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

Valentine’s Day gifts for your gal pals

       
Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Makeup kits are the perfect gifts for your girlfriends on Valentine's Day!Not everyone has a date on Valentine's Day, which can make it one of the worst days of the year for those who wish they did have romantic plans. If you have a few girlfriends who won't be doing much on February 14, you might want to spice up their day with a little gift.

The gift of makeup is perfect, as it'll give your friends everything they need to get out there looking gorgeous enough to score a few numbers next time they're out on the town. A lip gloss kit like theBalm – BalmVoyage Lip Kit is perfect, as it has mini versions of theBalm's cult favorites as well as chic luggage bags.

Too Faced – Smokey Eye Kit is perfect for your friends who don't really know much about makeup, as it can help them create a flawless smokey eye that's perfect for a variety of occasions. The products and instructions are practically foolproof, so you won't have to worry about it going unused.

What to get your beauty-obsessed gal pals this holiday season

       
Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Are your friends obsessed with the latest beauty fashions?Ladies who love beauty products are often hard to please when it comes to receiving gifts. They're so into the beauty fashion scene that they probably already have the latest and greatest makeup available in stores, so there's no point picking out a particular product for them.

That's where makeup sets and kits can come in handy. Since they come with a variety of different products, your friends will be able to experiment with shades, techniques and trends that they may not have previously considered.

Too Faced – The Jewelry Box comes complete with eight eyeshadows, six lip glosses, a blush, a duo bronzer, foundation powder, brow powder, eyeliner cake, illuminator and a brush to apply it all. It's like having your own beauty assistant every morning – which is what every girl wants.

POP Beauty – Hello Gorgeous is also packed with great treats, and comes in a trendy silver case. Your friend will love having so many different options at her disposal, and you'll love knowing that you got the perfect gift!

Go natural and join the thick brow trend

       
Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Go natural and join the thick brow trendAfter years of plucking, waxing and tweezing, ladies can finally take a break and let their eyebrows grow in. Thick brows have been spotted everywhere this season, from the runway to magazine fashion spreads. Letting hair grow in is easy enough, but in order to polish off the look, ladies should add the following beauty tools to their collections:

The pencil. The Too Faced Brownie Eye Brow Pencil helps women with thinner brows fill them out and give them a bit of definition. Ladies who naturally have thick eyebrows will still benefit from purchasing an eyebrow pencil because it will allow them to sculpt the specific shape that flatters their face.

The comb. The Jane Iredale PureBrow Fix and Mascara comes with a comb designed for use on eyebrows as well as a brush for use on the lashes. This product helps ladies hold their eyebrows in place so stray hairs don't fall out of line.

This budding trend is perfect for women who naturally have thick brows. If you are one of them, this is truly your time to be free and shine in the spotlight.  

Beauty on the go

       
Friday, October 7th, 2011

On-the-go makeup comes with a few standard rules!Every now and then, women find themselves having to leave the house without completing their makeup routine. Whether you just need to touch-up a rushed job or if you need to do your whole face as you commute, it's important not to cross the line between what's acceptable and what's not. Here are some tips, according to Allure magazine.

1. If you're using public transportation to get to work, sit down while you primp your face. Standing up holding onto a rail or door isn't stable enough for the perfect application. You wouldn't want to poke your eye out with a mascara wand!
2. Use an antibacterial hand cleanser before you even think about touching your face, as germs you could have picked up on your hands can cause blemishes.
3. Keep everything organized so you don't have to rummage around to get your products. A kit like Too Faced – The Jewelry Box keeps everything in one convenient place for you!
4. Don't risk putting yourself in danger while you're on the way out by applying makeup while you drive. Distracted driving isn't safe, and you won't be able to do a good makeup job if you're busy driving anyway.
5. Only use one product at a time so you won't risk dropping it or spilling something on the person next to you. Unless of course, you're using a handy palette like Pixi – Must Have Kit.

How to clean your makeup brushes

       
Friday, August 26th, 2011

Cleaning your brushes is essential to keep your skin clear.If you’ve never cleaned your makeup brushes, you’re doing your face a disservice. They can pick up tons of bacteria from use and just being stored, which can cause breakouts and can clump up the bristles. Every month, you should give all of your makeup brushes a thorough washing.

Gather up all of your brushes, like those found in Sothys - Makeup Brushes Set, and get an old towel and a gentle face wash. A brush cleaner like beingTRUE Cosmetics - Brush Care + also works great to disinfect. Wet the brushes with warm water and lather cleaner into the bristles. Swirl the brush around in the palm of your hand to make sure the soap gets everywhere. Rinse the bristles out under the warm water until the run-off is clear. You may have to lather up really dirty brushes a couple of times.

When they’re clean, gently wipe them across the towel and store them on the edge of your counter or sink to dry. Don’t store them upright, as this can permanently shape the bristles. Also, avoid soaking your brushes, as prolonged moisture can loosen the glue keeping the bristles attached. Your brushes will be grime-free and dry before you know it!

A quick guide to brushes

       
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Learn about makeup brushes.Don't know your eye shadow brush from your kabuki brush? Apply all your makeup with the same budget brand brush you got at the drug store three years ago? It's time to learn about which brushes are designed for which kinds of makeup – and how you can use them to the best of your advantage. When it comes to your cosmetics, the right brush really can make all the difference – so are you ready to, er, brush up on your knowledge?

To apply powder foundation, pick a short, thick kabuki brush. Soft bristles easily sweep up powder and distribute it evenly over your face for a flawless, airbrushed look that's tough to beat. Look for a brush that's largely flat on top for even powder coverage that'll hide any blemishes or blotches you may have. You can use the same kabuki brush to apply a translucent setting powder when you're finished.

For your blush or bronzer, pick a smaller brush with a long handle that'll make it easy to sweep over your cheekbones for a defined, regal look.

Finally, to apply eyeshadow, use an angled brush that will allow you to use different colors along your brow line, crease and eyelid. 

Hannelore Knuts demonstrates the importance of makeup remover

       
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hannelore Knuts demonstrates the importance of makeup removerYou'd have to be "knuts" to wear this much makeup, but a team of makeup artists decided to see what a year's worth of cosmetics would look like all at once. By meticulously painting 365 layers of foundation, blush, gloss and eyeshadow onto model Hannelore Knuts' face, they've given us all a shocking visual aide that demonstrates what we'd all look like without makeup remover.

With seven bottles of foundation, two eyeshadows, three lip glosses and two bottles of blush sitting on her face, we sure hope that Hannelore wasn't especially prone to breakouts. The resulting look reminded one of a wet stuccoed wall with eyes and lips that were barely distinguishable.

If this has sufficiently disturbed you, there's no better reason to stock up on a high-quality makeup remover to make sure that you go to bed each night with a perfectly clean face that's both free of makeup but not totally stripped of moisture.

L'Occitane Immortelle Milk Makeup Remover has a rich, velvety texture that's perfect for use with or without water.

Brush your way to a flawless mug

       
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Brush your way to a flawless mugEven the most expert makeup gurus can't attain quite the same level of makeup perfection without using a brush, and here's why – brushes not only help one be precise with the application of the makeup, but they aid in distributing the pigments in a much more even fashion.

Take it from beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson, who told BellaSugar.com that foundation brushes and concealer brushes are two of the top three beauty items a woman should own.

"A foundation brush really makes the difference between putting on foundation and having it look like skin, and putting on foundation and having it sit on top of your face like makeup," she told the news source. "Whether you use a concealer brush to pad on opaque concealer over brown spots or over blemishes, it still gives you more accuracy and helps you to get all the angles around what you're doing."

Depending on whether or not you use more liquid or powder makeup, it's important to investigate which kinds of brushes are right for you. Whether you you opt for synthetic or natural hair brushes, finding the right tool can be the difference between makeup mediocrity and mastery.

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 BellaSugar.com.

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 StyleBistro.com, 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 BeautyholicsAnonymous.com, 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.