Makeup Tools that Deserve Space in your Kit Bag
Jun. 18, 2020
Check out whether these 4 makeup tools deserve space in your kit bag!
There are so many beauty tools out there right now, and it can be easy to buy everything in sight (and then never use it). So I’ve checked out the following 4 interesting makeup tool brands to help you narrow down the products that you might actually need as well as want so that your makeup kit bag isn’t totally bursting at the seams…
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
Hollywood makeup artist Rea Anna Silva noticed that the egg-shaped makeup sponges she’d been handcutting to blend makeup for an airbrushed look kept ‘disappearing’ every time her back was turned! In 2003 she took her idea to market, and Beautyblender was born.
Beautyblender is a water-activated sponge designed to blend products such as foundation, CC creams and liquid highlighters. It’s reusable and designed to absorb as little as possible, so that your precious products go further.
Afficionados swear by the original Beautyblender, but there are plenty of copycat products available in drugstores for a fraction of the price. If you’re on a budget, you might want to give a cheaper alternative a try?
beautyblenderClassic Makeup Sponge Pink
As well as sponges in all colors and sizes, Beautyblender now sell a range of other tools and makeup products.
Founded in 2012, British brand Nanshy produces vegan and cruelty-free makeup tools and brushes.
At the risk of sounding like your parents telling you to tidy your room…you do realise that you’re supposed to clean your makeup brushes EVERY SINGLE WEEK???
Nanshy have come up with brush cleaning pads, which remove dirt, old makeup and bacteria from your brushes. After adding cleansing product and water, you circle the brush against the pad until the water runs clean – the abrasion from the pad speeds things up. It’s portable for travel too.
Now, if someone would just invent a product that would keep my room clean…
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Hands up if your brows are looking less than their best recently? Yup, me too.
So I decided to investigate a brand known for its eyebrow products, Anastacia Beverly Hills, founded in 1997 in Beverly Hills (where else?) by CEO Anastasia (who else?) Soave.
If it’s a while since you’ve had your brows professionally threaded or waxed, you might be interested in trying out their eyebrow stencils. Choose the stencil that corresponds with your face shape and desired look, and position according to the step by step guidance provided – you then fill the area with brow powder, remove the stencil, and tweeze the unmarked hairs.
It might not be the perfect substitute for your brow therapist, but it might stop you from getting too tweezer happy!
ANASTASIA Beverly HillsANASTASIA Beverly Hills Eyebrow Stencils
Founded in NYC by Dal La Magna 40 years ago, Tweezerman are known for their beauty and grooming tools – particularly for brows/lashes and mani/pedis.
As with brows, many of us are having to take matters into our own hands when it comes to lashes. So I decided to check out Tweezerman’s Eyelash Curlers, which claim to give you ‘big, beautiful lashes with optimum curl’.
TWEEZERMANProcurl Eyelash Curler
Its thick, rounded silicone lash pads are hypoallergenic and claim not to crimp or stick to lashes, unlike rubber pads that can cause irritation. They can be used on false lashes but avoid using them on lash extensions. Always use lash curlers before applying mascara if you don’t want your lashes to come to a sticky end!
Streamline Your Makeup Toolkit
Why not take a good hard look at the tools in your makeup kit bag, and check whether you’re actually using everything that’s crammed in there? If it doesn’t merit the space it’s taking up, then maybe one of these products has a better claim to be there!
Cleanse your skin like a pro
Cleansing is the first step of any skin regime, and it's essential to your skin's health that it is done correctly. Cleansing the skin removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities/pollution built up from the day. Always use a Ph balanced cleanser to avoid compromising your skin's barrier. I generally switch out my gel cleanser for milk or balm in the winter months as my skin becomes drier. I find milk or balms more hydrating and soothing for the skin. My go-to right now is BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - Lait Vip O2 Oxygenating Milk Cleanser paired with either the mini glove Biologique Recherche or the Luna Cleaning tool FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia to aid deeper cleaning and increase blood circulation while massaging the skin. Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Always cleanse your skin twice at night. Double cleansing is key in removing makeup and sunscreen effectively. Makeup and sunscreen are designed to stick to the skin, and one cleanse just not going to cut it. Use colder water, never hot water to cleanse your skin. Heat is not your skin's friend; it can cause tewl (transepidermal water loss), lead to irritation, dehydration and sensitivity. Avoid cleansing the skin in the shower, the water is generally too hot, and the shower's pressure can lead to burst vessels. Pat dry, do not aggressively rub your skin with a towel - I hear too many times people rub their skin aggressively with a dry face cloth to exfoliate the skin - stop it. Be gentle with your skin; there are better ways to exfoliate your skin - trust me. Which moves me on to P50 lotions BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 Follow your cleansing routine with the correct P50 lotion for your skin type. P50 lotion is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate, hydrate the skin while maintaining the skin's Ph and respecting its barrier function. My go-to P50 right now is Pig400 which also targets hyperpigmentation concerns. More tips and tricks on cleansing the skin below https://www.kimberlydematos.com/post/the-art-of-cleansing Dm for p50 recommendations.
My 15 min natural full face ??? In 60 seconds?🤨
Y’all...I done made me a tiky tok 🤣 The full vid was 13 mins honestly and I had to cut out a lot nonsense to get to 60 seconds. Anyways, my full face is very simple and light. Foundation: Fenty Beauty Hydrsting Foundation in 410FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation (im a little unsure what my color is cause it’s literally so many to choose from but I’m also two toned in a sense lol) Concealer: ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer in Deep Cinnamon (skin tone color to cover blemishes) & Deep Caramel to highlight. e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer Setting powder: REVOLUTION - Bake And Blot Pressed Powder in Banana Contour/bronzer: e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer Deep Chestnut... i think I’ll double check also I used Juvia's PLACE - The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette the shade “Nanu” as bronzer powder. Highlighter: MACx Teyana Taylor in shade “House of Petunia” Lip Stick: MACx Teyana Taylor in the shade “ I got a man” Setting Spray: NYX - Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray I like this because it doesn’t give me a completely matte finish but my makeup also stays put Lip Liner:KKW BEAUTY - KKW BEAUTY Nude Lip Liner in NUDE 3 My favvvvvv lip liner ever Lip gloss: any beauty supply gloss lol Eyeliner:SEPHORA COLLECTION - 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner in black Mascara: e.l.f. - Volumizing Mascara Eyelashes is extensions That’s all folksssss 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖
🌟Creator Spotlight 🏷 Acne Skincare Routine
Check out @skincare_junkie profile for her full acne skincare routine! “I have acne-prone skin so I do this routine 1-2 times a week. I start by using the DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil to remove sunscreen and/or makeup. Although this one clogged my pores and made me break out, I still want to finish it before I find a new one...” Don’t hesitate to share your own in 🏷 Acne Skincare Routine!
NEW FIND! And I’m pleasantly surprised!?
It was time to get a new moisturizer. I was currently using the HONEST - Hydrogel Cream paired with the PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega+ Complex Moisturizer , RADHA BEAUTY - Rosehip Oil , and timeless SKIN CARE - Squalane Oil 100% Pure because I have pretty dry skin. I love both of those moisturizers (although I’m not fond of all the Paula’s choice Omega+ complex moisturizer ingredients, but I loooooove the texture and feeling of it ) and love my oils (I won’t stop using the oils), but knew I needed a richer cream and also wanted to keep it down to just one cream, for time and my bank accounts sake. So if you’ve seen my last post, I was deciding between 3 brands but I couldn’t decide and was also nervous to try a new moisturizer, even though I knew I needed one, because I’m also acne prone so a new moisturizer to me was just terrifying lol. I was about to just get my usual HONEST - Hydrogel Cream because I knew it didn’t break me out and I like it a lot, although not quite as moisturizing as I need, it was on the safer side and I can’t imagine going a day without a moisturizer on this Sahara desert of a face!!! But then I discovered this brand I’ve never seen before? It’s called Awake Human. It’s not even a listing on Cherie for me to add the product! I read the ingredients and was intrigued (scroll through pics to see ingredients list), but because of my fear of new moisturizers, I was hesitant.. but I decided to bite the bullet because the ingredients looked amazing, was cheaper than Paula’s choice and the honest beauty’s moisturizer, but had the same amount of product. I received it a few days ago and I am in love!!!!! Soooooo rich and creamy and hydrating feeling, and it had the same smooth, rich, texture as the Paula’s Choice omega moisturizer, that I love so much!!! It comes in a nice little pump type of packaging, which I like. Keeps bacteria and gunk out. If you scroll through my pictures, you’ll see it. And a little bit goes a long way! The picture you see of the product on my fingers is the amount I use, but you can totally use less, especially if you have more oily or normal skin. I just like a lot of moisturizer! Lol I’ve noticed my face is much less dry feeling and looks smoother with less texture. I will keep you updated, but I think this is my new fave!!!! I’m so excited lol. Here the link the purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NWXJYVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_YHI-Fb9BRJKT0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 If you’re hesitant but intrigued like I was, I strongly encourage you to just try it. And if it happens that doesn’t work for your face, because remember, everyone is different and skincare is not a one size fits all, then it would most definitely be a really really nice hand cream, that would fit nicely in your bag. Have you heard of this brand before? And if so, have you used anything from them?
What it means to blowdry down the hair cuticle!
Let’s simplify what it means when a hairstylist says to blow dry down the hair cuticle: When you think of your hair, think of the shingles on a roof. They’re all laying down but on top of each other. The cuticle of our hair is doing the same! When we blow dry up or at the hair cuticle, it causes all those little shingles to stand up- causing frizz, loss of moisture, and hair damage. When we blow dry down the hair cuticle, all the shingles can lay flat against each other and be the protective barrier that they’re supposed to be. If you’re having trouble with extra frizz or loss of moisture pay attention to the direction that your blow drying. This could make all the difference!
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