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The Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush Is A MAC 242 Brush Dupe

By Sheila Arkee Crowdsourcing for beauty suggestions is possibly my favorite by product of social media. When I was looking for a dupe to replace some well loved MAC 242 brushes in my collection, I took to Instagram where the Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush was suggested by pro makeup artist and beauty blogger […] […]

My Top 9 Favorite Makeup Brushes

By Sheila Arkee Although I own approximately 1,000,924 makeup brushes, there are a solid 9 I reach for on a consistent basis.   These are the work horses of my life as a beauty blogger, the brushes that have seen me through application after application, always staying true and not shedding or breaking after being […] […]

Pretty Much Brush Perfection: Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

By Sheila Arkee My life has been forever altered (in a good way) by a concealer brush. Meet the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57, one of the most highly touted brushes around the beauty industry. Isn’t she a beauty? Having heard nothing but rave reviews and recommendations for this brush, I finally decided that […] […]

The Up & Up Smudge Brush Is Yet Another Bargain Triumph For Target

By Sheila Arkee Over the past few years my Target shopping practices have changed dramatically. I no longer pop in “just because”, since those trips are pretty much guaranteed to go from $ to $$$  in a heartbeat! You know how that goes! Now I show up with a purpose and a plan with the […] […]

Brush Focus: The Kabuki Brush

By Sheila Arkee When it comes to essential brushes for your makeup collection, lets not forget the kabuki brush. The name “kabuki” comes from the Japanese theatrical performance, characterized by intense makeup applications. The kabuki is excellent for evenly dispersing powder or liquid with it’s short, concentrated fibers. The kabuki brush is built to be short, squat, and full. […] […]

Is e.l.f.’s Essential Defining Eye Brush Worth a Buck?

By Sheila Arkee At the low, low price of one dollar, it is impossible to not justify the purchase of e.l.f.’s Essential Defining Eye Brush. The real question here is: Is this budget brush any good? Compact and slanted, the  brush is not quite fluffy and soft. In fact it’s kind of rough around the edges. […] […]

Brush Focus: Small Fluff Eyeshadow Brush

By Sheila Arkee I cannot believe I have neglected to mention one of the most important brushes in my eyeshadow application over the course of the Brush Focus series. A small fluff brush is vital to my daily makeup routine, and I think it helps give my eye makeup a polished finish. What I love […] […]

Brush Focus: The Fan Brush

By Sheila Arkee Ladies and gents, I am here to tell you about the brush in my makeup collection that has gotten more abuse than any other brush in my tool belt. This poor, innocent little brush is so often plucked out of obscurity by a certain toddler and used as a painting implement. Not […] […]

Brush Focus: Small Contour Brush

By Sheila Arkee When you think about a blush or foundation brush, typically you’d think of a brush that is somewhat fluffy, right? Well, sometimes great brushes come in somewhat smaller sizes than you would expect! So it goes with this little brush right over here, the MAC 109 brush, also known as the small […] […]

Brush Focus: Slanted Contour Brushes

By Sheila Arkee I have a confession – I owned this slanted contouring brush for several years before I started to actually use it on a regular basis. No reason, no rhyme, I just didn’t really get why I needed to have such a tool, when I had other brushes to do the same thing […] […]