Must-Have Makeup Brushes

 

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Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer

Let’s talk about the essentials when it comes to makeup brushes. I don’t pretend to be any kind of makeup artist or “guru” and I don’t very much care about name brands. So, I can’t honestly tell you the brand of most of my makeup brushes. All I know is that they came from online boutiques, drugstores, or from Sephora. However, I know which type of makeup brushes you should have in your personal arsenal. Let’s get into it!

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Flat Top Kabuki Brush – Great for blending out foundation if you prefer brushes to sponges. (I prefer sponge for a more flawless airbrushed finish.) This brush is also great for blending together your contour, blush, and highlight to give you a natural finish.

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Face Powder Brush – I always set my foundation with a large soft face powder brush. I think it’s a great addition to the arsenal!

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Contour Brush – I have a couple brushes for this. The first is an angled brush that does wonders. However, my favorite of the two is my Nars ita brush. (It’s a $50 brush. It’s excessive, I know. The shape is all you really need.) It’s great for carving out the cheekbones.

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Blush Brush – This smaller dome shaped blush brush is great for applying blush!

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Eye Blending Brush – I can’t tell you how many of these I actually have. I’m often lazy and when I don’t want to wash brushes to switch colors, I take a new blending brush. I can’t do my eyeshadow without one of these brushes

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Flat Eyeshadow Brush – These are great for packing on pigment. I use these primarily for packing on shimmers to my lids.

I clearly have an excessive amount of brushes but I use the majority of them. This post is just designed to show you what brushes you need to purchase first, or just what a normal everyday person needs (haha!). I hope you enjoyed. I’ll see you Wednesday with another wedding post that I’ve been dying to share!

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New Find at the Drugstore : e.l.f. BB Cream

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Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

Long time no see! There has been a lot going on recently and I finally found some time to sit down and write, and none too soon. I’m surprised at how much I do miss blogging after going without it for a couple weeks!

I wanted to take today to talk about a new product I found recently. It’s definitely not new to the drugstore but it is new to me! Recently I went on a vacation and was in need of a little lighter of a foundation for the hiking, zip lining, and all around active days that were soon approaching. Normally, I use the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and it’s great! Not too heavy but definitely more high coverage than I was aiming for on vacation. So, I opted for trying out a BB cream. After some searching, I decided to try out the e.l.f. BB cream (in the shade nude). What intrigued me about this product is the easy squeeze tube and the SPF 20 was definitely an added bonus. It did a great job for its intended use! It lasted through sweat and rain and didn’t end up looking patchy by the end of it all. It’s definitely a lower coverage than I’m used to but I kind of liked the “effortless” look it gave my skin. It can be built up to a bit higher coverage to cover some problem areas, but I wasn’t really concerned with that being out in the wilderness. All around, I think this is a great product and I’m not sure why I waited so long to try a BB cream! I’ll definitely keep it handy for days where I’m just not feeling a full faced look.

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Cruelty Free Makeup and Beauty Products

Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

This year I made a big change in my life that I’m definitely proud to share. I only wish I had done this sooner! I had all these preconceived notions that making the switch over to cruelty free products was going to cost me an arm and a leg. I’m not saying some products aren’t pricey…but there are great drugstore priced alternatives that are out there. Since I do have rather sensitive skin, I’m fine with paying a little extra for products that will have a major impact on my skin’s behavior. For instance, I tend to shell out a little more money on foundations, moisturizers, toners, makeup removers, etc. Not to say there aren’t great products in the drugstore price range for these items. I just prefer not to chance it with my sensitive skin.

WHY MAKE THE SWITCH?

I have always been a big lover of all of our furry creatures but never really paid attention to the impact we had on them. One day I was surfing the internet and came across a gruesome picture that finally woke me up and got me to really open my eyes. Of course I won’t post a picture of that extremely graphic image here, but just know what exactly you’re getting yourself into if you Google “animal testing”. That is probably my most important point I want to touch on in this blog, is research.

RESEARCH. RESEARCH RESEARCH.

Researching for yourself what exactly animal testing means and how it impacts our furry friends. Researching what brands are completely cruelty free and which are obligated to test on animals. And of course, researching which products are worth spending the money on. Youtube has definitely been a great resource for me. Watching and listening to dozens of experts in the field hear about why they use certain products and what products work well with certain skin types definitely broadened my knowledge of makeup (as well as taught me how to better treat my skin).

HOW DO I MAKE THE SWITCH?

Making the switch over to cruelty free products is a long one. If I was a millionaire, I would just trash all my old makeup and buy all new. However, for a realistic girl on a budget, I am slowly just replacing my old with the new. Every time I run out of an old product I buy a cruelty free substitute! When old products start to get low, I turn to blogs, videos, and reviews to help me decide which cruelty free product I should replace it with. I started this transition at the beginning of the New Year and I have made a pretty solid dent in my beauty stash.

Making this switch has definitely lifted a weight off of my shoulders and I can sleep a little better at night knowing my selfish habits don’t harm anyone. I do urge you all to take the plunge and do better for our furry friends; but, I do want you all to do your research and figure out what all it entails. Together we can steadily make cruelty products a standard in the beauty industry.

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