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I’m a wholehearted believer that great makeup application is done with great tools.  But, over the years I’ve learned that your tools or makeup do not need to be expensive or have a luxury price tag to get the job done.  I have tried a variety of different tools from different brands and I can attest that quality and cost are not always one in the same.  Beauty Junkees has easily become one of my favorite makeup brush brands (and makeup brands for that matter) and today I’m sharing with all of you a new collection of brushes.

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Beauty Junkees is a brand I’ve talked about here on the blog many times.  I’ve recommended their products to many friends and readers over the years and it’s become a favorite of mine to use for just about every and any occasion.  What I love about Beauty Junkees is that they are so affordable, that it makes creating your everyday makeup looks an absolute breeze.  Beauty Junkees brushes and cosmetic products are sold via their website and on their Amazon Storefront.

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Let’s talk about their new Duo Fiber Collection.  Retailing for just $29.97, this set includes 6 brushes and come with a faux leather zip-up bag.  Each brush is labeled with its use/name so that beginners or pros can utilize the tool for what it’s for.  The 6 piece Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set has long and short synthetic hairs to pick up and distribute the perfect amount of makeup.  Each application will provide a sheer, flawless, skin-perfecting finish.  Back in my freelance days I often used duo-fiber brushes to apply cream and liquid products so that it left the skin and application soft and blended.  The short bristles hold the product, while the long bristles blend to a featherweight finish.  These brushes work great with liquids, creams, and powders.  They are ideal brushes for acneic, scarred, dry or aging skin.  Each brush comes with a solid wood handle with double crimped copper ferrules.  I love how soft these are and the fact that there is such a great selection of brush type in this set.  You can literally create a look using just this set of brushes, from foundation and concealer down to the eye makeup and highlight.  These brushes do not shed and are just perfect considering the price point and how affordable they are.

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The Pro Powder set comes with 3 brushes and retails for $19.97.  This gorgeous brush set also comes in a faux leather zip-up bag and is also labeled for easy to use simplicity.  The 3 Piece Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set is best used to apply powder all over the face and body for that gorgeous, polished finish.  These brushes work great with loose, pressed, minerals, blush, contour and highlighter powders and I love how soft and fluffy they are.  They are made with high density synthetic Taklon bristles and are vegan-friendly.  Each brush comes with a solid wood handle, double crimped copper ferrule and is created to not shed.  I love this set because it is the perfect type of brush for an effortless application or all over color.  Did I mention these were soft?  My gosh, they are so soft that it’s hard to not want to pet them 😉

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I’m always excited to try new products from the Beauty Junkees line.  The brand has flourished and extended their line of products a lot since I first started using the brand about three years ago.  With over 200 makeup brushes in my collection, I find that I will always pull for a Makeup Junkees brush before any other brand.  I am also a huge fan of the different makeup they now have available – from eyeshadows to blush and highlight (lippies and brow products too).  Beauty Junkees is becoming one of my favorite brands for a wide selection of beauty products.  You can search {Beauty Junkees} on the blog and read up on some of my favorites from the brand.

If you’re like me and love a minimal makeup look or go for a glammed up smoky eye, I definitely suggest checking out what Beauty Junkees has to offer.  I think that price really doesn’t always determine the quality and in this case, the quality surpasses the price point making these brush sets an absolute steal.

Wanna get more information on these sets and more from the brand?  Head on over to http://www.beautyjunkees.com/

 

 

 


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If you do a search on this site, you’ll find that I am a huge fan of Beauty Junkees.  While I’ve been a little out of sorts lately, there is one thing for sure… I’m loving the new goodies that Beauty Junkees has rolled out over the last few months.  Since May I’ve been testing out some new finds and I’m very excited to share them with you.  If you haven’t tried anything from Beauty Junkees yet, seriously – what are you waiting for?

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Beauty Junkees collection of goodies really has evolved over the last year and I’m always excited to share with all of you what I’ve had the opportunity to try.  This post may be a long one because I have a lot to share, so be prepared for that.  It’s picture heavy – but hey, we all love a little makeup and eye candy, right?  Let’s get into it.

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Let’s start off with Beauty Junkees brand new Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  They retail for $14.97 each and are very different from others on the market.  They are water resistant so these make the perfect selection for hitting the beach without sacrificing color on your lips.  They’ll last you all day.  They are lightweight and feel really comfortable on the lips.  They go on smooth, dry fast and are non-sticky.  I love that they offer 3x the pigment than other liquid lipsticks currently available and offer a strain that feels good on.  Made in the USA and paraben-free, gluten-free and of course – cruelty-free.

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The shades I have swatched for you above are (left to right):  Soul Mate, Metallic Sorbet and Dinner Party.

These liquid lippies are available in six gorgeous colors – Amaretto, Caramel Latte, Dinner Party, Metallic Sorbet, Soul Mate and Vampirette.  There’s a color for anyone and a small but perfect range of shades for most if not all skin tones.

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These lippies come in pretty fun frosted packaging and have easy to use doe foot applicators.  The application is a breeze and I didn’t notice any streaking or smudges once it set on the lips.  I like that you can top these with a gloss if you want a shiny look or wear on its own.  These lippies are quite long lasting and overall, considering the price point and how nice they feel on, I’m pretty impressed.

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Lip gloss sets and a great Vitamin E lippy are also on the list of lusts from Beauty Junkees new roll out.  Let’s start with the Vitamin E Moisture Stick since it literally has been a favorite thing for me to use lately.  Perfect for dry and chapped lips, this lip balm (retailing for $10.00) has been my go-to.  Made with Vitamin E to help soothe and heal the lips and provide you with relief from minor sunburns while protecting the lips so you can enjoy fun in the sun.  With long term use, the Vitamin E helps to block free radicals from damaging the skin cells and leaves your lips hydrated and moisturized.  Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Cruelty-Free as well as made in the USA.  While this lip balm is in simplistic packaging, I think you’ll find that it will literally be a favorite once your lips feel it.  No funky tastes or feel… just soft smooth lips.  This has also been a favorite for me to use on top of any of my drying matte lipsticks to help rehydrate.

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Because these are minis, they are travel and purse friendly, but there is still a lot of product that you can get out of these beauties.

The mini lip glosses also come in a 3pc. set.  Mint Lip Gloss Sets are available in two different selections – Kissable and Loveable.  I got the Loveable collection.  I’m not a big gloss fan, if you have been around here a while, you know this about me.  But I love a gloss that is perfect on the go, hydrating and not sticky.  Well, these definitely do all of those for me.  Retailing for $14.97, you get a 3 piece set that includes:  Mint Sugar Glaze (matte finish) which goes on clear with a slight hint of peach, Mint Blossom (matte finish) has a mauve plum tint and Mint Charming (shimmer finish) that has a rose mauve pink tint.  They are sheer glosses that go on smooth and are non-stick.  These have been perfect for me to wear alone or to top my favorite matte lippy.

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Beauty Junkees also released Eye Shadow Quads that includes four single shadows in magnetic refill pans.  Each pan is 26mm (the perfect size to fill your makeup kit) and while they do not currently come in a quad, they are ready to be placed in a magnetic palette of your choice.  (You can check out the one that Beauty Junkees offers here)

This particular collection of shades is called:  From The Stars Metallic Collection Eye Shadow Quad

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The colors you see swatches above (left to right) are:  Star Gazing, Star Bright, Constellation, and Star Field.

These gorgeous metallic shades are some of my favorites from Beauty Junkees and I love how buttery and pigmented these shadows are.  If you are looking to try some gorgeous neutral shades from the brand, I definitely suggest checking these out.

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The Totally 80’s Collection Eye Shadow Quad offers fun and bold shades that are perfect for the rocker in your or for summer eye looks.  This collection includes 4 single eye shadow pans in Break Dancing (Matte), Leg Warmers (Pearlized), Totally Awesome (Matte) and That’s So Rad (Matte Pearl).

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Swatched above from left to right:  Break Dancing, That’s So Rad, Leg Warmers, Totally Awesome.  These particular shadows apply nicely on the eyes and are beautiful and bold over a good sticky base.  I apologize for how soft the swatches look on my arm.  Because I’m a little darker skin and I swatch without primer, the colors did not show up as well.  But, they are quite pretty on the eyes for sure.

Each Quad retails for $19.97.

Now, let’s talk Blush and Highlight Duo, shall we?  I’ve added these gorgeous beauties to my collection of blushes and highlights from Beauty Junkees (which you can see) but I wanted to let you know that if you purchased the Matte Blush and lightly frosted highlighter as a duo, that would cost $14.97 – a major steal.

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I currently have the Peach Petal Collection (Peach Petal Blush & Pow! Highlighter) and Mauve Mist Collection ( Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter)

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Peach Petal Collection – Peach Petal Blush & POW! Highlighter.  This is the perfect summer blush and highlighter duo for me and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of these gorgeous beauties.  If you are looking for some color with a hint of shimmer, these would be perfect for you.  I think these shades look especially nice on a warm skin tone.

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Mauve Mist Collection is also gorgeous. It includes Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter.  I love Mauve Mist blush on me because it works so well with my deeper skin tone, and offers the perfect flush of color.  Pink Parfait is a cool toned highlighter – I tend to use warmer tones or a blend of golds, but it’s still gorgeous on the cheekbones.  It offers a gleam of highlight without looking too “Bam! What?!” when wearing it.  It does have a little more shimmer than POW!  but it’s still gorgeous nonetheless.  If you’re interested in frosted highlighters but you want something that you can build up – you’ll enjoy this one.

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Each blush and highlighter offer a great range of color for a lot of skin tones and I love that they are super pigmented.  The highlighters can be a bit dusty and have fall out, so make sure you tap off the excess before applying to the face.  Also – since the highlighters are so pigmented, I highly suggest using a fan brush or light hand when applying.  The blushes while pigmented can be applied with a light hand for a flush of color to the cheeks or with a little more pressure for a bolder look.

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Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s no secret that Beauty Junkees is a brand I truly love.  Their brushes are my go-to’s and I haven’t bought any high-end brushes since.  I love the overall quality of their cosmetic line and I absolutely enjoy seeing a small, woman run business expand their products to include some of my favorite tools and makeup items.  If I had to choose one favorite item to try, it would be near to impossible.  I hope that providing you with a few of the ones I’ve been working and playing with the last several months will help.  Oh – let’s not forget about their sponges too… I won’t buy another expensive beauty blender again thanks to Beauty Junkees.

Check out some of my past posts I’ve done on Beauty Junkees products:

Eye Shadow Singles

Empty Magnetic Palette, Lip Exfoliator, Contour & Highlight Pencils and more

Makeup Brush for Eyes and Face

So, how about you?  Do you have any of Beauty Junkees products on your radar to try?  I definitely suggest heading on over to their website (listed above) to check out what they have to offer.  There are many items I have tried from the brand that I can’t stop raving about and I highly suggest checking them out.  If you’re interested in something but need a little advice, feel free to comment or message me and we can discuss personally.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

 

 

 


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Over the last two years or so, I have shared my love for Beauty Junkees products.  Their makeup brushes are some of my absolute favorites so to see that they are releasing new products in the name of beauty, yes and yes… and so much yes… I knew there would definitely be some products in the line up that I’d enjoy.  Whether you are on a budget and want to try quality products at affordable costs or you just want to try out something new, Beauty Junkees has got you covered with a few new products they have recently released.  Let’s chit chat a bit about their new magnetic palette, brow tinted gel, concealer and brow highlighter pencils and their lip pumice.  Shall we?

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The Beauty Junkees Magnetic Makeup Palette is probably something I’m absolutely swooning over.  As you can imagine, organizing single eye shadows or palettes can be a bit of a daunting task, especially when you have so many.  This magnetic palette (retailing for $19.97) really is a great place to store all of your single shadows making them portable, travel friendly and of course, saving space while storing.  This palette really is a great “all in one” since it stores 28 standard eye shadow sized pans, but you can accommodate different pan sizes and shapes to fit your needs.  The palette is extra deep to allow you to also store dome shaped products such as your baked and mineral cosmetics.  What I love is that this palette is ready to be used right out of the shipping package… it includes 10 magnetic stickers for aluminum pans and you get a dual ended eye shadow brush that will fit into the built in space.  Further more, the brush that you do get is made of the Beauty Junkees quality that you are used to.  And, again – this palette is great for travel as it comes equipped with a large mirror for touch ups and application on the go.

Inside Dimension: 7.437″L x 4.25″W x 0.437″D 

Outside Dimension: 8.25″L x 5.75″W x 0.625″D

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The Tinted Brow Gel (retails for $12.97) is available in three different shades:  Auburn, Blond and Dark Brown.  I currently have Dark Brown.  Since I tend to wear my hair darker during the winter months, this shade fits me perfectly and I’m really loving this product.  The Brow Tint goes on easily like mascara with a large spoolie to help coat each little brow hair.  I love using a brow gel for everyday use because they provide my brows with a natural set without looking like my brows are drawn on.  They are perfect to also cover your greys as a touch up to your hair line.  This brow gel keeps my brows in place all day without any flaking and washes off easily at the end of the night when my makeup is ready to be removed.  It’s buildable so if you need more body to your brows, you can apply more as you need.  Made in the USA, Paraben, Gluten Free and Cruelty Free all make this brow gel an ideal for me so I’ve really been enjoying it.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol,Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Talc

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The Beauty Junkees Concealer & Highlighter Duo Pencil Crayons are also a great find.  Available in Cool Beige & Warm Beige, these pencils retail for $14.97 and are perfect and creamy to use.  Each duo pencil crayon comes with a matte and shimmer eyebrow shaper.  The matte shade will define, shape and conceal your brows for a clean edge, especially great for in between tweezing and the shimmery shade will add a natural lift to your brow and can also be used to highlight the inner corner of your eyes.

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These pencils are multi-tasking because you can use it to conceal your imperfections, highlight your best features and even can be used on your waterline to brighten the eyes.  I love how creamy these pencils are and they make great eye shadow bases as well to help make your shadows pop.  Use the shimmery side to help add a little highlight to your cupid’s bow or all over the eye lid to add a natural glow.  Since these pencils are so creamy, they can also be used on the cheekbones for a pop of highlight and the blend effortlessly with a beauty sponge (Beauty Junkees has those too) and your look is complete.

These products are Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.

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Top row – Cool Beige, Bottom row – Warm Beige

Last but not least I’m sharing with you the Lip Pumice Exfoliator ($10.00).  This product has been a go-to lately since the winter months can really take a toll on my skin, especially my lips.  With the weather here in Hawaii being at its coldest, my lips tend to get dry and need some exfoliating.  The Lip Pumice Exfoliator is perfect on the go or to use when needed to help sloth away dry skin by helping to care for your lips leaving them feeling soft.  This lip care and repair treatment is easy to use and moisturizes while it exfoliates.  This is perfect for those who like to wear matte lipsticks and again, it’s absolutely convenient.  One note however… make sure to wipe off or wash off after using since the pumice leaves a white cast on the lips and cannot be used like a lip balm.

Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate.

This product is Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.

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So, have you tried anything from Beauty Junkees?  If not, I definitely suggest checking them out.  Beauty Junkees has been featured in different Gift Guides and reviews over the years and I’m always impressed with what I’ve tried from them.  Again, these new products are worth the look-see and if you are a makeup brush or makeup sponge lover like me, I definitely suggest checking out one of their Makeup Brush Sets or Sponge Blender sets as well – you will love them.

If you’re interested in checking out what Beauty Junkees has to offer, visit them on their site at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/collections/all.  You can also check them out on Amazon.

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Well – well… today we are going to chit chat about brushes.  It’s no secret that it is one of the many things I collect when it comes to beauty.  Let’s face it, an artist needs their tools and a great set of tools is essential.  I have tried them all and with a collection of over 250 makeup brushes, I’m always interested in trying out new ones.  With the cost of a cosmetic brush ranging anywhere from $4.00 to $40.00 in price and in some cases more, I always appreciate a referral on a good one that I can not only utilize but enjoy using.  Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on Beauty Junkees Makeup Brush Sets.  These affordable beauties have been a new favorite in my makeup arsenal and I think I should share them with you.

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I’m not gonna lie, affordable and good quality are hard to come by these days and today I’m sharing with you a company and brand that offers both.   With a mission to “be a testing ground for all things beauty so that you can get honest reviews from real women before spending your hard earned money on the next miracle”, Beauty Junkees is a hub for all things beauty accessories and a place you can find some of your favorite products.  Today I share with you two Makeup Brush sets that I think would make wonderful tools for anyone whether a beginner or someone in the industry.

Also – it’s still technically the holidays, so you could snag some for that loved one or as a treat to yourself before Christmas.

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The first set I am going to talk about is my favorite.  The 8 Piece Pro Series Brush Set comes with everything you need to create the perfect eye look.  Retailing for $39.97 (currently on sale for $24.97 – not sure how long the sale will last) you receive 8 gorgeous and well made eye brushes and a great quality zip top brush case.

You receive the following brushes:

  1. Pro Pencil – used for smudging eye liner or apply shadow for a more defined and precision application.
  2. Pro Tapered Blending – used for applying and blending shadow on the eye or use to apply transition shade to the crease.
  3. Pro All Over Shader – with dense bristles this is used to pack shadow on the entire lid but still can be used to blend some.
  4. Pro Precision Eye liner – perfect for tight lining the upper and lower lash lines using liquid, gel or cream (powders too).  I especially like to use this brush to smudge out the lower lash line and smoke it out.
  5. Pro Angled Shading – this is a great brush to apply to shadow to the brow bone or to blend color into the crease.
  6. Pro Flat Definer – use this brush to create a sharp and precise line o nthe upper and lower lash line with your liner or product of choice – cream, gel, powder.
  7. Pro Blending – This great brush is used to blend powder shadows and buff harsh lines to give a gorgeous and diffused effect.
  8. Pro Crease – use this brush to apply shadow in the crease for a soft and diffused effect.

Each brush comes with a solid wood handle – sturdy and well made and a double crimped copper ferrule.  The ferrule is positioned well and holds the brush hair in place perfectly.  I haven’t had any issues with shedding and love that each brush can be used with a variety of mediums – powders, creams and liquids.

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I love that this eye set includes all the brushes I need to create a great eye look and more so it has brushes that are essential for any makeup brush arsenal.  Each one is well made and well put together and after much washing, I haven’t noticed any shedding (with exception to tiny hair during initial wash – which is normal) after many uses.  The brushes are soft and well made and the blending brushes remind me of some of my favorites from well known high-end brands.  I’m absolutely loving them.

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Next is the Mini 5 Piece Kabuki Makeup Brush Set with brush case.  This set retails for $39.97 (on sale right now for $18.97) and includes 5 brushes in the set.  The name “mini” does not refer to the size of the brush handle, but the size of the actual brushes as this is a smaller size to the actual Kabuki brushes you would use to apply foundation.  These little brushes are so fun and perfect for people like me who contour and apply highlight.  Each brush is dense but soft and made specifically so that they will not soak up excess amounts of product.  This is particularly awesome for those that like to use cream based products as these brushes will allow you to get the right amount of product with an easy application.

Included in this brush set:

  1. Mini Flat Makeup Brush – this brush is my favorite for buffing out my contour along the sides of my nose for a more chiseled and defined look without looking harsh.  It’s perfect for stippling concealer onto sun spots, blemishes and other small imperfections as well.
  2. Mini Angled Makeup Brush – this brush is a favorite because it can be used on the eyes for blending, I love to use it to apply my ColourPop eye shadows into the crease or apply as transition.  This brush is also dense enough to use as a foundation brush or to contour your cheekbones.
  3. Mini Flat Angled Makeup Brush – this brush combines the blending application of the flat kabuki with the contouring application of the angled kabuki – packed into a mini for precision contouring anywhere on the face.  I especially love this brush for also contouring down the sides of my nose and to really provide a chiseled and defined contour below my cheekbones.
  4. Mini Tapered Makeup Brush – this brush was designed to provide coverage in hard to reach areas such as the eyelid, corner of the eye and under eye for a flawless finish.  I love using this brush to blend out my cream or liquid highlight or to also contour since the tip allows you to really define the areas.
  5. Mini Round Makeup Brush – this brush has a variety of uses but is perfect for mineral makeup concealer to buff the product on and blend or to just apply as an all over contour brush for detail and precision.

Each brush is made of high density synthetic bristles and is vegan friendly.  They each come with a solid wood handle that includes a double crimped copper ferrule and I haven’t noticed any shedding with this product.  They can be used with liquid,  powder or creams and I find these work especially well with my ColourPop shadows.  Due to the size of these minis (the bristle size) they are not intended for full face coverage when applying foundation, but great for detail work.

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After years of spending lots and lots of money on makeup brushes – I’m beyond impressed with Beauty Junkees not only for the price point, but the quality.  Each brush comes with a sturdy wooden handle that is long making application easy for me when using them.  I’m very particular with the weight of my brushes, especially because of my Carpel Tunnel and find that these are well weighted but not too heavy that it will hurt me when using them for long periods of time.  That is especially important when you’re a makeup artist because after a while of doing several clients in a row, your hands and arms can get very tired and sore if the brush is too heavy.  Even if they are light weight, they still have a good balance making application and blending a breeze.  It’s all about that balance and movement in the wrist that really helps with the blending technique.  The cinching in the ferrules for each brush is absolutely well made and done to perfection which means your brushes will last longer with proper cleaning and care.  I found that cleaning each brush is easy.  I use my Parian Spirt or regular brush cleaner as well as soap and water without any issues and after several cleaning with using these brushes they kept their shape well, dried nicely and I didn’t experience any shedding.

I didn’t discuss the brow brush but know that for $10 – the Pro Brow Brush has a great spoolie on the end and an awesome angle brush which works well with gel or powder.  It’s pretty fabulous too.

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*In the look above I used Beauty Junkees to apply all of my products from eyes to face – even my brows and eye liner!

So – what do you think?  Could you see yourself using any of these brushes I discussed here today.  You can use code: HONEYGW1 for 25% off your order (from now till January 15, 2016) which would make these prices even better and you could pick something up for yourself this Holiday season.  Also – if you have Amazon Prime – shipping is FREE.  Click here to check out other products that Beauty Junkees has to offer.  I know I have my eyes set on more brushes as well as some of their beauty sponges, so you may see many more reviews or features here later.

Beauty Junkees has definitely impressed me, so much so that I featured them in my Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers because the price point is fab and the product great.  I definitely suggest you checking them out for yourself.  We all know I keep it real here and if they didn’t work well, well… we know I would be the one to lay it all out there.  I’m quite impressed and really enjoy what I tried, so I figured I would share it all with you.

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After years of being a makeup artist, I have accumulated quite a huge collection of makeup brushes.  Over 200 and still counting, when I see a great deal on brushes that look like they will work – I will buy them in a heartbeat.  A couple of weeks ago while cruising through our local TJ Maxx, I stumbled upon a display with eye and face brushes from BH Cosmetics.  I didn’t know that the brand sold in select stores, so I was intrigued and decided to pick the eye set up.  Just a few days prior, I had seen an advertisement through the brand on their site for this particular set so I couldn’t resist seeing that it was not only a bit cheaper but I also didn’t have to pay for shipping.  Picking up the BH Cosmetics 7 Piece Eye Essential Brush Set was a no brainer and after using it a few weeks, I figured I would share it with you today.

BH Cosmetics 7 Piece Eye Essential Brush Set

The BH Cosmetics 7 Piece Eye Essential Brush Set retails on bhcosmetics.com for $18.00 (though currently on sale for $12).  While that is already a pretty good deal for a set of 7 brushes, I found it at my local TJ Maxx for $9.99.  The set includes 7 brushes that will help you line, define, shade and blend your shadow for a complete eye look.  The set is made up of synthetic and natural hair brushes which give you a range of brushes to create your looks.

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Right out of the box, these brushes are all sleeved individually in plastic.  Each of the brushes are really nice and soft which is a huge plus.  The handle and ferrule seem to be nicely made and the ferrules on each of the brushes are in place, no wiggling or shaking so they are set in nicely.  This set comes with gold ferrules and gold labeling which is also really pretty and the number of each brush is printed on the handle.  After cleaning the brushes twice over the last couple of weeks, I noticed minimal shading to none – they held up well to aggressive washing and scrubbing and drying time with these were reasonable.

BH Cosmetics 7 Piece Eye Essential Brush Set

Some of the brushes – specifically for the eye shadow are a little softer than I would like and not as dense which can be beneficial for blending but may take some time to actually pack the color on.  I had wished this set had a dense, round eye shadow brush that would allow me to apply the shadow much more precisely – but considering the price point, I can make it work.

This set includes the following brushes:

101 – Blending Brush:  This brush is perfect for blending shadows in the crease, blowing out your colors so you have a soft and blended look.  This brush can also be used as an all over color applicator and to apply your highlight shade.  It’s very fluffy and has a lot of movement, but due to the tapered tip – you can still get precision in your crease if you desire.

102 – Large Shader Brush:  This brush is synthetic so you can use it to apply your favorite cream products, bases or what I’ve been using it for is my ColourPop shadows.  It also works as an all over shader brush to pack color onto the lid.

103 – Small Shader Brush:  This is a natural hair brush which is very soft and fluffy for a shadow brush.  This will work double duty to apply color but also blend.  While I can make it work and do enjoy it – I wish there was a brush similar to this – but more dense and less fluffy.

104 – Angled Blending Brush:  This soft and fluffy natural hair brush is perfect for applying color to the outer v and blending effortlessly.  This brush is very fluffy so it takes a light hand to apply color precisely but works well for blending.  Using the very tip of the brush to apply color on the lower lash line works well too.

105 – Pencil Brush:  This brush is one of my favorites from the set.  It’s soft enough to run near your eyes or on the sensitive parts of your eyes to smoke out a look, but still dense enough to pack the color on your lids or to apply precision color in the crease, etc.  This brush has easily replaced my MAC 219 for my smudged looks.

106 – Fine Liner Brush:  This brush is a bit thicker than what I would like for a liner brush but it works really nice with my gel liners and works well for smudging liner on the lash line.  I wish it was a little more dense to allow for better precision, but at the end of the day – I can still use it to get the job done.

107 – Small Angled Brush:  This angled brush is a little softer than what I’m used to when working with similar brushes, but it works.  A synthetic brush, this works pretty good with my gel liner or with gel products for brows, though it is a bit soft and can lack a little precision.  At the end of the day – it works, though it may take a little finesse when using since the bristles are soft.

BH Cosmetics 7 Piece Eye Essential Brush Set

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a lot more impressed with these brushes than I thought I would be.  Like I mentioned several times, you can’t beat the price point… it’s affordable and you get most of the brushes you will need to create an eye look.  While these are not “high end” quality – they would definitely be perfect for someone who is a beginner with makeup or even a veteran as myself, because at the end of the day – they work.

The eye makeup for this look was done using the BH Cosmetics brushes
The eye makeup for this look was done using the BH Cosmetics brushes

 

Have you tried any brushes from BH Cosmetics before?  If so – what are your thoughts on them and if not, do you see these in your future of brush hoarding? lol

 

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I have tried many different Crown Brushes in the course of the last 4 years and I’ve always been amazed at their quality even if they sold at such an affordable price point.  I was super excited to get these because 1) I’m a Purple Addict and 2) It would give me the opportunity to try out Crown’s HD Brushes.

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Upon receipt of these (via iFabbo) I was very excited because the brushes came in a cool purple pouch all zipped up tight and ready to play.  Now, if you know anything about me, it’s that I am a Brush addict (well, makeup addict – but I can’t resist buying a quality brush set), so I couldn’t wait to dive right in.  The brushes felt very soft to touch and when I washed them, they seemed to hold up okay through the washing process.  There was a bit of shedding but not a crazy amount and surprisingly I didn’t get any color bleed as I have in the past with brush sets that had their tips colored.

 

After their wash & dry, I was still amazed that the brushes held their Super soft feel and it wasn’t compromised after I gave them each a bath.  They are fairly nice in weight.  I like my brushes to have long handles so it did take a bit to get used to them, however – they each were pretty comfortable in my hands.  I tried the tweezers first.  It’s quite sturdy and seemed to work like most tweezers do.  It was able to grab onto my little brow hairs so that was a plus.

Next – The Pro Powder Brush:  This worked fairly well with applying a setting powder.  I do not use Foundation or Face Powders at all, so I took this brush for a quick spin to see it’s overall.  It’s fluffy enough to blend your powder (whether setting or foundation) in quite nicely and is super soft so it will be nice on the skin.

Tapered Blush Brush: It has a nice taper to it so it worked well for applying blush and keeping it exactly where I wanted it to go.  I also like that it is small and tapered enough so I can also use it to apply bronzer.  This brush is probably one of my favorites out of the set.

Deluxe Contour Brush:  This brush worked okay for contouring the hollows of my cheeks but since it was pretty small I noticed that it concentrated the product in one area which is not how I like to wear my bronzer.  I like to ensure a perfect blend so that it gives the illusion of shadow but doesn’t leave a harsh line or cast.  This brush works well to apply color and then I use the Tapered Blush Brush to blend the bronzer out.  It also works well to apply bronzer town the sides of my nose.

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Crease Blender: This brush was domed shaped – similar to those you see on the market today.  I wondered how well it would work since the bristles were so long but it actually worked out pretty well.  I used it to blend out my eye shadow and to also apply my transition shade.  I like it – it’s one of my favorites.

Chisel Shadow Brush: This brush worked well as an eye shadow brush and to apply cream shadow.  Since it is domed and not as thick, it allowed me to pack a good amount of color on the brush and apply to my lids.  Be sure to tap off the brush first before applying to keep from fall out when using loose or pressed shadows.

Detail Liner Brush:  This one is probably my least favorite in the bunch.  The tip itself I think is thin enough for cream / gel liners, but I feel like it’s lacking in body with regard to the bristles.  It held the product nicely and applied gel/cream liner to my eye lids nicely – but it takes a little finesse and you really have to coat the product on the brush so that the bristles do not flair out and cause a mess.  It works, but it takes some getting used to.

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Crown’s HD Brush Set comes in purple, orange and white (with blue tips) and retail on Crown’s website for $27.95  USD.  Overall, I think for the price, it’s a great value.  The case that the brushes come in is sturdy and great for traveling.  I definitely love that it comes with a tweezers and a mirror which makes it a great companion for over night stays or traveling.  If I had to make one suggestion it is that I wish that there was a flat top kabuki style brush in the mix.  That would be perfect for those who use liquid foundations.  I think the powder brush is perfect for foundation application – but now as ideal for liquid.  I tried and while the bristles held the product… it didn’t buff it into the skin as effortlessly as I would  have liked.

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Anyone who knows me – knows I’m a makeup brush addict.  Well, a makeup addict in general, but really – I have quite a huge selection of Makeup Brushes and Sigma Beauty offers some of the best on the Market today.  I have tried makeup brushes from many many companies, MAC, Bare Minerals, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Sedona Lace, ELF – the list goes on and on.  But I still find myself pulling at some of my favorite Sigma Brushes and it was the first thing that came to mind when I was building my Holiday Wish List.

Recently Sigma released their Advanced Artistry Set.  I was truly bummed that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to get my hands on the set yet, but it’s on my wishlist and I can’t wait to get it. #determined

Advanced Artistry Set – $175.00

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The first brush I ever received from Sigma Beauty was the E25 Blending Brush.  Having been a fan of MAC brushes for many years, this brush amazed me and I still use my E25 brush today.  Many of said to come close and many have, but after 3 years and a lot of washing and sanitizing – my Sigma E25 has been awesome and held up to the abuse.  I added this to my wishlist but I need like 3 of them at least, it’s my favorite and such a universal brush.

E25 Blending Brush – 18K Gold $15.00

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The Perfect Blend Kit – $63.00

If I really had to choose one of the Artistry sets to select as an ideal gift, honestly – the Perfect Blending Kit would be my choice.  The brushes look very unusual from what we are used to seeing on the market – but that is what intrigues me so much.  Could these be the brushes that I need in my Brush Arsenal to create better looks then what I do now?  I won’t know until I try it out and I’m determined to try these out soon.

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Performance Eyes Kit – $75.00

Everyone I know, knows I am a eye makeup addict.  Out of everything in my collection, eye shadows are my favorites and therefore, I really really want to try out this kit.  The Performance Eyes Kit is supposed to be a kit that will really be perfect to create any eye look and this is a kit I have had my eyes on for a while now.  #needit

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As a makeup lover – I believe that your tools is what allows you to be as good as you are.  It’s not a requirement of course, some people just have kick ass skill but your tools like your brushes really top it all off.  I have been a lover of Sigma Beauty brushes for over 3 years and I look forward to trying them all out.  What’s on your Wishlist for Sigma?  Do you have any special products you would like to try?  Let me know in the comments below.

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