These are a few of my favorite things! Well. Not really….. Just the mention of rain drops on roses makes me think of silk flowers with the faux dew drops on them. And well.. okay- kittens with big’ol whiskers are pretty cute!
Mostly though- I just wanted a good segway (<— Why can my spell check not find that word? Certainly I didn’t make it up right? ) into LucieMarie’s FAVORITE things. Only, this isn’t like Oprah where I get to give away a bunch of stuff. Bummer right? I mean, I get asked often to do reviews and I really and truly can post things that I really do like. So, soon I’ll be trying out a new hair dryer that if all goes well, I’ll be sharing with you folks! I also have some new “Blow-dry lotion” that I’m going to be trying out tomorrow and will report back to blog headquarters ASAP!
For now- lets chat about some stuff that I already know I love.
I know that we’ve talked in length about the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment- but they have a line of hair products that are pretty awesome. I haven’t personally tried them all- but some of the ones I have tried are soo great!
Lets start by talking about Pink Crack. That’s what the ladies around town are calling it. And not the “ladies that get around town”. I mean, friends that work at different salons, clients, and anyone who tries it. *Keratin Complex Infusion is a unique formulation with advanced infusion technology. This high Ph replenisher automatically opens the cuticle and enters to infuse Keratin proteins and emollients into the hair. Its deep penetrating action repairs and revitalizes hair during blow drying or ironing and closes the cuticle to entrap nourishment. Optimized for use as a daily maintenance to the Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Natural Keratin Treatment. * Okay so I stole that last part from the website. But get this- the KC Infusion “Pink Crack” is made up of 25% keratin! That’s an insane amount of keratin in a product. And so every time you use it, you are replenishing your hair with one of the most important ingredients. If not the most important!
I get asked a lot about which brushes to use and which are my favorite. This is a tricky subject because makeup brushes are like paint brushes. Yes there are certain paint brushes meant for certain techniques but not every artists uses brushes for their intended purpose. I think you just have to find what works best for you and go with it! Like makeup- everyone has their own opinion on how they prefer products/brushes. Don’t worry. I’m not going to leave you empty handed. I’ll show you some of my top used/favorite brushes and you can either chose to try it out or find your own rhythm.
Lets start with MAC’s 263 Angle brush
I use this brush for lining the upper and lower eye. You can create sharp to smokey lines. This brush is stiff enough to create those perfect wings on the corners of your eyes but soft enough to create the important graduation and pointed tips.
This is my #1 go-to brush when applying shadow. It’s great for creating that darker sideways “V” as well as pushing the colors together for great color blending. I have about 8 of these, and wish I had more room for more!
When I first apply eye shadow I like to put down a light colored shadow all over the eye lid. I use this brush so that I can cover more area in “less time”. Not that it takes a bunch of time, but I find that using a larger brush distributes the shadow more evenly. I definitely wouldn’t recommend using this brush for the actual color application.
I also love using this brush to blot on powder or flesh tone shadow under the yes to set the concealer. (Ever get those lines and creases from your concealer after applying under your eyes? This tip will help prevent those!)
This brush is what it is. A blending brush. I love using it after applying my shadow and defusing any and/or all harsh lines. The hairs are a little too long and loosey-goosey for me to want to apply actual shadow with- but some people like that.
I really love, love, love this brush! I use it to apply liquid foundation, blush, highlighter, and sometimes- but not often- when contouring.
Instead of those flat foundation brushes you’re probably use to seeing this one doesn’t just swipe the makeup on top of your face accentuating lines- this brush actually smooths the foundation onto your skin helping to create a flawless finish! love it!
I had fully intended to write much more but decided you’ll have to stay tuned for that! If you have any questions, or want me to try out a product and let you know how I like it- email or comment below!