Trying to think up unique content for PD using products I already have — shopping my closet, if you will. So I thought I’d introduce a new series— PD Favorites. Every so often, I’ll go through everything I own or have sampled from a brand and introduce you to them. I’m starting with Urban Decay because they were the first makeup brand I purchased from, and I have most of their products. I also have a lot of favorites! And I’ve visited their headquarters, which is beautiful. 

  • Urban Decay Eye Primer ($20) - I feel like this is probably in the makeup stash of any makeup fanatic at one point or another, and with good reason! It’s fantastic. Specifically: it’s a good primer for my eyelids. If you have oily eyelids, not so much, there are others out there. I’ve gone through many genie bottles of this stuff. 
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Chopper and SWF ($18) - I’ve swatched these both here (and many more of UD’s singles. I dunno, whenever I want a subtle, pretty eye makeup look, I turn to these. I feel like they are very versatile and flattering on all skintones, are buildable, smooth, etc. Out of all their shadows, I like these the best to balance out a pop of color. 
  • Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Crush and Punch Drunk ($19) - When these came out, I literally wore these two colors to work like, every day for months. That’s a big deal for me because I will happily wear a different lipstick every day for months and have no loyalty at all. Moisturizing, super pigmented, glossy. They’re always in my makeup bag.
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69 and Anarchy ($22) - I reviewed them recently here, not much to add to that. I think these are my favorite lipsticks I’ve tried in months if not a year or so. I am a LIPSTICK FREAK and have many favorites, so that’s saying a lot. 
  • Urban Decay Palettes in Fun, Naked Basics, and 15th Anniversary ($36, $27, N/A because L/E) - I’ve got many of their palettes, these are my favorite. I like them for different reasons: fun has a perfect blend of colors to me that I can mix and match for colorful looks and it’s super cute, NAKED Basics is my favorite neutral everyday palette and I use it pretty much constantly, and the 15th Anniversary Palette is both eye candy, and a great palette to keep in my dorm and to leave the rest of my palettes at home, since it has a BUNCH of different colors and it’s own mirror. Most people who like UD probably have a Naked Palette, I think, and I have them, but I prefer matte finish eyeshadows so this particular palette was always going to be my favorite and it was worth the wait for me personally. I do wish they had it in more shades (I.E for a larger range of skintones) though. 
  • Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush ($25) - I dunno what it is about this brush but it makes even powder instantly like, full coverage and blend in my makeup perfectly. It’s the best brush I’ve used for buffing in my makeup and it’s super soft, gorgeous (I like my makeup brushes to have some heft in them) and feels really luxurious. Now, I have brushes across all price points, but this is my favorite out of all of them. 

There you have it! I hope, if you’ve been curious as to which products to try out from this particular brand, that you have more of an idea now. let me know if you have any questions. To clarify, this isn’t a sponsored post, I’m not getting paid to push these products, though some of them were sent to me to try out. They are my genuine favorites and I hope if you try them out yourself you’ll fall in love with them as well!

I didn't have a clue that I should keep clean my make up sponges and even the one I keep in the powder. I usually just throw them away and buy a new one when they're really dirty wich is a good idea too I guess. So thanks for that ¿How should I wash my make up items? ¿Soap and water?

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Yeah buying new sponges for your powders is the best idea honestly — they are really cheap so why not! However, it’s ok to wash them too, especially if you accidentally bought the wrong shape/size sponges…which I’ve done before. Ok, so I will introduce you to the land of sanitary and hygienic makeup products. Hold my hand: 

  • To clean makeup brushes: There are a bunch of different ways to do this, you can use homemade concoctions (there are plenty of youtube videos on this, I like this one best because I <3 Marlena), but I prefer to use Parian Spirit on my brushes. I have tried a bunch of different makeup brush cleaners spanning prices ranges, but this system is my favorite. Using the little grid with the tub with the brush cleanser ensures super clean brushes, and they dry very fast without drying out the brush hairs. You can also soak your makeup sponges in this. You want to also make sure you’re drying the brushes brush hairs down or at an angle where the water can drip out of them — if not, it’ll get stuck in the brush handle glue.  You can buy Brush Guards for this, but it’s not really necessary.
  • For sponges: You can use beautyblender cleanser specifically (also doubles as a brush cleaner), or your regular brush cleaner, or your face wash. I use plain ol’ Cetaphil and then spray it damp with some brush cleaner and let them dry. 

You might also want to sanitize your actual makeup once in awhile, even if you’re not using it on clients/other people. Just spraying down eyeshadows, lipsticks, powder things with some rubbing alcohol will do the job, and it won’t impact the quality of the products. 

This amazing product has saved the life of my makeup brushes - Dr. Bronner&#8217;s 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap in Almond makes my brushes beautiful and clean and oh so soft. It doesn&#8217;t leave a residue on my makeup brushes either which is wonderful. I use this when I deep clean my brushes (hypothetically) once a week. It&#8217;s a concentrated soap, so you dilute it in water, and a couple drops go a very long way. For a relatively cheap way to clean your brushes, I definitely recommend this. Or Parian Spirit, seen in one of Arabelle&#8217;s recent pictures of part of her makeup brush collection. 
Do you clean your brushes - the answer should be yes clean them semi-frequently okay.What do you use to clean your brushes?

This amazing product has saved the life of my makeup brushes - Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap in Almond makes my brushes beautiful and clean and oh so soft. It doesn’t leave a residue on my makeup brushes either which is wonderful. I use this when I deep clean my brushes (hypothetically) once a week. It’s a concentrated soap, so you dilute it in water, and a couple drops go a very long way. For a relatively cheap way to clean your brushes, I definitely recommend this. Or Parian Spirit, seen in one of Arabelle’s recent pictures of part of her makeup brush collection. 

Do you clean your brushes - the answer should be yes clean them semi-frequently okay.What do you use to clean your brushes?

We haven&#8217;t really added to our brush tag in awhile (in before: what are your favorite makeup brushes) but I think it&#8217;s because we haven&#8217;t found any that we both like more than Real Techniques. I have quite a few brushes as you can see &#8212; these are just the ones I have at home, not at my dorm or in my travel bag. Keeping them in the MUJI acrylic storage system keeps all of them organized and neat. I have a little comparment for perfume samples and eyelash curlers, too. I keep alcohol right next to my brush cleaner for quick spot cleaning and sanitizing makeup for if my friends want to try stuff when they&#8217;re over, because germs are not cute. 
Also wow I didn&#8217;t notice how gay my workspace is but it&#8217;s pretty gay. Luvz it  High-res

We haven’t really added to our brush tag in awhile (in before: what are your favorite makeup brushes) but I think it’s because we haven’t found any that we both like more than Real Techniques. I have quite a few brushes as you can see — these are just the ones I have at home, not at my dorm or in my travel bag. Keeping them in the MUJI acrylic storage system keeps all of them organized and neat. I have a little comparment for perfume samples and eyelash curlers, too. I keep alcohol right next to my brush cleaner for quick spot cleaning and sanitizing makeup for if my friends want to try stuff when they’re over, because germs are not cute. 

Also wow I didn’t notice how gay my workspace is but it’s pretty gay. Luvz it 

Quick haul post &#8212; some of these are still on sale which is why I&#8217;m putting this up so fast. 
Crown Brush Set - On Sale on Hautelook for $25 - I haven&#8217;t had a chance to really play with this set. I wish the brush roll wasn&#8217;t so shiny but I&#8217;ve played with the bristles and they are very soft. 
Crown Brush Lip Brush Set - this was also on hautelook when I purchased them but it isn&#8217;t up this time. I&#8217;m excited to try them out though, I never really use lip brushes. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer - On sale for 40% off - I&#8217;ve been waiting for this to go on sale for ages. I didn&#8217;t pick up up at IMATS because I don&#8217;t remember the discount being as nice. Couldn&#8217;t resist it this time! Shipping was LIGHTNING FAST; I got it within 2 days.
Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette - On sale for $8.48 - I got mine last month actually but it&#8217;s on sale for even cheaper this weekend &gt;__&gt; 
Classic Mini Multipurpose Synthetic Brush - On sale for $1.48 - I need more tiny detail brushes for the looks I&#8217;m into at the moment and this fits the bill.
Classic Blender Natural - On sale for $1.48 - One can never have enough blending brushes. 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray - Got this on Gilt and I love love love it, so much. I use it to refresh and set my makeup, to wet my makeup brushes before applying glitter or loose pigments&#8230;. I love it so much.
I really recommend purchasing something from the Eve Pearl or Coastal Scents sales this weekend, I don&#8217;t think you&#8217;ll find better prices on their products even at IMATS. Go go go.  High-res

Quick haul post — some of these are still on sale which is why I’m putting this up so fast. 

  • Crown Brush Set - On Sale on Hautelook for $25 - I haven’t had a chance to really play with this set. I wish the brush roll wasn’t so shiny but I’ve played with the bristles and they are very soft. 
  • Crown Brush Lip Brush Set - this was also on hautelook when I purchased them but it isn’t up this time. I’m excited to try them out though, I never really use lip brushes. 
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer - On sale for 40% off - I’ve been waiting for this to go on sale for ages. I didn’t pick up up at IMATS because I don’t remember the discount being as nice. Couldn’t resist it this time! Shipping was LIGHTNING FAST; I got it within 2 days.
  • Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette - On sale for $8.48 - I got mine last month actually but it’s on sale for even cheaper this weekend >__> 
  • Classic Mini Multipurpose Synthetic Brush - On sale for $1.48 - I need more tiny detail brushes for the looks I’m into at the moment and this fits the bill.
  • Classic Blender Natural - On sale for $1.48 - One can never have enough blending brushes. 
  • Mario Badescu Facial Spray - Got this on Gilt and I love love love it, so much. I use it to refresh and set my makeup, to wet my makeup brushes before applying glitter or loose pigments…. I love it so much.

I really recommend purchasing something from the Eve Pearl or Coastal Scents sales this weekend, I don’t think you’ll find better prices on their products even at IMATS. Go go go. 

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

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On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

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Forgot I did this post! Relevant as ever. 

Oh my gosh yay Real Techniques brushes (by Sam from pixiwoo) are being sold at Walmart online now!!! This is great news because they&#8217;re amazing brushes and they have been previously only available online and in stores at Ulta (stateside at least).
We both love these brushes. Arabelle has mentioned them before here and here. I&#8230;probably have mentioned them too somewhere and I own a good amount of them - they are amazing and great quality for the price and GO BUY SOME NOW. Especially the contouring brush that comes as part of the Core Collection, I absolutely love it and wish I could buy that brush separately. *_* High-res

Oh my gosh yay Real Techniques brushes (by Sam from pixiwoo) are being sold at Walmart online now!!! This is great news because they’re amazing brushes and they have been previously only available online and in stores at Ulta (stateside at least).

We both love these brushes. Arabelle has mentioned them before here and here. I…probably have mentioned them too somewhere and I own a good amount of them - they are amazing and great quality for the price and GO BUY SOME NOW. Especially the contouring brush that comes as part of the Core Collection, I absolutely love it and wish I could buy that brush separately. *_*

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

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i love coming home to ULTA orders. i hope you all took advantage of the BOGO 50% on real techniques brushes when it was going on! I&#8217;ll post a thorough review of these when I&#8217;m done cradling them like they&#8217;re my children.  High-res

i love coming home to ULTA orders. i hope you all took advantage of the BOGO 50% on real techniques brushes when it was going on! I’ll post a thorough review of these when I’m done cradling them like they’re my children.