Start Makers Make Up Brushes – Review

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today it’s a makeup day review, because I’m going to talk about a great and affordable set of brushes that I bought from Amazon a couple of weeks ago!
1. The Fan Brush:

I’ve been on the hunt for this brush all over the beauty shops that I know and always use since last Summer. Sadly, I’ve been repeatedly out of luck because the one I wanted was always out of stock, so I kept searching until I found out it was inside this Start Makers set. This is a very large brush, shaped as a fan, hence the name. Its super-soft synthetic bristles are perfect to pick up and distribute the right amount of your powder products, such as highlighters along your cheekbones and around your nose or blushers along your cheeks. You can also use this brush to sweep away any product fall out. The bristles are 100% synthetic and super soft on your skin! It’s the perfect brush to pick up and distribute your powder product flawlessly in order to achieve an airbrushed finish. I love this tool and I always use it to apply my favorite blusher, highlighters and sometimes even my face powder.

2. The Oval Foundation/Concealer Brush:

This oval brush, that looks like a giant toothbrush, is the last trendy tool from the South Korean beauty universe. Ergonomically designed, this brush is really easy to use, plus its ultra-soft synthetic bristles can blend your liquid/creamy product smoothly and without wasting too much of it. The best way to utilize this brush is by applying a small amount of cream or liquid primer/foundation/concealer to the back of your hand, then dab repeatedly to fill the brush before using broad strokes to blend the makeup over your face and neck. You can also use the edges of the brush to access small areas, like the skin around your nose etc. At first, I was skeptical regarding the effectiveness of this tool, but now that I have tried it I really love how it can blend beautifully and flawless my foundation/concealer. I adore this brush, and since I’ve started using it I noticed that I can do a better job distributing my liquid foundation with this oval brush instead of with the Beauty Blender sponge. Highly recommended!

3. The Makeup Sponge:

I can honestly say that this looks and feels like the well known Beauty Blender sponge, only it’s cheaper. This remarkably soft sponge allows you to easily and quickly blend your liquid or cream foundation. For the best application, I would recommend at first slightly dampening the sponge, then putting the foundation on the back of your hand. Lastly dip the egg-shaped sponge into the product, and apply it to your face, rapidly “bouncing” it. Since the sponge is really soft, the result will be a uniform and natural-looking coverage. Plus, it’s really easy to clean and re-use; if you will take good care of your sponge, you should probably get a good six months out of it, or maybe even longer (wash it with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and let it air dry before using it again it’s the best way to clean it. Also, avoid twisting the sponge as the material can easily tear). This is a great, affordable dupe of the Beauty Blender, so if you’re on a budget I would really recommend trying this one.

4. The Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg:

I love this silicone brush cleaning egg because itโ€™s a super-efficient tool that cleans your make-up brushes really fast, thoroughly but yet in a way that is gentle and respects the brushes texture. Also, it makes the unpleasant and boring task of cleaning your make-up brushes much quicker and easier. It has a couple of multi-textured surfaces to simply spot or deep-clean all your brushes; a really good and effective tool. Also, a must have for any die-hard make-up addicted.

Final thoughts:

I would really recommend this kit if you are a makeup obsessed on a budget but want to try some high quality brushes, and also some new trendy tools. Also, they came in a very nice and handy package, making this set a great and affordable Christmas gift for someone who truly is a makeup addicted. So, this set is extremely good and a really beauty bargain. 

P.S: This brand has other makeup brushes kits; they look amazing and I can’t wait to try some of them ASAP.


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Autumn/Fall Favorites: Beautiful Trendy Lipsticks:

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today it’s a makeup day review because we are going to talk about my top lipsticks for this A/W season! ๐Ÿ™‚ 
For this season the trend is to wear dark shades, but also shine/metallic lipsticks to start a gorgeous and positive week.

So, in this post I will talk about five lipsticks that I’m going to wear the most this A/W season: 

1- Nyx Liquid Suede in Stone Fox:

It seems that for this Fall/Winter season every shade of grey will be the new black. So, very trendy!

Now you can openly summon your inner Goth queen and go for one of the boldest shade around: dark grey. My favorite is Nyx Liquid Suede in Stone Fox, a beautiful dark gray with blue undertones. This is the lipstick that I wore for the opening of the NYX shop at the mall in my city; it is a great, highly pigmented, long lasting and matte finish liquid lipstick, plus it is a true beauty bargain! I have tested it and I can honestly say that it lasts for about 4/5 hours without fading โ€“ it remained perfect from my morning university classes to the evening, if you donโ€™t eat or drink. This liquid lipstick has a creamy texture at first, but then the finish is really matte, and so comfortable to wear that once itโ€™s dried down you forget itโ€™s even there.

What’s not good about it: Yes, it has long lasting properties, but when it fades it’s not pretty. The formula settle into lip lines, making them very apparent, and, sadly, the color flakes with pieces of lipstick coming off in chunks, particularly towards the corners of your mouth. So, when the product starts to fade, I would recommend taking it off your lips ASAP and apply a brand new coat .

Moreover, this is a bold, unusual shade, so I would recommend to follow the good old advice; try it before buying it… meaning, try it and see if this unique shade looks great on you and really compliments your skin tone, or not at all!

I really love the color range of this NYX collection, plus they aren’t pricey and have a fantastic velvet-matte finish.

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2- Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Whipped Blush:

I absolutely love this product but, to be honest, I have a love/hate feeling about the color. The shade is a gorgeous bright pink, but too much shimmery for my taste. The texture slicks on easily, leaving a juicy color and a glossy shine finish.

Word of advice; once the creamy-liquid texture sets for good, in less than an hour, the formula starts to feel too dry, so for comfortable wear use a good lip balm underneath it.

The color quality is strong, so it stays on all day without smudging, plus itโ€™s a bargain!

According to the Internet, this A/F season will see the return of the liquid lipstick/gloss with a light shine finish, so I think this is the perfect shade to master this trend. Also, you will be as radiant as the pink clouds kissed by the sun before a beautiful winter sunset ๐Ÿ˜‰


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3- Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout

A quick swipe of a nude, warm lipstick never goes out of style, so it’s the perfect choice for an everyday classy look this Fall season.

I love this lipstick because, at least for me, it’s the perfect shade of nude (a lovely subtle dusty rose), and it has a strong color quality. Also, its satin finish texture feels lightweight throughout is wear time, and its creamy formula is easy to apply.

For this one you don’t need to apply a lip balm underneath, thanks to the good moisturizing ingredients that Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick contains.

If you are on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick to wear this Fall/Winter season, you have to try this; I adore it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed! It is a little pricey, but the color and the quality are amazing, so totally worth your money.


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4- YSL Rouge Volupte Aqua Shine Effect in Violet Incognito:

A dark purple shade is perfect for a season that it is warm but also cool. And I love this bold color!

This lipstick is amazing; it has the highly pigmented color of a lipstick, with the comfortable, lightweight and hydrating feeling of a lip balm.

The formula is packed with moisturizing emollients, such as Pomegranate extracts, Candellila resins and Hyaluronic Acid Spheres, all great ingredients to protect and nourish your lips. If you want the color to really pop-up, I would recommend using a good lip pencil in a similar color of the lipstick. A good lip liner can also help to prevent the movement of the color into the fine lines around your mouth.

The rich color of YSL Rouge Volupte Aqua Shine Effect in Violet Incognito wears well and fades evenly, leaving a bit of a stain behind. But, like I said before, if you want to maintain the bold color through all the night/day you will need to use a lip pencil and reapply the product after 3/4 hours.

The sad part is that this is a luxury product, so it is on the pricey side, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer lip color, I can assure you that this won’t disappoint you or your wallet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 


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5- Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting in Empowered:

I absolutely love this lipstick! Red lips are always a classic great choice, particularly during the Fall/Winter season. And there is nothing like a red lipstick to power up your look! Moreover, this shade of red is gorgeous: it has a medium pigmentation with a beautiful and subtle crystalline shine. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting glides smoothly across your lips due to its creamy texture and fades to an attractive satin finish after about five hours. It also feels comfortable and lightweight during its entire wear time. You don’t need to use a good lip balm underneath it because the formula is really hydrating, but if you want to obtain the perfect all day makeup look you can pair it with a good lip pencil.

I have the travel size of this lipstick because it was a gift; I love that it is small and you can put it literally in every confined spot of your clutch/bag/pocket… etc. I have to be honest, this is a luxury product, so itโ€™s pricey, but I can assure you that this amazing lipstick is worth your money (and if I you will be able to find the travel size, lucky you, go for it without thinking too much).


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