February 24, 2012

Halloween Face: Mouse





This is a video that has been on my camera since I lost my camera cord around Halloween, so it never got posted. I just purchased a new one so I finally uploaded this. I'm also finally able to make videos again! 

This video also shows how to highlight and contour. It's like a tutorial within a tutorial and features me exclusively using Bdellium Tools Green Bambu Brushes.







February 16, 2012

IN THE KNOW: New additions to the Bdellium Tools line for 2012



Bdellium Tools is a brush company that I was introduced to in early 2011. I've purchased dozens (literally) of their brushes and have become a huge fan. I wrote a LENGTHY post reviewing a number of them here if you'd like to read it. The company recently launched a blog, which I've been stalking lately, where they announced the new additions coming to the Maestro, Studio and Green Bambu lines this month. It looks like the Mineral, Foundation and Smoky Eye kits that are currently available in the Green Bambu line will now come in Yellow Bambu. They'll be identical to the Green Bambu line in design and still offer synthetic hair but they will be all yellow. You can see a picture of the mineral brush set in the picture above. I can't wait to see them in person. I know that Bdellium exhibited at IMATS London and the ISSE show in California this month so if you were in attendance you may have already seen these.  Below are the eight brushes that will be added to both the Studio and Maestro line (and it looks like a couple will be added to the Green Bambu line as well). The pointed foundation brush really caught my eye. I don't know why but I am obsessed with them; I already have three or four. I hope to get my hands on it and a few of the others in the coming weeks to review for you guys.


February 9, 2012

EVENT: 2011 America's Beauty Show



Last March I attended America's Beauty Show. Below is the post I put together to discuss the experience but it somehow slipped through the cracks and never got posted. But, I have it for you guys now and I'm hoping to attend again this year to report back for you. Last year I was more focused on makeup but this year, since I've gone natural, I'm more focused on products geared toward styling, protecting and managing my natural hair. So, hopefully you'll see another ABS post in a few weeks.


February 7, 2012

DUPE: London Soho New York Beauty Sponge - Best Beautyblender Dupe On The Market??




The Beautyblender is one of the most popular tools used by makeup artists on their clients and consequently has become a favorite among beauty bloggers and makeup lovers. It has also become one of the most duplicated beauty tools I've seen since the stippling/skunk/duo-fiber brush. The upside to all of these "dupes" is that they provide cheaper alternatives to the $20 Beautyblender. The downside is that a lot of them aren't very good. Well, what I've found certainly changes all of that.

February 5, 2012

DIY: Tabletop Light Tent

Right now I've got a pretty low budget solution for taking the product pics for this blog. It's mostly poster board or paper placed on the dining room table and propped up against a few books to create an endless background. But, I want to take things up a notch so I have been on the hunt for a light tent. I keep debating on whether I should make my own or just buy one. I've browsed a lot of blog posts and videos showing various different designs and I think this is one of the best that I've seen. For around $20 - $25 you can create your own - including the frame with fabric, the lights and the backdrop. Plus, it folds up for easy storage! Genius! So, if you are taking pics for your blog or your website this might be something to consider.



Below is a link to the blog post where she provides a list of products, prices and where you can purchase them.


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