Workhorse Brushes: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m a huge fan of the LM Secret Camouflage Concealer, and I always use it with the matching brush. This is the ultimate concealer brush for blemishes and minor imperfections. It tapers to a perfect point, so you can use it for Lisa Eldridge-style pinpoint concealing, while the flat part of the brush can be used for patting concealer onto slightly larger flaws….not that I have any of those…..okay I have lots of those. I have tons of different flat, synthetic concealer brushes in my collection, but they’re all gathering dust, because I always reach for this one. It’s seriously the best.

Workhorse Brushes: RealTechniques Blush Brush

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DSC07824Look at this fluffy blush brush! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! Despicable Me, anyone?

I love this brush for its intended purpose. I tend to go for this one whenever I want a diffused application of a really highly pigmented blush. It’s tapered so perfectly that you can just pick up the colour on the tip of the brush and then use the rest of the bristles to blend.

Because this brush is so fluffy and tapered, it works really well for other things besides blush. I’ve used it for powder foundation, setting powder and bronzer. Basically any powder product that I want to slap all over my face in a hurry.

And did I mention how soft this brush is? It’s really soft.

New Series: Workhorse Brushes

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I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I love makeup brushes. I have loads from different brands, and I seem to keep acquiring new ones. I really am spoiled for choice, and yet, there are a few brushes in my collection that never seem to get a rest. These are the “workhorse brushes,” multipurpose brushes that never fail to do the job and do it well.

So I decided to give some love to these brushes with a series of posts on a few of my all-time favourites. And what better place to start than with one of the first makeup brushes I ever purchased.

DSC07821Here we have the Definition Brush from Canadian brand Lise Watier. This was literally one of the very first professional quality brushes I bought upon graduation from sponge tip applicators. I’ve had this brush for about 8 years, and it has worked tirelessly in that time. When I first bought it, the bristles were jet black, but now it’s been used and washed so many times that much of the dye is gone, and you can see the natural colour of the bristles coming through. It hasn’t lost its softness though. I believe this brush is intended to be a crease blending brush (similar to the MAC 224), and it’s awesome for that purpose, but I use it for other things too. Sometimes I use it to apply highlighter or to set my under-eye concealer with powder. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it and will continue to use it until the bristles fall out!

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YouTube Made Me Buy It…

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I’ve been dialed into the YouTube beauty community for many years. It’s really cool to see how some of the channels I follow have grown and developed over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed though….the videos I watch make me wanna buy stuff real bad.

Here are some of my most recent purchases that were 100% YouTube driven:

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1) COLAB Dry Shampoo – Sheer Invisible in Rio Tropical

This is fashion model/blogger/vlogger Ruth Crilly’s dry shampoo. I watch her channel and read her blog religiously. (Check her out if you haven’t already. Her channel is called AModelRecommends). I’ve seen Ruth plugging this product lately and just kind of assumed that it wouldn’t be available in Canada (Ruth is based in the UK). I nearly squealed with glee when I found a display of these dry shampoos in the middle of Save-On-Foods the other day. I chose the sheer invisible formula in the RIO tropical scent. This has dethroned Batiste as my fave dry shampoo. It’s lighter and has a softer, fresher scent. It freshens up my second day roots without weighing my hair down, and it doesn’t leave a white cast unless I spray too close to the hair.

2) realTechniques Sculpting Brush

Really, all of my realTechniques brushes belong in the “YouTube made me buy it” category, but this one in particular stands out, because it’s not a brush I would normally go for. I’ve seen the Pixiwoo sisters using this brush for applying contour and for blending in liquid foundation…and I don’t do either of those things. I NEVER wear contour, and I’m pretty committed to my BeautyBlender when it comes to applying foundation. Instead, I’ve been using it to apply highlighter and certain blushes. It works really well with the NARS Dual Intensity Blush.

3) L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

I watched two different YouTube interviews with renowned makeup artist Val Garland. In both interviews she mentioned this mascara as a personal favourite. She kept calling it “Miss Mango,” which made me smile. So, against my better judgement, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never really got on with L’Oreal mascaras. I’ve tried a few different ones from the Voluminous line, including the original, and found them to be clumpy, dry and flaky. This one is…clumpy, dry and flaky. The clumpiness I can forgive, because it’s supposed to mimic the dolly-eyed look of manga characters. Clumpy can be a look. I get it. The dry and flaky part, however, is a deal-breaker for me. Those flakes dropping into my eyes all day long lead to irritation, not to mention smudging underneath my eyes. Not cute.

Ah well, two out of three ain’t bad, right? What has YouTube made you buy? Answer in the comments.

The Joy of Brush Cleaning with Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner

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Confession: I HATE washing makeup brushes! It’s such a chore, and sometimes I put it off longer than I should.

Enter: Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner. On a whim, I added this to my last Sephora order just to sbc2qualify for free shipping. (Don’t judge! We’ve all done it.) When I first opened it, I thought: this is a $17 bar of soap. I’m such a sucker. However, it’s actually a fantastic product. I usually just use plain bar soap to wash my brushes, but this works so much better. Just a small amount goes a long way and it’s easier to rinse off than regular soap, so I’m finding it takes less time to clean my brushes. Epic winning!

Bonus: It comes with this textured scrubby pad thing that works really well for working the cleanser into the bristles, especially when cleaning dense brushes that hold a lot of product. Bonus 2: It smells like fruit punch! Love it!