Archive of ‘Makeup Brush’ category

Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: EcoTools

With quality beauty tools, you get more out of your makeup. And with some TLC, a good set will last a long time. Great makeup brushes come at all price points, and some of my favorites are from a brand called ecoTools.

ecoTools’ brushes are easy on the wallet and on the earth – they feature bamboo handles (which are highly sustainable), vegan bristles, metal from recycled aluminum cans, and reusable pouches printed with plant-based ink.

I am a big fan of the ecoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set ($9.99), which includes a Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Baby Kabuki Brush, and a linen/hemp cosmetics bag.

These tools rival prestige brushes that cost six or seven times as much. And you will be absolutely blown away by the softness of the bristles and how well they apply your makeup. They make all other brushes green with envy.

ecoTools products can be found at Target, Walgreens, Wegmans, and

Looking for more eco-friendly beauty finds? Head on over to Beauty Blogging Junkie for Amber’s green pick of the day.

Sonia Sells Seashell-Inspired Brushes at Target Stores

I’m going to be perfectly honest. This coral-inspired Hidden Treasure Brush Set by Sonia Kashuk is so damn pretty that I wouldn’t care if the brushes weren’t very good. Not that they’re bad. Actually, I really don’t know because I haven’t bought them yet. But for just $19.99, I intend to find out.

The Coral Reef Highlighter Brush (left) is equally ferosh.

The sparkly coral handles just beg to be displayed. These brushes would look so chic splayed out on the vanity in a beach house bedroom. Right? Much classier than the nautical bric-à-brac nonsense that typically clutters vacation home counters.

Coming Soon: MAC Colour Ready Collection

Seeking alternative energy, increased mileage from makeup… Colour Ready revs up the Prep + Prime idea, a true hybrid formula between science and beauty.

New Transparent Finishing Powder and Line Filler are the brand’s lightest yet, in fact invisible when applied, but their silky colourless polymers set and stabilize makeup instantly. The only way to start when you sit down in front of the mirror. Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is your stay-put fit on skin that minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging, and visibly diminishes them over time. Two Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Penultimate Eye Liner and Eye Brows in an essential palette are a habit to happily acquire – Colour Ready is as basic as your 4-inch heel Louboutins.

Show Orchid: Vivid hot pink (Amplified Creme) (Pro Only)
Impassioned: Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified Creme)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Eye Shadows

White Frost: Vivid bright white with icy shimmer (Frost)
Bitter: Vivid bright golden green flecked with shimmer (Velvet)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Penultimate Liner

Rapid black: True black
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Brow Pencil

Stud: A deep rich blackened brown
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Prep + Prime Line Filler

Instantly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. This cutting-edge formula dries down to a natural matte finish, making skin appear smoother instantly.
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50

Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
A lightweight emulsion that helps control sebum and shine on the skin’s surface and immediately reduce the appearance of pores on the skin. It is dermatologist-tested and appropriate for all skin types.
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
A lightweight, colourless, loose powder that works well on any skin tone. It is formulated with special optics and ingredients that help add dimension and create a blurring effect. The silky powder helps set and stabilize makeup and works well with all MAC foundations. It is dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic, and safe for use by contact lens wearers.
Suggested Retail Price: $21.00

129SH – Short Handle Blush/Powder brush with travel case.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.00

Available: North America April 2nd at all MAC locations and

New From MAC: Grand Duos

Grand Duos splits MAC’s popular Mineralize Blushes in two: one side is marbleized with tri-color veining, to enhance and glorify cheekbones. The other is a complimentary mono shade, to add a pop of color. A soft, shimmery pearl on both sides gives skin a subtle glow.

Grand Duos Mineralize Blush
Moon River: Blue pink mélange/pale yellow pink
Love Rock: Gold violet mélange/bright blue pink
Grand Duo: Copper pink mélange/plum
Light Over Dark: Orange yellow mélange/deep brown
Earth to Earth: Purple bronze mélange/yellow brown
Hot Planet: Copper yellow mélange/mid-tone plum
Intenso: Orange yellow mélange/deep brown
Suggested Retail Price: $22.50

188 Small Duo Fibre Face: Flat-topped, full circular brush for application and blending of Blush and Powder.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.00

Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base

The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

Despite going backstage at countless Fashion Week shows, the best darn cat eye belonged to my roommate, Katie – who flew in from Nevada to report for Makeup Bag and assist the lovely Erika.

Little K (she reminds me of Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, so I gave her a nickname) creates her ferosh cat eye using the following products and tools:

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Small Angle Brush (#263)
bareMinerals Rocker Eye Kit (she uses 1980s Eyecolor and Rock Star Eyecolor)
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eye
DuWop Lash Venom Mascara


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