Inside my Makeup Vanity: Everyday Essentials and More

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I was SO excited when I finally purchased my Muji acrylic organizer. It was clear, lovely, organizer perfection. But form follows function, and so far, there’s no function to my shelving at all! So I looked over my stash to see the products that I use the most, and I put them all in one easy to get to location. Truth be told, I won’t have a makeup room/ office once the baby gets here, so I needed to consolidate so I could move a small section of my makeup into our already overcrowded bedroom. Check out the videos and pictures below to see what’s inside!

Continue reading to see photos of my stash! 

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Ten Eyebrow Tutorials You Need to See

This post was inspired by a long scroll on Instagram a few weeks ago. I saw more gradients, exaggerated arches and over filled, super dark, unnatural looking eyebrows than I’ve ever seen! Obviously, somebody’s out there sharing these super dramatic bold brow looks, and people are mimicking (and failing). Here are ten really, really great tutorials on how to do beautiful eyebrows. One of them is even for threading! I urge you to share this blog post, because we all know someone that needs it!

All of these videos can be found on Youtube, so be sure to follow and subscribe the awesome ladies presented here!

(Created by Jackie Aina)
(Created by Desi Perkins)

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Journey to Motherhood: My First Trimester

Pregnancy Announcement

On Monday, April 20, 2015 (week 4) I found out that I was going to become a mother. When I looked at that positive pregnancy test (after seeing many, many negative tests in the months prior), I froze. I stared at myself in the mirror with my eyes open wide and I just couldn’t move. It’s one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had. 

I was one of those women who always thought I couldn’t get pregnant. I tend to look at the glass half empty, and that’s one of the things I wish I could change about myself. Just four days before, I went to a doctor about my suspicions of having endometriosis. Not only did he confirm my suspicion, but he told me he could feel fibroids too. I was relieved to know that my menstrual pain wasn’t just my imagination and I was even more excited that I could have a surgery to fix it. But immediately, I also knew it meant it would be harder to get pregnant.

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My Favorite Foundation Brushes (and Sponges)

favorite foundation brushes and tools

Over the last few months, foundation has been one of the most exciting parts of the makeup ritual for me. I like to see the different effects I can get using sprays, creams and tools. My foundation collection is at around 15+, and each of them gives another look. Here are some of the brushes and tools I use for my bases.

Real Techniques Expert Face

Eight times out of ten, I reach for this brush. It works perfectly with liquid and cream foundations. It’s a guaranteed way to buff, blend and smooth out my foundation. I use the flatter sides of the brush to apply the foundation, making sure it’s evenly applied all over my face. Then I use the top of the brush to blend like crazy. I’ve also noticed that there is very little shedding with this brush. Again, this is the brush that I use more than any other foundation brush. ($10/Ulta, Walgreens)

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #7

Anastasia Brush 7

A few weeks ago, I was growing my brows out (not on purpose, just out of pure laziness), and realized that I didn’t have an eyebrow brush that was sleek, firm and awesome. My MAC 263 brush went MIA, so it was time to find something new.

Since they are the brow powerhouse, the first brand I looked at was Anastasia Beverly Hills. I’ve been using their tweezers for almost six years, and I refuse to switch to another brand. They had a bunch of brow brush options, but I picked up the #7 brush ($18). It was packaged so I couldn’t play with it, but I could see that it works well with brow powders and creams.

I ended up trying it out on the products I use the most, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow and Damone Roberts brow powder. I got the same, perfect results each time. The brush is slim enough that if you angle it right, you can actually use it to draw individual hairs on the skin.

Again, it’s only been a couple of weeks, put so far the brush gets an A+! I use it everyday and my brows always look great!