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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paw Palette (


Calling all makeup artists! The "Paw Palette" is an adjustable strap-on palette to fit any size wrist (; allowing you to mix and apply makeup as you work your magic on your client. It keeps things sanitary as opposed to applying makeup to the back of your hand, and you can use it your palm if that's more comfortable. The palette itself, is a white nonporous board and it's reusable and easy to clean. And the straps are made of durable elastic band and is easy to adjust.

You can also inquire if you need extra long straps or a special size, but it definitely fits most sizes! I like that you can efficiently and quickly work on clients since you can put on swatches of concealer, foundation, lipstick, etc all on the palette and have everything within reach.

You can purchase this palette for $14.95 at the Cinema Secrets store in North Hollywood, or at

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set


This Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set was designed by the gorgeous and talented MakeupbyRenRen for Sedona Lace; and I had the wonderful opportunity to try it out!

First of all, let me say that I absolutely admire Ren and Sedona Lace for putting in a lot of thought and quality into this brush collection, and for picking out really good basic and handy brushes, because you definitely get your money's worth, you will not be disappointed! The brush belt is super soft, feels like real leather, and not the cheap plastic kind (I have one and I can feel a major difference!), and fits tons of brushes, not just only the ones in the kit. Also has a cute tiny pocket where you can probably fit a few business cards. The brushes themselves are also of high quality- they are super soft, sturdy, and not scratchy at all. You can get BOTH the brush belt and brushes for $79.95 or get them separately, the brushes only for $69.95 and the brush belt for $19.95, definitely a good bargain though if you get the entire set.

And right now you get free shipping off of $50 or more by using code 50FREE.

My favorite brushes in this collection are the Jumbo Fan Brush, because it's great for removing fallout eyeshadow or to sweep on a little powder, and the pointed crease brush which makes eyeshadow application easy, even for beginners, especially in the outer-v. I specifically love how this is a unique collection that caters to makeup artists or beginners because it has everything you need. I have not seen too many brush kits that offer a brush belt with a variety of quality brushes.

From their website,

The brushes included in this set:

Jumbo Fan
Face Brush
Everyone needs a fan brush in their life. This multi-purpose brush is large and luxurious and can be used with a number of powder products. Use it with loose powder and pack it under your eyes to catch fall out. It’s also great for setting your foundation with powder. Use it on an angle to get a nice, even distribution of blush, bronzer or highlight. The large shape also makes it great for applying body shimmer.
Tulip Contour
Face Brush
The tulip cut makes this a great contour brush.  Use it on its tip and it fits perfectly into the hollow of the cheeks for contouring or onto the tops of the cheekbones for highlighting.  From the pointed tip, the bristles taper off to help with blending.  In a pinch, this brush also works great for applying bronzer, blush or setting powder.
Tip:  Try using this with cream foundation.  The tulip shape will make blending a dream.
Dome Contour
Face Brush
For some serious contouring, this compact, dome shaped brush comes in handy.  The bristles are tightly packed giving the density needed to really buff in contour powder into the cheek bones, temples, and jaw line.  You can also use this brush for liquid or cream foundation as the dense bristles help to blend out the product and apply it with maximum coverage.
Tip:  Use a light amount of pressure when using this brush to avoid shedding.
Flat Top Buffer
Face Brush
A flat top buffer brush is everyone’s best friend when it comes to foundation.  The compact, flat top helps buff in powder, liquid, or cream foundation for an airbrushed finish.  No need to worry about liquid or cream foundation staining these brown, synthetic bristles.  You can also use this brush on its side to get a precise, contoured edge on the cheekbones.
Tip:  Dampen the brush bristles slightly to make foundation application a breeze.
Universal Blender
Eye brush
This is the universal blender because it can do everything.  Use the brush flat on its side to pack on eyeshadow, and use it on its tip to apply crease and contour color.  This is also an amazing brush for applying all over lid color in a snap.
Tip:  Keep an extra Universal Blender around to help with blending out colors – it will correct any over application or mistakes instantly.
Flat Synthetic
Eye brush
Synthetic brushes are ideal for cream and liquid products as they prevent soaking up of excess makeup.  The large head of this brush makes it perfect for applying creamy eyeshadow base or concealer in seconds.  The dense, smooth bristles also make it ideal for packing on shadow – both cream and powder.
Tip:  Use this brush on its tip and you’ll get the best application of brow bone shadow ever.
Synthetic Blender
Eye Brush
This brush is not only great for eyeshadow but concealer as well.  Makeup artists have been using crease brushes for years to help blend out creamy product like concealer or eyeshadow base.  This brush was formulated with synthetic bristles to apply the perfect amount of product.  The bristles are also nice and dense to for easily blending out darker crease colors. 
Tip: Use this as brush for contouring the nose.  The shape and tapered bristles will help you blend out hard lines easily.
Pointed Crease
Eye Brush
The best thing about this crease brush is that it comes to a nice point at the top.  This is perfect for even the smallest eye spaces.   
Tip:  Use this brush to help you blend out cut the crease looks – the pointed tip will prevent over blending and keep colors where they’re supposed to go.
Brow Spoolie Duo
Eye Brush
The key to better brows is having the right tool set.  This duo is perfect for applying brow color effortlessly and then blending it out to look completely natural.  The angled brow side has more stiff, textures bristles so that you can really get it there with your brow color.  After that, use the spoolie side to blend out harsh lines and create consistent, even color.
Tip:  Use the spoolie brush to blend out mascara clumps – its multi-purpose!
Bent Liner
Eye Brush
If you have problems applying liner, this bent brush will solve all your problems.  The ferrule is conveniently angled so that you can apply gel or liquid liner without having your view obstructed by the brush head.  The tip of the brush was created to be dense and pointed to give you a clean line.
Tip:  Dampen the bristles of the brush before you apply liner to always have a super clean line.
Detailed Shader
Eye Brush
For advanced eyeshadow application, a small shader brush is essential.  Use it to fit into all the nooks and crannies of even the smallest eyes.  This is great for getting into the tear ducts with a highlight color or even onto the lash line for smudging out color.
Tip:  Use this as a crease brush for smaller eye shapes – draw the outer v and crease on its tip and then blend.
Angled Detail
Eye Brush
This angled brush was created specifically to have extremely thin bristles and a deep, diagonal cut.  You’ll never have a problem with applying the perfect winged liner with this brush.
Tip:  The thinness of this brush makes it amazing for creating a cut the crease look.
Capped Lip Brush
A lip brush is essential to get a clean lip line.  This style was formatted with a cap to keep your brush sanitary when not in use.  Snap it onto the end of the brush while using it and you have a full sized lip brush that’s easy to handle.
Tip:  Think you’re out of your favorite lip stick?  Don’t throw it away.  Use the lip brush to scoop out extra product inside the bottom of the tube.
Brush Belt
Having a brush belt on a gig keeps you organized and professional looking.  Use the brush belt at home for storage and easy access.  The upgraded material is smooth, durable and easy to clean. With this belt, you can store dozens of brushes with room to grow.
Tip:  When traveling, fold the belt together with brushes on the inside and then wrap the straps around the belt.  Place in a baggie and your brushes will stay protected and won’t fall out of place.

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