Mac & Anastasia Makeup Haul & Review!

makeup haul

Mac lipsticks are always my go-to products, but it was time that I branch out and buy more of their eye shadows other than the one I have from my favorites list. I may have went all out and bought 5 of them…

Makeup Haul
From left to right: Steamy Frost, Humid Frost, Nylon Frost, Tempting Lustre, Brown Down

Yeah, I have a problem… I’m addicted to makeup. The first step of an addiction is admitting it, right? Thinking I’m in good place then. Let’s move on to why I bought that many all at once. As an esthetician, (or MUA, stylists, etc.) you get a discount from many companies. Here’s a full list here. I have a discount with MAC, so my impulsive buy didn’t cost me a fortune. I highly suggest you apply for the discounts (if applicable) – so worth it!

I bought these about a month or two ago and wanted to really test them out before I wrote a review! Verdict: I love them! The white one is officially my favorite highlighter for the inner corner of my eyes and to highlight my eyebrows. The browns (two on the right) go perfectly together. I’m not sure if you can see clearly the one on the right, but it’s a matte brown. I feel that a matte brown should be a stable for everyone.

Green eye shadows tend to go really well with hazel/green eyes as well as brown eyes, which is why I bought that one. It’s also a beautiful green. The blue on the left isn’t necessarily a color that matches my brown eyes perfectly, but I didn’t have a color like that and thought it would be nice to branch out and try different makeup looks with it. I feel like anyone with blue eyes would look stunning with that shade (Steamy Frost). I may test this out on my best friend Kelsie. She’s letting me test makeup on her this week, which I may share here if she lets me!

Overall, I loved the colors I chose and Mac eyeshadows get an A+ in my book. Now, I just want to buy more…

Makeup haul and review

I wanted to test some of Anastasia’s eye shadows as well as I have never purchased anything from them other than their eyebrow pencils. I am curious to try their renaissance palette. If anyone has tried it, leave a comment below to let me know if you would recommend it!

The individual palette’s were a bit of a disappointment. There is too much residue and fall out. The colors are beautiful which makes it somewhat worth it, but it is quite annoying. If I had to choose between MAC or Anastasia, MAC would be the winner, although, like I said interested to know if the palette does the same. On the positive side, with an eyeshadow primer and makeup setting spray, you should be good for having these eyeshadows be long-wearing. I don’t want to disappoint you or stop you from buying a shade you might be obsessed with! Just wanted to give you a warning!

The both of the gold colors are so beautiful and I chose the pink to branch out and do a different look! These are individual and the packaging comes for free when you buy 4.

makeup haul

I also had to try the highlighter palette from Anastasia by Nicole Guerrioro after all the hype about it. Conclusion: I like it… I don’t love it. Maybe because I went from Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter to these ones. I had to leave my comfort zone with using Becca’s highlighter and try something new. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the different shades in the palette, which I think is great for any MUA who is working with different skin tones. I also like it because I can even wear these highlighters for work because it’s not too intense. The “Forever Lit” color is also great for the inner corner of the eyes.

Hope you guys learned something cool today and hope you got some inspiration to branch out with different colors like myself. 🙂

Until next time,

Ozz

“Makeup is a powerful way to effectively reveal something unique about your inner self.” – Unknown

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10 Makeup Brushes You Need

Happy FriYAY, guys! Super excited for this weekend because the weather here in Boston is looking pretty promising! Summer weather is taking its sweet time arriving here and ,although, today is a bit rainy here, it looks like it’s going to start getting nicer after today!

Anyways, I wanted to share my favorite, ride-or-die makeup brushes with you because you might be missing out if you don’t have these! And, I do not want you to have any sort of FOMO.

These makeup brushes are tried and true and whenever I pack my makeup for traveling, I have the hardest time letting go of any one of them (I usually end up bringing all of them!). Most of them are from Mac cosmetics, but I’m sure you could find dupes for cheaper. I am just obsessed with Mac brushes and I also have a discount with them because I am an esthetician, so it’s not too expensive on my end. This is just to give you an idea, so don’t feel the need to go out and buy expensive brushes. But if you must and can save to get these, then I’d highly suggest it 🙂

1.Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush

Mac Makeup Brushes - Blending Brush

This is such a great blending brush. If you have any harsh lines, this will smooth it out and get rid of it. It’s super soft and easy to use. It makes things so much easier and quicker. It’s kind of what you need for convenience of how flawless it makes your look.

2. Mac 239 Eye Shader Brush

Best Mac Makeup Brushes

This is the most perfect eye shadow brush. I believe Sigma has a similar one, which I haven’t tried, but if you are looking for a dupe that is less expensive, I would say Sigma is a good brand to try. This is also very easy to use. I think that’s the point with Mac makeup brushes, they want to make your life easier and convenient, and who doesn’t want that? I love using this with my Mac Fix+ for a perfect shadow application. If you use those together, your eye shadow will not move for a very long time, which is great for a full day wear!

3. Mac 217 Blending Brush

Mac Blending Brush

The great thing about Mac brushes is that they will last you FOREVER. They’re not my ride-or-die makeup brushes for nothing! I’ve had this brush here for many years, and it’s still put together, applies so perfectly and hasn’t disappointed me!

4. Tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

This brush has been with me for a while as well. I think I got this when I was working at Ulta back in 2013 (Yeah, I know how did I survive there without buying the whole store?!). If I’m not using my beauty blender, then I am using this one. It definitely has a airbrush finish to it and looks flawless. I do wish it was a little smaller, so it would make applying easier, but it’s not a huge deal.

5. Nars Kabuki Ita Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

I’m sure you’ve heard of this brush, since every beauty guru praises it! It’s the perfect brush for contouring. I do know it is more on the expensive side so don’t feel the need to splurge. I’m sure you could save up for it or buy a dupe. If you do want to treat yo self, then YES, this is your dream brush! It’s an easy application and gives you a great line. Not great for nose contouring, but that’s another story for another brush, so that’s alright!

6. Mac 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

Okay, maybe this brush should’ve been up at number 1 because I’m pretty sure I can’t go anywhere without this brush. I use it for under my eyes with my tarte shape tape under eye concealer. It works great with liquid products and blends so nicely. It’s not big enough for foundation, but definitely amazing for smaller areas.

7. Real Techniques Powder Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

This one is my go to brush for bronzer application. It’s so fluffy and a great product for its price of only $8! It works great as a setting brush as well. Real Techniques is really a great dupe for many brushes, so if you’re not looking to splurge, I would highly suggest this brand.

8. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Technique Makeup Brush

I LOVE THIS ONE. This one is great for foundation application or under eye concealer. It’s a small head, which is great for a detailed use. It’s also very soft. I’ve been really into small brushes for applying my foundation and this is easily my favorite at the moment.

9. Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

Real Technique Makeup Brush

This is a great powder foundation brush or for blush or whatever you may need it for! It’s great fro traveling. It has a little cap for it. It’s also super soft. I love using it for my blush application.

10. Sephora Pro Airbrush Crease 31

Best Makeup Brush

Sephora has pretty decent options for makeup brushes as well. This one works well applying crease shadows, but more so on the top section instead of the side small area — if that makes sense. It’s a bigger brush, so it will give you a more coverage.

Alright guys, that is all! Hope you learned something cool today and have a wonderful Friday! Have a safe and fun weekend and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a recipe post!

xx, Ozzy

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