Once I laid eyes on the three brushes from the MAC Masterclass Brush Collection — Linear 1 Brush, Oval 3 Brush, and Oval 6 Brush — the rational side of me said, “Janna, you have about 50 makeup brushes and you don’t need anymore” but the irrational beauty addict side (who incidentally has a record of winning these battles by a landslide) said, “Janna, you owe it to your readers to buy these strange toothbrush / baby hairbrush-looking makeup brushes.” We all know who won…
What are these strange looking brushes?
M∙A∙C introduces a unique, breakthrough range of brushes that deliver a high level of performance and revolutionize personal makeup application. Ergonomically designed for even and effortless application, lush, silky, synthetic fibres are engineered to expertly pick up and apply product seamlessly. The brush handles feature a special grip design and a tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. M∙A∙C store exclusive.
What I Thought...
Linear 1 ($25): MAC describes this brush as “With a short, narrow shape, the brush delivers a firm, precise stroke to line lashes and lips. Also defines and fills brows.” I personally thought the head was way too big to line lashes or lips. Though, I did love the brush for blending liner and shadow into my lash line. I also liked it for filling in my brows, but it wasn’t a game changer. Verdict: Leave it.
Oval 3 ($32): MAC describes the Oval 3 as “The ultimate multipurpose tool, with an elongated oval shape and slightly pointed tip. Smoothly shades and blends powder or cream eye shadows, powder, and liquid or cream concealer in the hard-to-reach contours of the face.” Now, this brush I love… It is by far the best concealer brush I’ve ever used. Not only does it leave my face streak free, but because of it’s unique shape, it makes concealing the tough-to-reach places like my inner eye area and around the nose super simple. As for eye shadow, I definitely don’t recommend using this brush to apply shadow to the crease. The head is just too big and it drops way too much color. Instead, use this brush to blend the crease with a back-and-forth windshield wiper motion. Verdict: Love it!
Oval 6 ($42): MAC describes this brush as “Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage.” Okay… now this brush is a total game changer. Once you ladies get your grimy little fingers on this brush you will never use another foundation brush again. It is soooo soft and luxurious and blends foundation flawlessly, leaving you with a natural streak-free face. I also use this brush for contouring my cheeks. It seems to have the perfect width and shape to fit in the hollows of my cheeks. I also find myself reaching for this brush to blend bronzer and blush. Verdict: BEYOND Love it!
I have to say, using these brushes have made putting on makeup fun again. You’ll find yourself looking for excuses to use them. Tip: Make sure you’re cleansing the brushes in between uses! Like an idiot, I used the Oval 3 to blend my brown eye shadow and then used it to apply my concealer. You can just imagine what that looked like. (Bad Halloween)Posted by janna Tags MAC, Makeup brushes
I know you all think I plop myself down in front of my vanity every morning and spend a good hour putting on my face — using several different concealers to camouflage my puffy eyes, carefully sculpting the perfect winged eye, prepping and painting on the perfect statement lip — ok that’s me on a big night out, but not during the week. I mean come on, I live in crunchy Northern California now so I’ve kind of been forced to embrace the “Fresh Face Look”. The good news? I found that I can actually look surprisingly good after dedicated 5-7 minutes to my makeup routine. And for those of you mommies and worker bees who don’t have more than a few minutes to slap on your makeup in the morning, you are going to love me forever:janna Tags Amore Pacific, Blush, Bronzer, Cle de Peau, Eyelash Extensions, Foundation, Laura Mercier, lipstick, Lipstick Queen, MAC, Mascara, Orlane, Primer, Tarte, Tinted Moisturizer, Votre Vu
Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to find out the hottest makeup trends that rocked the runways and the red carpets these past few weeks. You will also learn how to recreate the most wearable, flattering trends at home.
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags Bite Beauty, Celebrities, Celebrity Beauty, Dior, Lancome, Lipstick Queen, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora Collection, Stila, Tarte
First of all… Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovelies!!! May your Valentine’s Day be full of lots smooches and yummy chocolate!
Getting onto the important stuff… I spent the last 7 days torturing my husband by smooching him with various lipsticks, tints, tinted balms, stains, etc. to find out which products are the most kissable. I saved MAC Lipstick Rebel ($15) for last because it’s the lipstick I’ve been wearing pretty consistently for the past few months for all my nights out. I also saved the Rebel for last because I feared it would stain my poor hubby’s lips, putting a dramatic halt to our challenge.janna Tags Berry Lip, lipstick, MAC, Valentine's Day
Hello, my lovelies! I hope you all had a chance to tune in to last week’s podcast with makeup artist Maria Luxen, “Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??” This week I was a bit more tame but still had so much fun with beauty blogger and vlogger Kristie Burnett from Blushing Basics. She is beyond adorbs and you must check out her kick-ass video makeup tutorials on YouTube!janna Tags Blushing Basics, Caswell-Massey, Gift Ideas, Kiehl's, Lush, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Makeup Artist, SK-II, The Clear Cube, Victoria's Secret
I’ve got some good news, my lovelies… I can now bestow my beauty knowledge and bitchiness through your speakers! Oh yes! Webtalk Radio gave me a weekly show which you can easily find on iTunes or stream it through your internet browser. So forget listening to the same crappy music at the gym or in your car and listen to me!
Download My Beauty Binge podcasts for free via iTunes
Every week I will write an accompanying blog post so you don’t have to write down any of the products or links we mention in the show. And of course I will post any pictures we discuss! So enjoy and let me know what you think!
Show: Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??
Summary: I know it’s a harsh question but trust me you’ll want to hear the answer. Whether you’re using the wrong products or the right products in the wrong way, there may be just a few alterations you need to make to your daily ritual! Join me as I chat with the ultra-talented makeup artist Maria Luxen, founder of Maria’s Make-Up Mayhem. Not only will we help you so that your own makeup doesn’t look like sh*t, we’ll pick on a few celebrities guilty of bad red carpet makeup, showing you that you’re not alone.janna Tags Amore Pacific, Celebrities, MAC, MAC makeup, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Podcast, Tarte, Urban Decay
Sometimes I have the worst luck… Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube). It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndie, featuring myself, Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).
So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”). Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks. You should definitely check it out here.
After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cat Eye, Fresh, Halloween, Halloween Makeup, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, makeup, Makeup Artist, makeup tutorial, Smashbox, Urban Decay
I know I was a bit rough on New York Fashion Week, but come on, the “no makeup look” is getting a bit out of hand. It just seems lazy to me. Luckily, for the most part (yeah Etro, I’m talking to you — you couldn’t use mascara or at least give the girls an eyelash curl? Come on!) London and Milan ignored the boring Americans’ big trend of sending models down the runways with bushy, exaggerated brows and no color on their faces. Of course the Brits and Italians loved themselves some big brows, but we’re not talking the warlock brows that haunted the NY runways.
Look for my coverage of the Paris shows next week and a “favorite trends” post covering the best trends from all the shows. (Spoiler Alert: “No Makeup Look” will NOT be gracing my favorite trends piece)
All photos via Women’s Wear Daily.
Posted by janna Tags Armani Cosmetics, Backstage Beauty, Backstage Makeup, Georgio Armani, Issi London, London, MAC, Max Mara, Milan, Missoni, Moschino, Paul Smith, Spring Summer 2013, Temperley London, Vivienne Westwood
I know, I know. I’m totally late on giving you my full New York Fashion Week lowdown. I had some technical difficulties with the site over the past few days. You’ll get over it. I can tell you that London and Milan are already kicking NY’s ass as far as beauty, but we’ll get to that next week. And yes, I promise it will be next week.
The NY shows’ beauty looks got a little more creative later in the week thanks to standouts like the subtle smoky eye at Carolina Herrera and the fun pop of neon yellow on the eyelids at Milly, but overall most of the shows stuck to the Star-Bellied Sneetches mentality, sending bushy brows and bare faces down the runways just because everyone else did.
The Star-Bellied Sneetches were all about mimicking a bare face with unruly, bushy eyebrows bordering on warlock brows. I contemplated showing you all of the biggest designers’ beauty looks but to be frank, all the photos started looking too much alike. I refuse to put a star on my belly so instead I’ll show you some of my favorite looks from this past week and of course I’ll throw in a couple, “Are they f’ing kidding me?” looks for your catty enjoyment.janna Tags Backstage Beauty, Backstage Makeup, MAC
I’m embarrassed to even type these words, but… I lost my makeup brush roll. How does such a thing happen? It’s my own fault for separating my brushes from my makeup case when I foolishly decided my finely curated brush collection had outgrown the confines of the makeup case pocket. I’m pretty sure I left the brush roll in wine country, but no one has found them. Now I’m left hopeless — applying velvety shadows with fingertips, attempting to bronze with a sponge (hello drag queen cheeks), and blending with tissues (lots and lots of blending).
It’s tough for me to take the first step and begin replacing my coveted brush collection, even if my new method of makeup application leaves me looking like “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” I’ll tell you my problem right now… I loved my brushes for the obvious reasons — quality, longevity, feel, etc. But it also took me years of buying tons of expensive brushes I never ended up using to whittle down to my dream team. Those poor brushes are probably crying in a trashcan somewhere in Napa, drunk off the drops of the near-empty wine bottles, wondering where their Mommy is… Okay maybe I’m being creepy, but they are my babies. Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Cle de Peau, Laura Mercier, MAC, Makeup brushes, Makeup For Ever