Project Pan Monthly: August Roundup & September Items

This post is going up later than my usual schedule. I have been using my September Items since the beginning of the month but I’ve finally gotten around to posting it.

For August I was again on the minimal makeup train. I really don’t like piling a lot of makeup on when it was super hot outside. I also feel like generally, I want to wear less and less makeup, especially foundation. I have recently started wearing BB Creams again. You’ll see below that I added a BB Cream to my September Project Pan.  I did enjoy using my colourful eyeshadows though, so I’m going to continue to incorporate that. I think by the end of August I had used my products about 23/30 days.

In case you didn’t know, this is my Project Pan objective;

Project Pan Monthly

Each month I choose 4 items to use, sharing reviews of those products if they aren’t already on the blog. At the end of the month, I’ll share an update of how well I did and then list the items for the next month. The products are chosen from these categories;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette
  • One Lip Item (lipstick, lip balm, gloss, etc.)
  • One Face Item (foundation, highlighter, blush, bronzer)
  • One Random Item (can be another item from the categories above, or be something else like mascara, liner, skincare, body care, fragrance, etc.)]

August Roundup

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Starting with the eyeshadow palette, I used my Smashbox Cover shot Palette during the week for fun one sweep eyeshadows for work. I loved using the shades on the right-hand quad because it has the golden and orange colours which worked a lot with the outfits I wore in August.

The orange blush got good use at the beginning of summer when I was really into wearing warm colours and I was wearing warmer bronzer. Towards the end of August though I started wanted to wear cool pink blushes that I have instead so this didn’t get as much use as I was hoping.

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I was pretty consistent with wearing my Yves Rocher Foundation in August because I would mix it with my bb cream to sheer it out to make it lighter coverage. The shade was just right for my summer skin and I really love this formula. I was able to use about a quarter of the bottle which I think is great progress.

Lastly, although I didn’t use my Laritzy Lip Crayon as often, I still really enjoyed it whenever I did wear it. This felt more like a balm which made it very comfortable to wear. I, unfortunately, kept forgetting to put it in my purse so I would remember to reapply it during the day but if I did I’m sure I would have used up more of it.


My September  Items

This month I’ve chosen;

  • One Eyeshadow Palette – Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes (reviewed here)
  • One Lip Item – Guerlain Hydrating & Plumping Lip Balm
  • One Face Item – Garnier SkinActive BB Cream 5 in 1
  • One Random Item – Nest Cocoa Wood Eau De Parfum

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This month, I’m going to be focusing on pinks and peaches since I just feel like continuing the colour train from last month. It has been a while since I’ve used my Just Peachy Mattes Palette but I think it’ll really work with Fall vibes.  Since I’ve was mixing my foundation with this BB CReam anyways I thought I’d focus on my Garnier SkinActive BB Cream. I received it at a beauty event thrown by ChichAdvisor and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

I’m also going to be heading back to lip balms for September. I was tempted to pick a warm nude or brown shade for Autumn, but I figured that the season hasn’t justed just yet so I wanted to give my brighter shades one last go. Plus, it’s a balm so it’s very comfortable to wear. Lastly, I added perfume to my Project Pan. This one from Nest came as a set that I received on my birthday. I decided I would start wearing it more often since I loved this scent.

How is your progress been for Project Pan this month? What are you hoping to use up for September?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Pretty Pink Makeup Look

With it almost Valentine’s Day, I’ve seen so many beautiful pink makeup looks and was inspired to create my own. I’m not big on actually celebrating Valentine’s Day, but it is a nice reminder to share love with those you care about around you. Also, it’s a great excuse to buy a box of chocolates for myself!

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The look I created is very soft, I was hoping to create more of a neon pink look but I didn’t have that colour in any of my palettes. Thinking back now, I probably could have used some of my blushes on my eyes since I have an array of pinks. Anyways, I’m still happy with the final look.

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For the eyes, I used two palettes. My ever favourite Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (reviewed here) and a newer palette in my collection, the Jaclyn Hill Palette (review to come!) I picked out the pink shades and worked them together in my eye look.

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I put concealer all over my eyes and used Peaches N’ Cream from Sweet Peach Palette as a base shadow. Sticking with the Sweet Peach Palette, I used Candied Peach in my crease and the outer edge of my lid. I then used Georgia to blend it out.

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Since the pink shades in the Jacklyn Hill palette were shimmery, I used them on my lids. On the outer half of my lid, I used Sissy and blended it slightly with Faint on the inner portion of the lid.

I went back to my Sweet Peach Palette to grab Summer Yum to slightly deepen the outer edge of my crease. I also used a little bit of that and mixed with Just Peachy for my lower lid.

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For the inner corner Highlight, I went into my Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette (reviewed here) and grabbed Worthy. This is such a pretty sparkly lilac shade and it worked so well with the look. To finish off the eyes, I added some mascara.

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For blush I used Dainty from my Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette.  For highlight, I used my Wet N’ Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow. I received this in my Topbox and it’s currently in Project Pan Monthly for February. I’ll have a dedicated review for this in the next few days.

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For the lips, I did a mixture of three lip items since I didn’t have a lipstick colour I thought worked well with my eye look on its own. I started with my Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in 220 Powerful. To make pink a little more peachy I added some of my Two Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach oil in Pure Peach. For a little sparkle, I then used my Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle, this is a gorgeous champagne shade.

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Altogether, I love how everything looks. Pink works really well with my complexion and it’s so fun to wear when I’m not sticking to browns but still want something that won’t be too bold. How do you like wearing pink makeup?

Lots of Love,
Dal

2019 Blog Goals!

Happy New Year!

It’s finally 2019 and I wanted to share some goals I have for the blog! There are some things that I’m going to be doing differently in 2019 and I thought it wold be fun to keep you in the loop! I’ve never really set a goal for the blog, I just like to keep things fun. This year, I think it’ll be good to challenge myself to reach some of the goals below.

If you have any goals for your blog, I’d love to know them!

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My 2019 Blog Goals!

  1. Makeup No Buy. Yes, I’m going to attempt this. I have so many products in my makeup collection that I haven’t even opened and I get monthly subscription boxes full of new items. I think I can handle not purchasing any new makeup unless I must. For instance, if a makeup item runs out and I don’t have a back up of it, then I’ll purchase. Otherwise, no shopping for me!
  2. More Reviews. As I go through the makeup I have in my collection, I’ll try to post more reviews. I was looking at my previous posts and I average about 2 reviews a month. I want to increase that to 3-4.
  3. More Random Posts. I loved sharing my Summer Walk at High Park and I think it will be fun to change things up once in a while and add a post that is not beauty related but more just about my day to day.
  4. Changing up my Project Pan. This is going to be a fun challenge for me. I’m going to set up a monthly project pan for myself rather than a yearly one. This will ensure I rotate through my makeup items and I won’t get bored of using the same products. Look out for my January post with more details on that.

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, December 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you can receive a surprise box or opt to swap it for a prive box. Prive boxes are usually a collection of items from one particular brand, full-size items or a curated set of products that fall within a theme. You can always see what items are offered in prive boxes before they are shipped.

This month I opted for a surprise box!

All prices in Canadian Dollars.

Luna by Luna Highlighter in Calypso
Full Size: $30.78 (3g), this is a full-size item

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I like the silver tone of this highlighter. It’s unique to my collection since I have mostly owned champagne or pink toned highlighters.

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The baked formula is light, creamy and very shimmery. I love how this catches the light and think it would look so beautiful over the cheeks or on the eyes.

Smashbox Always on Lipstick in Bawse
Full Size: $24.00 (4mL), Mini Size: $6.00 (1mL)

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I love the shade Bawse! It’s such a gorgeous red that is so bold! It’s really great for the holidays but I also like this for really fun evening’s out when you just want to rock a bold lip. This is an 8-hour, liquid matte lipstick that’s supposed to be comfortable and not dry out your lips.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in All the Jingle Ladies
Full Size: $7.99 (10 mL), this is a full-size item

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I’m applying this to my nails right away! This is such a great, sparkly red that is perfect for the holidays! Yes, Christmas is over, but I’m still celebrating the season! I love the flecks of gold, they are just so festive.

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It matches the Smashbox Bawse Lipstick so they would make the perfect pair! This formula is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Phthalate-Free, Petrochemical-Free, GMO-Free, and Triclosan-Free.

Papa Recipe Bombee Fruitables Red Squeex Intensive Mask
One Sheet Mask: $2.29

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This brand is sold at PinkNBlossom.com, an Ontario-based Company that sells Korean Skincare Products. I just discovered that and I know I’ll be checking out the website for more goodies! This mask includes 5 extracts; tomato, apple, pomegranate, mangosteen and redcurrant. It relieves and improves the skin. Even the sheet itself is interesting, it’s called a line cell sheet which is thinner than traditional sheet masks but is strong and adheres to the skin better. I am definitely going to be testing this out!

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Now there you have it! Everything from my Topbox! I’m really happy that I received two full-size products this month! I am super excited to wear the highlighter and test out the sheet mask the most!

Total Value: $47.06 CAD

Did you get Topbox this month? What was in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Festive Makeup Look, Sparkly Eyes & Red Lips

Hold the phone! Christmas is less then a week away! WOOOOOHOOOO!!!!!

Today I thought I’d do full-on Christmas glam! Sparkly eyes and Red lips! I like this look so much I think I might wear this for a Christmas Eve Party I will be attending. Something about the combination of full-on glitter lids and a red lip that just feels like the holidays.

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For the eyes, I used my Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Minimalist to get a base going. I used the warm-toned shades on the left side of the palette below. I mostly kept to the light brown on the very left of the palette in my crease and on my lid with a touch of the dark brown to deepen crease.

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I used some concealer mixed with glitter glue (I use Too Faced) to cut the crease halfway on my lid starting from the inner portion of the lid to the center. Then I used the light brown shade again to blend out any harsh edges.

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Over the area I had applied the concealer, I used the shimmer and glitter side of the Tarte Pro Glitter Liner in Gold. I applied my Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust over the areas I had applied the Tarte liner. The silver glitter in Diamond Dust worked so well with the gold. I wanted to make this as sparkly as possible which is why I used both of these products. I kept my lids semi-closed to allow them to dry so that the glitters would not transfer on to my lid.

To finish it all off, I lined my eyes using my Covergirl Get in Line Liquid Liner which I mentioned in my Strong Wing and Fluttery Eyes festive makeup look. 

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For the lips, I did a combo of Two Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick in Lady Balls and Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Scandalous. These are both very similar reds and wearing them together helped keep the lip long lasting and comfortable. I don’t usually wear red lipsticks but this was so flattering that I think I might wear them more often.

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This look is so fun to put together. It definitely is very Christmas themed and beautiful.

Do you have any plans for Christmas Eve?

In case I don’t have another post up before the 25th, I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Lots of Love,
Dal

Festive Makeup Look, Shimmery Eyes and Bold Lip

We are speeding towards Christmas! As it edges toward mid-December I realize I have to start my shopping for gifts! I really need to get started! Anyone else procrastinating like I am or have you started your shopping?

There are a few upcoming events this week and I thought I’d share another festive look that I know I’ll wear to one of them. I love a smokey, shimmery eye and a bold lip for an evening look.

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During this time of year, I find my Too Faced Gold Chocolate Bar Palette comes in handy because I can put together a variety of looks using the shimmery colours. It’s my favourite palette for coming up with evening style makeup.  I put boxes around the colours I used below.

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In the crease, I put in matte shades on the right and then layered a few different shimmers. I put the deeper shimmers closer to the outer lid and the brighter shimmers closer to the middle of the lid.

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For the tiniest amount of sparkle, I added my Stila Glitter Shadow in Kitten Karma. It’s not a crazy amount but it adds just a little festive flair. I used my finger to apply a touch in the centre of my lid.

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For the lips, I applied Rimmel London Stay Matte in Pink Bliss. It’s a berry/nude shade. I love red lipstick but don’t really think I can pull it off as well as others can, so I feel a lot safer wearing shades like this one because it’s bold and I think when paired with a shimmer lid it still gives a holiday vibe. I applied a slightly deeper liner around my lips just so that it would stand out a bit more.

I love a look like this very much. It’s festive and fun but still really sultry and perfect for an evening out.

How do you like wearing your makeup for an evening holiday event?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Festive Makeup Look, Strong Wing & Fluttery Lashes

I rarely post makeup looks on the blog, but for the holidays I thought I’d share some I know I’ll be rocking for December.

I do a lot of celebrating during the month. There are work parties, potlucks, lunches, friends-mas, cousins-mas, Xmas Eve and day, and let’s not forget topping it all off with New Year’s Eve!! In a nutshell, I’m busy eating, drinking and celebrating with those I love.

I find that during this time I really like to play around with makeup. Today I’m sharing the winged eyeliner and fluttery lash look I shared on my Instagram a week ago.

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I love a good wing because it frames my large eyes and is pretty fun yet still elegant.

I start off with a skin-toned base all over the lid and just use bronzer in the crease to give my eyes depth. I then hold my breath as I create an exaggerated wing. If you mess up, a little micellar water or makeup remover on a small brush always does the trick to clean it up.

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The eyeliner I used is the Covergirl Get in Line Liquid Liner. This has a fine 0.1 mm tip so I can create a really sharp wing. I also like it for getting super close to the lash line. This formula is liquid but not runny and is super black. It dries down quick but I still have time to work on the wing before it fully sets. I like it. It’s also has a comfortable grip which helps keep my hand steady.

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To finish off the eyes I applied Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara. I find that it coats my lashes well and the shape of the brush helps to fan out the lashes for a full and fluttery look.

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The mascara doesn’t give me all the length I’m looking for but it’s great with the wing because it draws attention to my eyes, it’s a mascara I enjoy wearing during the day because it’s bold but not too dramatic. I have this in the very black shade which is a very intense black.

Since we’re on the Covergirl train, I finished the look off with Covergirl’s Exhibitionist Cream Lipstick in Sweetheart Blush. This is a metallic baby pink shade. I think this looks best on me as a lip topper. It is a very comfortable formula that is balm-like. This comes in 27 shades.

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I would wear this look during the day for an office event or holiday lunch because it’s a bit extra to how I do my makeup usually for work. Plus it’s a very quick look to put together in the morning that will last me the whole day.

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Do you like wearing a bold eyeliner and fluttery lashes?

Lots of Love,
Dal

I received the items mentioned above complimentary from Influenster.

On MyLipAddiction.com Beauty Podcast again! This time it is axe-mazing!

Hello! Once again, I’m on episode 26 of MipAddication.com Beauty Podcast! This is the third time Cat has invited me on and we have such an amazing time together talking about beauty, social media and axe-throwing! Yep! You saw that right!

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You can catch us on the podcast at these links here;

iTunes

Buzzsprout

Stitcher

Google Play

Thanks so much, Cat for having me on the Podcast! I always enjoy catching up and sharing new things about myself.

Lots of Love,
Dal

It’s not just Flowers, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance

Ever walk through the perfume aisle at a department store and get bombarded by a number of Fragrance Spritzers?  Ever actually pick up the perfume they are attempting to lure you into purchasing? Well, I have! That’s how I discovered the Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance.

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With it almost holiday time, fragrance bundles are going to give you the best bang for your buck as perfume never goes on sale, so sets are the best way to get more of that good stuff. I bought the Blooming Bouquet set two years ago and I’ve been loving it since so I thought I’d share 🙂

Key Notes:
Calabrian Bergamot, Damascus Rose Absolute, Peony, White Musk

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Now, I’ll admit I love the scent of rose, but this has so much more depth with the bergamot, peony and musk additions. On Sephora, one of the keynotes is grapefruit, which I think is very true to this scent. It’s very fresh. It smells so sultry but light which makes this perfect to wear during the day or for a night when you want to smell fresh. The rose scent is wilder than it is sweet and the white musk does add a bit of warmth without being overbearing. I wear this every day for work. It’s become my signature scent.

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I think it’s a similar to J’Adore by Dior or Daisy by Marc Jacobs because I feel like it’s in the same fragrance category – light, clean, and feminine. If you know someone who likes these scents, this might be a good Christmas gift option for them.

The bottle is so beautiful too. I love that the cap has a silver wrapped bow on it, it just looks like a little present.

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When I purchased mine, I received it in a set with the 100mL bottle, a little 5mL bottle and a 10mL refillable travel fragrance capsule that was prefilled (you then can use the larger bottle to refill it afterwards). I’ve included a photo of it below, it’s available as a set this year too so it’s a great time to pick it up.

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What’s your fragrance for every day this Fall? Have you purchased any perfume that was introduced to you by a Fragrance Spritzer?

Lots of Love,
Dal

My Most Used Makeup Brushes

I took a count of the number of brushes I currently own and have over 50. Now, as I was growing up and getting into makeup I was constantly purchasing new brushes as I tried to find what was right for me and how I like to apply my makeup. That’s how my collection became the size it is now. I’ve purged a lot of brushes since then too.

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Every once in a while I’ll pick up a new brush here and there as I feel like my skills improve or when I need a brush to do something specific. From all these brushes I’m sharing the five that I enjoy using the most and feel I reach for almost everytime I do my makeup.

MAC 129SE Powder Brush

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This brush is one of the oldest brushes I own and one of the first in my collection. When I first began building my collection I knew I wanted MAC brushes but couldn’t afford to just buy three or four large brushes at a time. Instead, I’d wait until they would release their holiday collection brushes and buy those sets. The handles were shorter but generally, the quality of the brushes were the same.

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I’ve used this brush for powder, blush and recently it has transitioned to my main bronzer brush. It’s extremely soft and fluffy which makes it good for dispersing product very lightly and evenly all over the face. I also like the shorter handle because it makes it much easier to grip and control.

Tarte Foundation Brush from the 2017 Holiday Collection

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I shared this in a Tarte Boxing Day Sale Haul at the beginning of this year. I was so happy that a snagged the 5-piece brush set for only $21.00CAD! That’s less than the cost of one brush. All of these brushes are pretty great but the foundation brush has actually been the one I reach for the most. Since the brush is large it makes applying foundation super quick. The brush is densely packed but extremely soft so it spreads my makeup evenly without leaving any streaks. I like this when I’m applying a light to medium coverage foundation because it really spreads it out nicely.

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I took a look at what they were offering this year as far as a brush collection, but I’m not sure I can recommend any of them. The closest this brush appears to be is to the Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush which is currently $44.00CAD – but if I know Tarte, it’ll be on sale soon enough at a price that is much less with a discount on top so keep an eye out for that if you were interested in buying one.

Crown Brushes Pro Brush For Concealer

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This was part of a trio I received in my February 2017 BoxyCharm. The moment I got this brush I wanted to use it for concealer. Crown brushes are really affordable and nice brushes. I definitely think they are great if you want to start building a collection without spending too much money. This brush is dense and great for blending out concealer both under the eyes and over the lid when I want to use concealer as a base for eyeshadow.

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I find this way easier for me to use compared to a beauty blender. I just find that I can spread the product further with this compared to a sponge. Also, I don’t feel the need to wash my brush as often as I might a sponge. I know, maybe that’s not super hygienic, but I think this brush absorbs less product than my sponge does so I get more mileage out of it.

Inglot 4SS Large Blending Brush

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This brush is newer to my eye brush collection. I bought this in an Inglot Haul back in October of 2017, but it’s my most favourite blending brush. It’s really large, so you could even use it as a highlighter brush. I like using it to diffuse my eyeshadow or when I’m building a light shade in my crease. This has really made blending out my eyeshadow super easy and it leaves it looking like I’ve been blending for hours! I also love it for one sweep eyeshadow looks because it’s so large.

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It makes it look like I’m a pro blender when it comes to eyeshadow. It’s a brush I was missing in my collection for a long time and I didn’t think I would use it as much as I do now but it really makes eyeshadow application (especially in the crease) so much easier. If you have large eyes or a large lid space like I do, I think you’d really enjoy a brush like this.

MAC 222 Blending Brush

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Finally, we round it all up with another MAC brush and another blending brush! My collection is full of blending brushes because that’s what I think I struggled the most to get right as I was building my collection. I think I have about 10-15 blending brushes in different sizes and shapes because that’s where I spend the most time when I’m applying makeup. For me, this size brush fits perfectly in my crease and really helps blend colours there.

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I have considered purchasing multiples of this brush so I’d have some on hand for when I want to use multiple colours on my eyes, but the price of MAC brushes always holds me back. The brush hairs are long and have a medium density which is perfect for blending colours. It’s also a good size that I don’t feel like it spreads my eye makeup outside where I want it to be.

Thoughts

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If I could share ALL the brushes I love using, I’d have such a long post so I kept it to brushes that I find make makeup application the easiest for me and I use the most. There was a time when I was obsessed with brushes, even more so than makeup itself and I wanted to collect as many as I could because like I mentioned before I really struggled to find ones that were right for me. Has anyone else had that?

How was it for you when building up your collection of brushes? Did you know what you were looking for or was it trial and error as it was for me? I’d love to know! Also, what are your fave brushes?

Lots of Love,
Dal