eBay Synthetic Makeup Brush Set

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Hello lovers, I know I’ve been Mia but for good reason I promise lol. I will explain soon.

Anyway, I found this set online while browsing eBay one day looking for a new camera light. I was just looking up makeup brushes on some different sites but didn’t want to shell out another load of cash on new ones so I looked on eBay and wanted to see what I found. Once I got past all the MAC fakes and cheap thin brands I found these.

I watched a few YouTube reviews on different brush sets off eBay and saw that some were dupes for Sigma and one of my personal favorite brands Real Techniques brushes.

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I came across this set and loved the way they looked. They look almost exactly like sigma brushes. They had 3 different looks to choose from white and silver, black and silver and the set I choose black and gold. I’m a sucker for a bargain and when I saw they were only $15.88 with free shipping for a set of 8 (4 face and 4 eye brushes) I thought hmm why not try them out. If they suck no large amount lost and if they are great I found a new makeup brush source lol.

So I bought them and the shipping was pretty quick since they were coming from China. I ordered on the 5th and got them on the 16th of the month. So just shy of 2 weeks. Not bad China lol.

Packaging:

The packaging was great. Nice and snug so nothing could break or get damaged. Each brush was in its own wrapping and then all of them were in another package. Then covered with foam sheets and placed in bubble wrapped packaging.

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Quality:

Right out of the package they were shiny and nice. The brushes were so soft on my skin both my face and hands. They are light and not heavy so they don’t weigh your hands down. No initial shedding. I spot cleaned them to prep them for use and 4 individual strands out of 8 brushes came out. So no heavy shedding or anything crazy like that.

Use:

After using them and doing an entire full face of makeup. There was no shedding, the bristles were soft and my makeup application was smooth. Everything was buffed and blended in well and my face had an airbrushed finish.

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All in all I give these brushes 2 thumbs up. Great quality and a great price. They look great in your brush kit both for personal and professional use. So if your looking for a bargain on a great set of brushes. Check these out. I hope your having a great week.

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

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Vote For Me :0)

Hello all, I’ve been super busy trying to get some new projects done and finishing up my school semester so my posts have been slacking I know lol. But I will be returning shortly to posting regularly. Until then please take the time to go and vote for me in Ulta’s Beauty LOL contest and feel free to enter yourselves. :0)

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Hope you are having a beautiful week and Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

The 2013 VMAs

The 2013 VMA’s was full of surprises this year. Some good, some bad and some WTF?! But here’s our run down of what went on.

THE GOOD

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More like the amazing, OMG moments of the night.

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NSYNC performance. It just brought you back to the days of having their posters on your wall and you jumping up and down on your bed when their videos came on TV and JT was just amazing. They all looked great to.

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Lady Gaga the opening act. I was so excited. I love the new song. She looked amazing. That body was on point and she was just as crazy, wild and her performance was amazing. I also loved her gays dancing with her. AAHHHHH just perfection.

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THE BAD

Ok so I guess everyone decided to wear the same thing to the awards this year in different ways then? Because all I saw last night was jewels, feathers and lace. Not to mention 2-Chainz looked better in the Versace print pants both he and Grimes wore and I still hated the outfits.

It was so hard to choose some outfits that I loved just for the lack there of. Here were my top 5 best and top 5 worst outfits of the night.

Best

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Ciara looked beautiful and showed off her body in her Givenchy Couture feathered gown.

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Ellie Goulding. Her dress was amazing for the simple fact it was different, not sheer, see through or lace, lol. The spiked, floor length number with high slit looked beautiful.

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Ariana Grande in her Kenly Collins little floral mini was pretty and age appropriate.

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Jennifer Hudson (pictured with Adam Lambert who looks sharp btw) looked lovely on the VMA red carpet in a Dior top and skirt. Very nice and well put together. Not as glam as some but hey it’s not feathers, lace or see through lol.

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Mary Lambert. Lambert looked beautiful in a floor length sparkly gown.

Worst

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Snooki and J Wow. I’m assuming they went prom dress shopping together? Oh wait that’s right it wasn’t a high school prom. You ladies have come a long way with your style but come on.

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Iggy Azalea. She’s a beautiful woman but I was so tired of the lace, sheer, and everything else I just couldn’t deal. Her Emilio Pucci sheer gown matched her hair and skin tone on the VMA red carpet. Not a winner for me.

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Miley Cyrus. I’m guessing with her new changes and her performance that night she was so excited she just threw on whatever was shiny and jeweled to stand out in the crown? Her Dolce & Gabbana outfit was not a hit with me.

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Erin Wasson. I mean really, do I even have to say why she was on this list? It looked like she literally put on a black bandeau top and black boyshorts and slipped on a sheer curtain. She topped that off with a Givenchy turban.

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Rita Ora. Some may have been a fan of her Alex Vauthier dress but I can hardly say the same. This feathered long-sleeved gown with white fabric in the front and that black band. I just wasn’t a fan at all.

THE WTF?!

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Miley Cyrus Performance

Now I have no problem with growth and change but for real though what was up with that performance and those outfits?!

Teddy bear baiting suit
Nude bathing suit
Jeweled Red Carpet pantsuit catastrophe

I’m just saying and why in the world are you grabbing a married mans crotch and twerkin on him when his wife is clearly in the audience? The tongue all out, the whole time bro really?! The facial expressions in the crowd just said it all, I mean really.

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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

I mean really yes they both looked pretty last night. I’ll skip over the fact that they both wore navy gowns which just reminds me at how young they are. It’s like matching with your best friend on a night out but whatever. I’ll go right to the fact that I thought it was the Taylor and Selena show because the cameras panned to them literally the entire show. Like OMG we get it they are there, but really? Do I have to look at their facial expressions through every single performance?! So many other celebrities I wanted to see that night and all I could see was the same circle of people the entire night. MTV get it together next time.

Well that was all for my take on the 2013 Video Music Awards. What were your best and worst moments of the night?

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Golden Opportunity

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I love gold. Which is funny because I kinda hated it when I was younger, lol. But now that I’m older I realized not only is it a pretty color, it looks great with my skin tone.

So when I went out the other night, I decided to do a slightly neutral look with a bit of gold on my eyes for a slight pop.

I also really like the Revlon Colorstay foundations. I mixed Colorstay and Colorstay Whipped together and it gave me a perfect blend. I topped that with my ELF translucent powder.

For my brows I used NYX brow pencil in Dark Brown and a bit of concealer to clean up the edges.

I used the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette on my eyes and the Milani Colorstay lipstick in Teddy Bare.

I mist my face before and after with Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. Well beauties I hope you are enjoying your week.

Product List:

Face:
Revlon Colorstay and Colorstay Whipped Foundation
Naked2 Palette
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

Eyes:
NYX concealer jars
NYX eyebrow pencil
NYX eyeshadow base
Miss Adoro Lashes #747
NYC liquid eyeliner in black
Maybelline Great Lash mascara in blackest black

Lips:
Milani color statement lipstick in Teddy Bare

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

July Favorites

Hello dolls, so I haven’t done a monthly favorites for the blog so I figured why not now? I didn’t have many this month because I’ve been trying to give my face a break and I haven’t really been makeup shopping in awhile. (What has the world come to lol?) But the products that I have been pretty consistently using I thought I would post my most used, favorite ones for the month of July.

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I have been hearing about the Revlon Colorstay foundation and I have the Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation which is great but I’ve been using my Kat Von D which I’m in love with btw for so long that I never gave it a second thought. I was going out somewhere one night and didn’t have time to go home so I stopped at the Walmart and decided to grab that one. To my surprise it’s a really great foundation and I’ve been using it for the past 2 months. It’s usually the one I grab for when I’m getting ready. Great coverage and finish and paired with my ELF translucent powder I don’t have to touch up my face during the day.

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I’ve also really been loving the ELF studio line brushes and the fact that they are $3 at target is amazing and any brush Target doesn’t carry you can find online at http://www.eyeslipsface.com.

All in all the drugstore is winning this month I guess lol.

Of course my Naked 2 palette is my staple eyeshadow palette. I grab that and my Naked Basics palette almost all the time and especially when I’m working I use it on brides all the time. It just works so well.

The only none beauty favorite I have is my iPad mini. I love this little bug. I had the bigger iPad 2 and I got rid of it and got the mini because it fit so much better in my purse or bag and works just fine for me. I use it mainly for blogging on the go, posting photos or as my portfolio for meetings and potential clients. I especially love it because it syncs with my iPhone so I have everything right there on either one. I’m just an Apple geek I guess lol.

Well dolls that’s all for my July favorites.

Products Pictured:

ELF high definition powder in sheer
Revlon colorstay foundation combination/oily skin in 400 Caramel
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
Rimmel stay matte long lasting pressed powder in sandstorm
NYX full coverage foundation in 10 yellow and 05 medium
NYX eyeshadow base in 03 base skin tone
Soho eyeshadow brush
Soho blending brush
ELF studio line small stippling brush
ELF studio line powder brush
ELF studio line eyeshadow c brush
ELF studio line blending brush
ELF eyeshadow brush
BH cosmetics blending brush
Ecotools blush brush
Master’s Touch 430 round mop paint brush from Michael’s for blending
Essential Tools 4 piece hi-def ultimate face set
iPad mini black 32 gig

I am not sponsored by any of these companies and I was not paid for this post. All products were purchased with my own money and these are my own opinions.

Always remember your beautiful!

Lola

RIP Angel

I would just like to take the time and say RIP to Talia Joy. She fought hard and ended her battle with cancer at 11:22 am.

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Prayers go out to her family and in the hopes we can fight to end cancer one day. Talia was an inspiration and such a sweetheart with so much spunk and excitement for the beauty community.

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Let’s all take a moment and remember this beautiful angel. I think Talia would definitely agree with my closing today. :0)

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: E.L.F. Jumbo Eye Pencils

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Hi all,

So I have another review for you, well sort of review/first impression and this time it’s for the E.L.F Jumbo eye pencils. I’m going to assume that these are suppose to be like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils only these are retractable and they are a bit fatter than the NYX pencils.

Now pigmentation is good. Some are better than others. They glide on smooth. The ones I picked up were a dark blue color called Like A Boss and a black color called Midnight Rendezvous.

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Target was having a sale and these are originally $2 but I picked them up for $1.40 each.

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The color payoff of the pencils is pretty nice. The only thing I would say is the black has sparkles in it and I’m not a sparkle fan like that, I was looking for more of a plain black but oh well I guess I can use it as a base. The blue has no sparkle which I like.

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They don’t really have staying power, like I put them on and let them sit and wiped my finger across them and they come off extremely easy so I would suggest setting it with possibly an eye primer and then a powder shadow on top of it. I’m going to try it out that way and see how that works and then do a full review but this is just kind of a first impression sort of thing lol. All in all for the price they seem pretty nice and should work well especially for beginners.

Have any of you tried these out? How do you like them? Until next time :0)

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: Zote Soap Brush Cleaning

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Happy 4th doll! :0)

So I’ve been hearing about this Zote soap for awhile now and just never tried it. I usually wash my makeup brushes with either baby shampoo or a designated makeup brush cleaner. But I was out of those so I decided to give this soap a try. Oh boy was I surprised. :0)

It’s a large pink bar of soap and it’s used for a little bit of everything actually. Laundry soap, brush cleaner, etc.

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You only need a small piece to clean your brushes. What I do is take the soap in one hand and wet my brush, then just run the brush in my hand across the soap until it’s soaps up and then rinse and repeat until the brush is clean.

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The different in the brush and how quickly the soap cleans them is amazing. Out of everything I have used this is by far the best. The makeup just comes running out of the brush and is clean in minutes depending on how dirty the brush is and what product you used with it.

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Over all I can say I will definitely be using this soap for my brushes from now on. It works amazing and my brushes come out clean and soft.

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What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Hair/Makeup Portfolio Shoot

Hello everyone. So I figured I would show you guys what I was up to this weekend. I did a portfolio shoot with my bestie and beauty partner Kryssie.

So much went into this shoot, this was our first portfolio shoot in over a year and my first time getting back into the groove of things lol. We advertised, cast the models, picked the themes, picked the photographers, set everything up, etc.

It’s so much work that goes into a photoshoot that no one thinks of. Behind the scenes people usually are the ones that get everything together and set everything in motion. We had no other help other than the photographers that took the pictures. We set up everything ourselves.

Behind the scenes

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The hairstylist and makeup artist usually are standing the entire time. We were standing for 9 hours yesterday and it was crazy lol. But we had so much fun.

I will have pictures of the ladies and the photographers information in my next post. The photos are being edited right now. :0)

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Happy Cinco De Mayo

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Happy Cinco De Mayo all :0)

Makeup
Brows:
NYX eyebrow pencil in dark brown
NYX wonder pencil in dark
Maybelline gel liner in espresso
Elf clear eyebrow gel

Eyes:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
NYC liquid eyeliner
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
A Translucent powder
Wet n Wild blush in heather silk
Urban Decay All nighter setting spray

Lips:
NYX lipliner in Hot Red and Milani Color Statement lipsticks in Ruby Valentine on top of Best Red

Always remember your beautiful.

-Lola