Artis Brushes

We are going to review the Artis Brushes, I was talking with some makeup artists that use Artis Brushes  and a lot like them. I have seen Artis Brushes and thought they were kind of nice and different. They looked sort of hard to use. So after talking to some makeup artists that use them I thought I would give it a try.  Well let me tell you they are wonderful! The Artis Brushes do have a bit of a learning curve to them. My favorite one is the Oval 6, if you want a smooth foundation application this is the brush for you. I have tried the Oval 6 with loose minerals, cream and liquid foundations and work beautifully with all of them.  I also have the Linear 1 and the Oval 3, The Oval 3 I use for shadow and you only need  a little shadow for this brush to give you a smooth finish basically in one swipe.  I am still trying to learn the Linear 1 for lining, when I get it to work it does give a perfect line again in one swipe. I can only get the line to go from the middle of my eye to the outer edge, still cannot master the inner most of the eye.  You do have to use their cleaner and brush cleaning pad for these.

artis brushesI bought the set from QVC, it was a good deal if you check out the prices on other sites. I does come with the cleaner and cleaning pad which was a plus. Why is it different: Artis brushes are made with CosmeFibre, a revolutionary engineered fiber made for applying cosmetic and makeup products. Designed to make it easier to apply makeup, the brushes have a familiar ergonomic configuration.

How do I use it: The Linear 1 has a very narrow (about 1mm to 2mm) row of fibers to help concentrate product application in a line, such as along the lash line. This brush can apply a precise line of product along the upper lash line or tucked under the lower lash line. It can also be used to fill in and define the brows and can simulate brow hair lines; or can be used to apply a defined line along the lip or any other part of the face. The Linear 1 brush is very helpful for special effects makeup to create crisp lines and linear shapes.

The Oval 3 assists in shading and blending the products applied to the outside and inside corners of the eye lid and smaller areas of the eyelid. This brush is also useful for applying foundation or concealer to the inside corner area of the eye or on the side of nose by the nostrils.

The Oval 6 is great for applying product to the entire eye lid, foundation to the face, or contouring the cheekbone area. This brush applies blush beautifully to the apple of the cheek and blends it so that the application looks natural.

If you are looking for a great flawless foundation application you have to try at least the Oval 6.

Artis Brushes can be found at
Artis Brush
Neiman Marcus
Bergdorf Goodman
Net-A-Porter

Micellar Water

Micellar Water

Make-up artists and models have used Micellar Water for decades. Now the secret’s out and Micellar Water is incredibly popular with students, moms, adventurers and entrepreneurs– anyone who needs a little short cut in their skin care routine or doesn’t have water handy when they need it

What is Micellar Water?
Micellar Water contains micelles. These little ball shaped molecules have lipophilic ends that cling to dirt and oil and hydrophilic ends that cling to water.

How does it work?
When a cotton pad is dampened with Micellar Water, the water loving ends cling to the cotton and the oil and dirt loving ends stick out from the pad waiting to cling to dirt and oil. When you wipe the Micellar Water dampened cotton pad across your face, the dirt and oil loving ends do their job by removing dirt and oil from your face leaving you with clean, fresh skin.

Part of Micellar Water’s effectiveness is in the application. Pour the Micellar Water on a cotton pad. This takes advantage of Cotton’s hydrophilic properties. The hydrophilic heads are attracted to the cotton, leaving the hydrophobic tails sticking up to trap oil, and dirt, including makeup, mascara and sebum. When applied to skin Micellar Water and cotton pads cleanse the skin by acting like a magnet, attracting and entrapping impurities without harsh rubbing or scraping.

Micellar Water can be used in place of your cleanser and toner,  we think a spritz or a cotton pad dampened with our Classic Toner or Prestige Toner can be a great addition, especially on hot, humid days when you’re feeling sticky. We like it for touching up mascara misses and for cleaning your face after being out shopping, after a run or any outdoor activity,  anywhere you want to get your face clean when there’s no water around. Fusion of Color also recommends get a smaller bottle and keep it in your desk at work or in your purse, in case you decide to go out after work.

Micellar Water’s ingredients are quite simple: Deionized Water, Witch Hazel, Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides [MCT Oil], Lecithin, Decyl Glucoside. That’s it! No harsh chemicals to irritate sensitive skin.

Find it at   http://www.fusionofcolor.net/Perfect-canvas-Micellar-Water/

Review from Beneath Beauty!!

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Review

My ladies and gents! I’m not even going to give you an excuse as to why I never gave you the other 3 reviews I promised while I was out in Vegas other than to say that I am SO glad I never have to deal with another Vegas internet company ever again in my life. Ever. Because I would probably go insane and it wouldn’t be pretty. With that said, I have a brand new, pretty darn FANtastic company I think you all should go check out like.. right now.

Fusion of Color Cosmetic is an independent mineral make up company based Chicago that was started in 2003 by Kathy Duncan. Her website states that “Fusion of Color Cosmetics are made with the over 30 and up age group in mind, made for the more mature skin issues that this group faces. We have finishes that enhance the skin and make it look flawless not made up. We make all the loose minerals ourselves, we do not repack or private label them. We use the best ingredients in the industry and are always on the lookout for the newest and innovated ingredients to add to our products and bring them to the next level. Fusion of Color also makes a lot of their own colorants; we just do not use the basic off the shelf micas and oxides as most mineral companies. We blend our own colors so that you do not have the same colors you will find in the market place. We carry smaller sizes in our line, so this way you can get a few more colors for the same price as buying the big brands. This also keeps your products fresh and can try some colors that you would never think of trying. We make our items in smaller batches and do not keep a lot in stock so we can keep them fresh and control the color consistency.” Fusion of Color also offers Pro discounts!

First we’ve got a couple of shadows. While Kathy is working on some new shadows right now, listed on the website right now are 155 different shadows from 4 different categories: Bright Colors (7), Colors w/ carmine in them (9), Matte shadows (52), and Shimmer shadows (87). I chose two matte shadows, one from the matte category and one from the colors that include carmine. (**Note from the owner Kathleen: Most of the shadows from the Colors W/ Carmine line have been to no longer include carmine, however some of the colors, like Royalty, have a lot of carmine to achieve the color and therefore can’t be changed to not include carmine)

The first shadow we’ve got is Royalty, from the Colors with Carmine line.


(Swatches are bare skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion, NYX JEP in Milk, and Rimmel ScandalEyes crayon in Paranoid Purple)

Royalty is probably one of my most favorite shadows out of all the matte shadows I own. Like most mattes, when applied over a base, whether it be a translucent base like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or MYX’s Milk, it will darken up, but I had no problems with the staying power when I applied it just straight to my lid without a base. Granted it had to be packed on a bit more and did apply better with my finger than with a brush, but it definitely did stay without a base and was more true to the color in the pot. (Royalty did darken up considerably more than the next shadow in the review did when applied over a base, though that could have a lot to do with the high amount of carmine in it). I have learned through trial and error that if you use a base like UDPP or Milk and you just apply a transition shade, you can usually apply a shade like Royalty and not have to worry about it darkening up because of your base (if that makes any sense). Either way, with or without a base, this is the most incredible royal purple color that definitely lives up to its name. The Colors with Carmine are only available in a mini/half size which is a 3g jar with .5g of product. You can choose whether you want it with or without a sifter for $4.85.

The second shadow I received was Earth Rose from the Matte Shadows line.


(Swatches are bare skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion, NYX JEP in Milk, and Rimmel ScandalEyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige)

This is a beautiful earthy-taupe shade that can be worn on its own or as a beautiful crease transition color. I actually picked it out because I thought it paired up perfectly with Royalty. Again, this is probably in the top 3 of my favorite neutrals that I own. I did notice that Earth Rose darkened up a bit as well when put over a base, though not as much as Royalty did. This would be a great shadow to just throw on by itself with a small winged liner and a little bit of mascara as a get up and go look. Both of these shadows are very creamy for being mattes and weren’t crumbly and dusty like a lot of mattes that I receive. I was definitely pleasantly surprised! The Matte shadows are only available in a mini/half size which is a 3g jar with .5g of product. You can choose whether you want it with or without a sifter for $4.85. The Matte shadows are all vegan.

Next we have a product to go along with the shadows that I was super excited to try out, Stuck On You.


(Swatches are all over bare skin)

The Stuck On You Eyeliner Fixative is a gel like liquid that, when mixed with pigments and powders, turns them into liquid eyeliners that aren’t going anywhere…. And believe me when I say that lol. This liquid includes cellulose gum to hold the pigment to the skin and make it smudge and water proof along with calendula, linden, chamomile, cornflower, and St. John’s Wort for soothing effects. You’ll have to experiment with the amount of liquid to powder depending on the brands you’re mixing it with. In my swatch, the first two swatches are Royalty and Earth Rose, while the second two are two other brands. You can see that the gold shadow is very opaque like the first two while the last one is more sheer as the shadow itself is more sheer in powder form. Different brands make their pigments with different products so it’s all about playing around and seeing what works with what. Sometimes it can be as easy as dipping your brush into the fixative and then into a powder and drawing a line, other times you have to mix them together in a small cap and then apply it like that.

I’ve tried several other types of product similar to this and let me just say that the swatches you see in this picture have gone through a load of dishes and washing a batch of barbie’s hairs out, and they’re still not moving. 100% this is the way to go if you’re looking for a way to turn your pigments into liners. You get a .5oz bottle for $9.00 and considering it takes only a half a drop to make liner for both eyes, it’s going to last you quite a while!

Lastly we have a matte lipstick from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection called Mai Tai.


(No lipliner/lip base was used)

Mai Tai is a beautiful coral orange lipstick which fits in perfectly with what’s really in this spring and summer. You can swipe it on once for a sheer look, or build it up to a more bright, bold orange color. It’s not as matte as I had expected, but I fixed that by tapping some translucent powder over the top of it later on after taking my swatch pictures. The good news is its creamy, not drying at all, and it doesn’t slip or bleed at all. While this lipstick isn’t vegan, it can be made in a vegan formula upon request! You get a full tube (.07oz) for $5.50.

Kathy has been amazing to talk to and has been super prompt in answering any questions I’ve had. I have no doubt that she’s just as amazing with customers and I can’t wait to see all of the new products that she’s coming out with! For everyone interested, here are links to her website, along with all of her social media sites (remember, all links are clickable as well):

Website: www.fusionofcolor.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fusionofcolor
Twitter: @FusionofColor
Instagram: @fusionofcolor
YouTube: FusionofColorMakeUp

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Perfect Canvas Cleansing Oil

Cleansing OilWhen I tell clients/customer that they should use our Perfect Canvas Cleansing Oil, I get that look like what are your nuts!  Well yes you should, I think that Perfect Canvas Cleaning Oil used before your a actual cleansing of the skin really gets the makeup, and dirt of the day off your skin. The Cleansing Oil will make your face feel soft and supple.
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin.
When done properly and consistently, the Cleansing Oil can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.” Perfect Canvas Cleansing Oil is great for taking off eye makeup and leaving the lashes feeling lush.  I find it also keeps my lashes moisturized. All you need to do is use a few pumps of the Cleansing Oil in your hand no water, massage into your skin and see all that makeup and dirt dissolve. You can either tissue off or rinse off it does lather a bit with water. Then I follow either with a warm wash cloth or my Clarisonic for more cleansing. You can also follow this with your regular cleansing routine. Then tone and moisturize as usual.  We use the best oils that we think are benefical for your skin. We won;t bore you with all those details you can find out all about them on our website http://www.fusionofcolor.net/Perfect-Canvas-Cleansing-Oil-4-oz.html

 

Vera Mona Color Switch Stippling Sponge

Gathering items to do some product swatches I came across the Vera Mona Color Switch stippling sponge that I had bought a long time ago and never used. It is a stippling sponge to clean brushes. I thought ok, this is a good time to give it a try.  Well let me just say it works!  I would not use the stippling sponge daily to on brushes, only because I would be afraid of the bristles breaking and getting damaged.  But for MUA and maybe bloggers that do a lot of swatches this would be a good thing.  I have seen some have found alternatives to this Vera Mona Color Switch stippling sponge. There are now a lot of companies now have their own version of stippling sponges.  I like the fact it is in a container and can be taken apart to be washed. I will be using this when I do my swatches.

It is good for spot cleaning only. You use it dry, take your dirty eyeshadow brush then rub it on the sponge part of the item. I did not rub too hard, it does take the pigment out of the brush.  It did save me a lot of time, and I did not have a lot of brushes to wash after I was done.

 

ColorSwitchDuo

This is the one I got and from this is the description from their website
COLOR SWITCH DUO
Stroke your brush against the Duo sponge to completely remove eye shadow color to then switch to the next color. The Duo also has a sponge in the center that can be soaked with water or a fixing agent to then dampen a brush for wet makeup application.

You can find this and other products at http://www.veramona.com

 

 

 

 

Nail Butter – Nail Treatment

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I was excited to receive the Nail Butter to review, since I have dry cuticles and nails.  I received the new Lemon Grass Scent. I love the scent, makes me want to use it more often.  The sites says to use apply a small amount to each of your nail beds and massage with an upward motion for 30 seconds. For best results be sure to apply Nail Butter twice daily for 30 days, then once a day thereafter.  So I followed the instructions  and after the first day or two I can see my nails looked much better, they looked more moisturized and my cuticles looked softer, not rough anymore.  I have been using it on my toes also and they are looking better!! You can also use this over your nail polish.  You only need to put a  tiny bit on each nail to get results.

According to their website ” A revitalizing spot treatment that can be used to soften and fortify every type of skin, Nail Butter is a pure, all-natural recipe of essential oils and lanolin that can be used on fingernails, cuticles, toenails, heels, knees, elbows, and even feet! 100% natural, Nail Butter is used to strengthen and rejuvenate nails by enhancing growth and maintaining optimal moisture levels for your nails and skin. No cover-ups here! Nail Butter treats your nails!”    I think it does what it says it does, so if you were on the fence about this product don’t be, your nails will be happy you tried it.


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Would I buy Nail Butter again, YES! The Nail Butter is a great product that actual works.

These products can be found at http://www.nailbutter.com

Get the Perfect Eyebrows

The Perfect Eyebrow
Perfect Eyebrows are the most important “accessory” to and expressive part of the face. They frame the eyes which help to keep the eyes in balance. To get the perfect eyebrows they must be correctly shaped in order to open up the eyes and keep the face in proportion. Use the information below to determine proper brow shape (use a straight edge, i.e. pencil, for measure).

1. Measure from the outside of the nose, straight up through the corner of the eye to the origin of the brow. Any hair on the outside of the pencil needs to be removed. If the brow hair does not meet up to the end of the pencil, fill-in as needed.

2. Measure from the outside of the nose through the outside corner of the eye to determine the proper length of the brow. Any hair on the outside of the pencil needs to be removed. If the brow hair does not meet up to the end of the pencil, fill-in as needed.

3. Measure from the corner of the nose to the outer edge of the iris of the eye (make sure client is looking straight ahead) which will determine the high point of the arch. If the client’s arch is not in the proper place, make corrections (by hair removal or fill-in) so that the brow is more evenly balanced.

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To get the perfect eyebrows use  Fusion of Color’s newest state of the art pencil “The Arch-ology” . It is one Universal shade, one stroke application and your color is buildable so you can achieve the desired color and effect. Lead is shaped like a triangle so to easily insure the perfect application. Pencil is created from powders, pigments and waxes to insure long lasting qualities Can be used on Brows or moustaches.

These amazing pencils can be found here Arch-Ology Brow Pencil

Twinkle Not Wrinkle

I have been looking for a new eye primer for some time. A few MUAs have mentioned Nurturing Force “Twinkle Not Wrinkle” Eye Cream and Primer so I decided to try it. The product is an aloe-based cream, and you only need a tiny amount.  I put a dab on my lids and then applied the matte shadow I use as a base. The shadow went on smoothly and did not look dry or crinkly. Did it last all day? Well, almost. I consider that not bad at all.

The next time I used “Twinkle Not Wrinkle” I added a bit of Urban Decay Primer in Eden. My shadow went on smoothly and did not look dry or caked as it usually does when I use Urban Decay Primer alone. The shadow stayed on pretty well. I applied it at 6 AM and when I got home from work at 3 PM, it was still on although a bit faded. That’s to be expected with any primer because of your eye movements during the day, the effect of the weather and other variables. “Twinkle not Wrinkle” can be bought on the Nurturing Force website and at makeup stores that cater to pros. The price is $38. for .5 oz., but it will last forever since all you need is a tiny bit.
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http://www.nurturingforce.com/twinkle-not-wrinkle-eye-cream-base.htm/

Here’s what the website says about this product:
“Twinkle Not Wrinkle™ Eye Cream + Base – HD Primer is an HD eye makeup primer for the total eye area, with the added benefit of being a high performance quick absorbing light weight treatment cream. It is applied all over the eye area: the lid, under eye area, below, above and between the brow, in addition to the outer corner of the eye (crow feet area). It moisturizes, plus helps firm & minimize file lines & wrinkles, assisting with creasing shadow and dark circles. It is your morning and night total eye wrinkle cream.

Use Twinkle Not Wrinkle™ as your HD Primer for the eyes; apply prior to applying makeup. Our eyeshadow primer and eye base holds makeup, assists eye shadow application by helping to control blending and definition; while slowing the degradation of eye makeup. It helps to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the sometimes coarse binders and different textures of eye makeup. Use under cake, liquid, cream, powder, mineral, pigments and airbrushed products.
Apply a thin coat with clean fingertips to total eye area.
Use morning and night as your eye area treatment cream for Anti-Wrinkling + Anti-Aging benefits, great for dry, sensitive skin or those with mature eyes, dark circles or puffy eyes.”

Its ingredients are as follows: Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera Gel), Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethicone, EDTA, TEA (Triethanolamine), Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl PCA, Cherry Kernel Oil (Prunus Avium Seed Oil)

I purchased this product and this is not in any way a sponsored post.

 

 

 

 

CND Vinylux Nail Polish

I have been seeing all these great nail pictures on Instagram. So I thought I would dig out my CND Vinylux Nail Polish and start doing my nails again. I was a user of CND Shellac and they came out with The CND Vinylux Nail Polish that you can use with out having to set them with the light. These are weekly polishes and have all the same great colors that you find in the Shellac series.


So if you like the beautiful colors that they make for shellac these are for you. The CND Vinylux Nail Polish has a  topcoat and nail polish, no base coat.  I use 2 coats of polish and 1 coat of topcoat.

I have done them with a base coat and without one. The polish does seem to last a bit longer without a base coat. I do get about 3-5 days before chipping, but if the chipping bothers you, you can fix the chips.  But all in all they do last for the week and they do offer a lot of colors to chose from. You can also find some sets that are already made up in mini bottles that give you a few colors and a topcoat. I like this idea because you can get smaller bottles and are not committed to a full size and you get more colors to try!!

Beauty Blender Mini

Beauty Blender came out with a smaller version of their original blender. The Beauty Blender Mini. BB duoGood idea??? Since I have been using the Beauty Blender for years this peaked my interest.  There are 2 sponges in the Beauty Blender Mini package and they are tiny. I have been using them to apply eye primer and concealer. I like the way the product applies using the Beauty Blender Mini, I use them dry. They do get a bit bigger when wet.

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They do get into small spaces and work as well as the full size ones.  They only draw back they of the Beauty Blender Mini is that they are  too small to hold on to. I have small hands and you really have to grab the bigger part of the sponge to hold on to it. If you have bigger hands or a male makeup artist or a male that wears makeup, you would have a problem holding on to these.  Was it a good idea, yes but they probably should have done more research on the size of it. I do like using it for smaller spaces and it does get into them well and works.  Maybe Beauty Blender should make one between the original sized Beauty Blender and the Beauty Blender Mini.

This is the original Beauty Blender and the new Beauty Blender Mini. You can see the difference in the size of them and these are dry not wet. BB comparison

 

These were purchased by me.