheek (£80.00), which is smaller, flares from the base more, and is more rounded with an airier feel overall, while the softness of the Sakura Cheek is very comparable to both.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Crease Brush is a very long, tapered, and pointed crease brush that has hairs that start short on the exterior and get longer and longer as they taper. While it comes to a more distinct point, it doesn’t feel sharp (likely because the bristles taper, so there are only a few that reach the very tip) and is feathery (not very dense). This one is going to take some practice to work with, and it has such a light touch that it sometimes tickles to use (for me). It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head is 20mm in length, 6mm in width and thickness (at its widest). It had a total length of 5.25 inches / 13.5 centimeters. I compared to Wayne Goss #04 Crease Brush ($28), mostly for size, as the way they’re designed is quite different.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Shader Brush is a medium-sized, flat dome-shaped eye brush. This type of brush is similar to more well-known brushes like MAC’s 239, and it is good for depositing powder product on the eyelid. The flatter shape makes it ideal for patting and packing on eyeshadow, but the domed edge and ultra-soft bristles allow maneuverability along the lid as well as into the crease and for light blending. It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head was 12mm in length, 11mm in width, and 5.4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 5 inches / 12.5 centimeters. The brush is wider and flatter compared to Chikuhodo’s GSN-09 ($25), which is also made out of grey squirrel (and one of my favorite brushes).

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Detail Brush is a very tiny brush that is flat and tapers to a rounded tip–it looks almost like a triangle. It is made out of fitch and horse hairs. The brush head is 7mm in length, 4.3mm in width, and 2.2mm in thickness. It had a total length of 4.75 inches / 12 centimeters. It is a very small brush and best used with light pressure, as it is rather pointed, and so it will feel almost sharp if you use too much pressure. I could see it being useful for applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line, inner corner, pin point concealing, or concealing underneath the brow bone or along the lips.  More for reference, I showed it next to Chikuhodo’s Z-10 ($45), which is a more pointed crease brush, but it is quite a bit larger.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Tarte Sets & Kits for Fall 2015
Tarte Sets & Kits for Fall 2015

Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00) (New)

Bring an energetic look to eyes and cheeks with tarte’s clay-infused eye and cheek palette, featuring eight gorgeous eye shadows in neutral, plum, and smoky hues. Then amp up your makeup look with the versatile eye and cheek highlighter and go softly flushed with the warm, neutral blush—each infused with tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay and encased in a chic palette. Use the included step-by-step guide to learn how to create the “Everyday Energy” and “Nighttime Noir” looks. This palette contains:

  • Amazonian clay eye shadow in Full Moon, Charged Up, Dark Drive, Stone Unturned, Up Too Slate, Misty Mauve, Power Plum, Lunar Eclipse
  • Amazonian clay highlighter in Crystal Spark
  • Amazonian clay 12-Hour blush in Unearthed

Full Face of Gorgeous Color Collection ($49.00) (New, Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Let your makeup looks match the warm weather with tarte’s full face of gorgeous™ color collection. Featuring a limited-edition makeup bag packed with glowing essentials for the eyes, cheeks, and lips, it’s everything you need to flaunt makeup looks that are perfect for the season. Explore the bestselling lights, camera, splashes™ waterproof mascara in travel and trial sizes, and then nourish and balance skin with tarte’s Amazonian clay-infused, bestselling cheek formulas. Try on an array of trendy eye looks with the versatile eye shadow quad, and then finish off your makeup look with a glossy pop of warm color on the lips. This set contains:

  • Apple of my eye Amazonian clay eye shadow quad in Golden Delicious (gold), Caramel (rust brown), Gala (dark brown), Honeycrisp (bronze)
  • Amazonian clay bronzer in park ave princess™
  • Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless (pink coral)
  • LipSurgence™ lip gloss in Fearless (shimmering pink coral)
  • Deluxe lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara
  • Limited-edition makeup bag

Sculpt & Glow Radiant Essentials ($59.00) (New, Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Tarte Sculpt & Glow Radiant Essentials features an array of beauty must-haves that you can take on the road. Featuring the best of tarte’s contouring and bronzing essentials, this stunning, full-size collection that lets you create a full face of flawless radiance. Explore natural-looking lip shades with the bestselling LipSurgence™ lip tint and lip gloss, and flaunt a radiant flush with the Peach Bronze colored clay bronzer blush. Finish off with a volumized lash look with tarte’s iconic, full-size lights, camera, lashes™ mascara. Perfect for summer, this portable makeup essentials set is encased in a versatile travel makeup bag. This set contains:

  • The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess™
  • Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Peach Bronze
  • LipSurgence Lip Tint in Charmed (light pink)
  • LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Flush (berry rose)
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Limited-edition blush brush
  • Limited-edition makeup bag

Availability: Now at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

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