Archive for the ‘Makeup Kits, Sets, Tools and Accessories’ Category

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?Considering the fact that makeup brushes are arguably one of the most useful tools aiding women in the morning, there are plenty of ladies who don't know the first thing about using a brush, let alone choosing a good one.

If this describes you, prepare to be put to shame – a 5-year-old named Madison has gained fame on YouTube for her leading role in a makeup tutorial video, and apparently, she's got more than just cuteness going for her.

"Unlike other little children playing with makeup, Maddy seems to be extremely well versed in the language of brush brands, haul lingo, and lots of other jargon that's both impressive and absolutely strange coming from the mouth of a child," writes

If you're at a loss, Maddy (and virtually any other makeup expert) can help you locate a quality set of brushes. Depending on whether you use more liquid or powder makeup, you can find top notch brushes made of real hair or synthetic fibers. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set contains just the basics, so it's excellent for any beginner. If you're feeling a bit more pro these days, check out the Jane Iredale Professional Brush Set, replete with 16 brushes to aid you in creating your masterpiece.

Natural and synthetic brushes: Navigating the differences

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Natural and synthetic brushes: Navigating the differencesIf you don't already own a makeup brush or two, it's time to consider what adopting a professional tool will do for your daily makeup routine. That being said, there are a number of things to consider when selecting your brushes for the first time.

Generally speaking, makeup brushes are either natural or synthetic, and there are distinct advantages to both. According to, man-made brushes are cheaper, easier to clean and are great for liquid or creamy makeup, as they don't trap products as easily between the fibers.

Brushes made from natural hair, on the other hand, tend to boast significantly higher quality and more natural results, making them a favored tool among most professionals. However, their cost and questionable role in the fight for animal rights make these brushes unappealing to some, the news source reports.

According to, natural-haired brushes are also considered to be best for powder makeup because it tends to retain the pigments and distribute them more evenly, but a synthetic brush used for powder may merely offer you a sheerer coverage.

Making yourself up sans-cosmetics

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Making yourself up sans-cosmeticsIt’s safe to say that many of us strive to recreate a “no-makeup” look using sneaky makeup strategies. That being said, there are ways to make yourself look amazing without the foundation, blush or mascara.

It’s essential to develop a great skincare routine if you plan on baring it all to the world. Develop a regimen that balances just the right amount of treatment with products that answer the needs of your skin type. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize regularly, but overdoing it can lead to its own set of problems. Limit yourself to exfoliating once or twice a week, and moisturize no more than once a day.

For an effortless, makeup free face, recommends curling your lashes and making sure that your brows are in great shape. You won’t need to apply mascara to your fringe or pencil in your brows if they stand out well on their own.

As for everything else? Great natural beauty always starts with proper fitness and nutrition, so make sure you’re getting all your vitamins, sleep well and breathe easy!

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushes

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushesIf you're using makeup brushes, chances are you're well aware that these handy tools are every girl's secret to cosmetic perfection. However, equally important to having the right technique is taking proper care of your brushes.

According to, clean brushes lend themselves to healthier skin and a better makeup application, as bacteria and dirt can often accumulate in your brushes and lead to infection.

If you're really keen on employing best practices, you should generally be cleaning your brushes after each use. The procedure doesn't have to be complicated – a simple swipe with a baby wipe is usually sufficient, the website reports.

For a more thorough weekly routine, you can rinse and gently shampoo your brushes under warm water, lay flat and re-shape. However, a more specialized product may address certain needs than a rull-of-the-mill shampoo may not. Try Colorescience Brush Cleaner Spray for a cheap and effective alternative.

Makeup brushes are the great equalizer

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Makeup brushes are the great equalizerIf you've ever studied the airbrushed photos that grace the magazine covers, you probably wondered if you could ever get your makeup to look that good.

Here's something to consider: Have you been using makeup brushes? If the answer is no, what's keeping you? A set of professional brushes can take your whole look up by more than one notch, and it's every model's greatest secret to success.

"Applicators, brushes and primer didn't even exist before the makeup artists showed us we needed it," NPD Group beauty analyst Karen Grant told CNBC. "A common person can look like a movie star or a runway model. There's no more ivory tower, the makeup artist has helped bring down that wall."

Look for a brush set complete with a blush, foundation, crease, eye contour and lip brush to create expertly crafted makeup looks. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set will have you covered from every angle with a set of classy brushes with bronze-tipped handles.

There’s more than one way to get model-worthy lashes

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

There's more than one way to get model-worthy lashesIf you've ever wondered how models appear flawless, rest assured – your makeup would look just as amazing if you had a team of professionals styling you up too.

That being said, professionals do have a trick or two up their sleeves that everyday women like us can use to achieve similarly striking results. The makeup artists in charge of styling the models for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition used individual fake lashes to create full, luscious fringe.

"This year we did false lashes, which we never do," makeup artist Tracy Murphy told To keep them looking subtle, Murphy placed individual fake lashes near the outer corners of the eyes to create a cat-eyed appearance.

Ladies who are normally timid when it comes to getting out the falsies might feel more at home using this technique, which creates a comfortable and classy middle ground between too much lash drama and not nearly enough.

Use Jane Iredale Professional Faux Lashes for convenient individual lash applications that come in two different length options.

Build a Purse Sized “Emergency Makeup Kit”… and Save Your Skin!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Night at the ClubLet’s say it’s Friday night. On your way to work your route took you through dusty city streets, punctuated by a breeze wafting dried ‘wino pee dust’ and dog poop into the air. Wait! I could be wrong… it could have been dried ‘dog pee dust’ and wino poop… but let’s not split hairs.

Then, you sat at your desk all day as invisible smog, traveling through office ductwork and air vents, deposited on your skin and after that joined your BFF for dinner and an evening of clubbing.

As you entered and left the club you held your breath to avoid inhaling the haze of the dozen or so smokers who are condemned to puff outside. But the smoke still stuck to your makeup, oil and sweat.

Finally, you met “that guy”! He bought you a few drinks, chatted you up and next thing you know, you’re back at his place. God only knows, you can’t let him see you without makeup in the morning… so you just leave it on. The makeup along with the oil and sweat, pee and poop dust, smog, and cigarette smoke… just where they settled during the long day between your bed and his.

Is that disgusting or what?

Smog and smoke contain plenty of Free Radicals… so every minute of that amorous night you’re destroying collagen, widening your pores and wrinkling your precious skin.

Ask any guy-friend with his sense of smell intact. He’ll confirm that the stuff accumulated on your skin smells… even, stinks.

Ah, romance!

The solution to this dilemma is to carry an emergency skin kit; tiny bottles of your favorite cleanser, night cream and eye serum in a little plastic bag in your purse. Wash your face and apply fresh makeup, if you must. Just do NOT sleep in makeup you’ve worn all day!

The right tools for flawless eye makeup

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The right tools for flawless eye makeupWhile many women think that the coverage of their eyeshadow hinges upon the pigment's formula (creams can appear more opaque on lids than powders), the tools used to apply the makeup can also impact its overall look.

"For eyeshadow, I like applying with a damp sponge applicator or small brush," celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman told People magazine. "It may look a little dark going on, but it dries to its true color and tends to hold much longer. I often do this for photo shoots or red carpet events where the shade really needs to hold up under the lights."

While some shadows come in a compact complete with an applicator, the sponge-tipped tools are usually too small to provide lids with broad strokes of even coverage. Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of eyeshadow brushes, such as Eye Shader Brush and the Crease Brush, as well as a Professional Brush Set that contains five different eye makeup applicators and 16 tools in total.

For extra staying power, women may also want to use a primer before they apply pigment on their eyes. Borghese Eye Shadow Base creates a barrier between makeup and the skin to prevent creasing caused by oily lids and provide an even-colored canvas for a shadow of any hue.

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list Christmas is only a few days away, and some people are still scrambling for last minute gift ideas for family and friends. If you have yet to cross off every name on your shopping list, don’t fret. There are a plethora of beauty products that will be the perfect items to place under the tree.

If you are looking for stocking stuffers or smaller gifts for a lovely lady in your life, cosmetics are a great option. However, consider her personality before selecting the products. According to Allure magazine, gals who have a classic style will enjoy smoky eye makeup kits. The Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit includes nine different shadows and three instruction cards to help any woman create a great look.

Trendier ladies, however, may enjoy a more colorful collection of cosmetics, the news source reports. A few Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo pans, which each include two different pigments, will enable women to play with a wide range of the hottest colors, from Fantasy Island (teal blue and lime green) to Beauty Mark (black foil and gilded rose).

If you aren’t sure which beauty camp the recipient falls into, play it safe and pick up lip gloss gift sets. These products are easily adaptable to a multitude of styles and looks, easily appeasing even the most fickle fashionista. GloMinerals gloMini Liquid Lips Collection contains four different tubes of colors, while the brand’s gloLip Gloss Kit is a palette with four pans of color and a brush, allowing women to mix their own shades.

Those searching for bigger presents may want to consider L’Occitane gift sets. These impressive collections feature a wide range of products formulated to condition skin and leave it smelling great. The L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set include shower gel, lotion, hand cream, lip balm and soap that boast a light, orange blossom scent, perfect for spreading warmth in the winter.

However, you don’t have to select items based on fragrance alone – you can also choose L’Occitane collections depending on the recipient’s skin type. The Almond Enchantment Gift Set is wonderful for firming and smoothing skin, and the Olive Deluxe Kit contains formulas that deliver excellent hydration.

Of course, ladies are not the only ones who may want to receive beauty products for the holidays. In fact, these gifts can be especially perfect for a guy in your life, as he may not buy such items himself but will certainly enjoy them. It’s best to select a collection that contains a variety of products that don’t boast a strong scent, so he can play around with the formulas

Even the most low-maintenance man will benefit from a travel kit such as the Jack Black First Class Five set. This collection contains all-over wash for hair, face and body, conditioning shave cream, facial moisturizer, eye gel and lip balm. The Jack Black Performance Ready Set is ideal for more active guys who spend most their time in the outdoors, as it features pain-relieving cream, energizing hair and body wash, sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF 25.

Finally, if you are traveling for the holidays or going to a relative’s for dinner, remember not to show up empty-handed. Bring a gift for the home that will benefit all who live there, such as scented candles. To stay on the safe side, select a few candles that boast different scents, as some homeowners may prefer a fruity fragrance, like the L’Occitane Peach Blossom Scented Candle, while others may prefer a fresher aroma, such as a Paddywax Eco Cucumber & Mint candle.

Too Faced makeup palettes are ideal gifts for teenage girls

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Too Faced makeup palettes are ideal gifts for teenage girlsFinding the right gift for a teenage girl isn't always easy – they are notoriously fickle and their interests seem to change with the passing of each day. However, there is one type of gift for her that will never fail to excite and appease even the most temperamental young woman – makeup kits.

Teenage girls are entering the world of womanhood and are starting to explore the world of cosmetics, so being able to play and experiment with beauty products is key. A makeup kit will enable them to try a plethora of items and figure out what they enjoy most.

Younger ladies will appreciate Too Faced Glamour to Go, a palette that includes eyeshadows and lip glosses in a variety of pink and neutral hues. The colors aren't too bold, so this kit is best for girls who are just beginning to dabble in makeup.

If you are looking for a makeup kit for an older teenager who is already familiar with cosmetics and is ready to play with more dramatic looks, the Too Faced Naughty or Nice Set is perfect. The collection includes two palettes – "Nice" is filled with flattering neutrals perfect for day, while "Naughty" boasts deeper hues for a more sophisticated evening appearance.