Most Used Brushes: May 2015

WARNING & SPOILER ALERT: This is a really, really, really long post with lots of pictures!

I'm not that educated when it comes to brushes, but one thing I have learned over the past couple of years is that brushes absolutely do make a difference! They can help your shadow blend more seamlessly, some hairs are better for certain types of products (creams vs. powder for example)...but a lot of it boils down to personal preference - much like most things in the beauty world! 

I've had many brushes that I've loved and used, but that seems to change depending on my mood and what products I'm loving at the time. Ok, and in all honesty it probably depends a lot on what new brush I'm gushing on at the moment! And so...I thought I'd show you what brushes I've been loving lately! 

***All items purchased by me. Links are to previous posts or are non-affiliate.***

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Aaaah...fluffies!!!

If anyone is interested, I do use brush guards when drying my brushes and I also use the London Brush Company soap. Dermstore has the soap for 20% off this weekend with code MDW20, HERE

Most Used Brushes: May 2015

Most Used Brushes: May 2015

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 (actually I've probably been using these since mid March)

Tom Ford 06 Cheek Brush - $78

Hakuhodo J104 (powder brush) - $83

Surratt Cheek Brush - $115

Tom Ford 02 Foundation Brush (aka Cream Foundation Brush on some sites) - $72

Hakuhodo J5523 (eye brush) - $19

Wayne Goss 03 (I use this as an eye brush, but it could be used for under the eye to set your concealer or probably even as a highlight brush if you are looking for very precise application) - $32

Again, I'm not super educated when it comes to brushes, so please excuse the lack of technical terms and such...I'm just a girl who likes brushes ha ha! 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

First up are the Tom Fords...the Cream Foundation Brush (or 02 Foundation) and the 06 Cheek Brush. *For an extensive look at the whole lineup of Tom Ford brushes, please refer to Belly's very detailed reviews and overviews, HERE

These have held up amazingly well since I purchased them about 2 years ago, and I've used them a lot. They still look and feel like they did when they were new...even the engraving of the logo and # of the brushes still are in perfect condition, which I cannot say the same for all my brushes (even ones that aren't as old). They are made of goat hair...very, very soft goat hair. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

The Tom Ford Cheek Brush is pretty dense, but it gets a less dense as you get further away from the center. The Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush stays pretty dense throughout. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Hopefully you can see from the picture above that both brushes have sides that slope down versus having say, a flat top. For the Cheek Brush, the shape along with the difference in density (more dense center) makes it pretty versatile. It's dense enough to pick up a harder textured formula such as the Clinique Cheek Pops, but it can also blend out a softer texture like the Burberry Light Glows equally as beautifully. It works very well with a highly pigmented blush such as Tom Ford's Narcissist, as long as you use a light hand to initially pick up pigment.

The Cream Foundation Brush I don't use to actually apply foundation because I feel like it soaks up too much foundation. But I do love it to smooth out foundation after I've applied it with my fingers. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

And here's the powder brush I've been using lately. I bought this last year when Bronzer Bunny and I went to the Makeup Show in Chicago. Hakuhodo had a booth, and wow it was so hard to choose! Very overwhelming to say the least ha ha! This is another goat hair brush that's very soft, though I don't think it's quite as soft as the goat hair in the Tom Ford brushes. 

I love this brush because it's big and fluffy, so I can cover a large area quickly. It also applies powder more delicately (less heavy) than the Wayne Goss Holiday Brush that I'd previously been loving. I still love the Goss brush, but for the Dior Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Powder I prefer the lighter touch and feel of the Hakuhodo. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Here's what I don't like...the engraving has already started wearing off and it's not even been a year yet. The name of the brush I'm afraid one day will be unrecognizable, and in the picture above you can see the Hakuhodo name is starting to show wear as well. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

And then check this out. I didn't drop it or anything...one day just noticed a piece of the end was gone. GONE. Weird. Also this brush still sheds random hairs. And this brush wasn't cheap - HERE it is on the Hakuhodo site. From the site pictures it looks like they've changed the handle so maybe the issues have since been resolved. Despite the problems, I would buy this brush again if I ever lost it or it was worn out because I love how it feels and applies. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

For size reference, here it is pictured with the Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, which is probably the largest brush I own. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Top view. You can see it's less dense. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Side view. Here you can see that the Hakuhodo has a slightly rounded, flat-ish top. And you can see here as well as the pic above that it's less dense. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Aaaaaaah, and here's my latest conquest thanks to Belly - the Surratt Cheek Brush!! Check out her post HERE for reviews of this Cheek Brush and also the Face Brush. This is just a lovely, lovely brush...from how amazingly soft the hairs are to the gorgeous design...check out what I mean below! 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Seeeeeeee that handled?!!!!! Subtle because it has to be turned just so...and in the right light it catches and sparkles and whoa where did that Surratt logo come from?!!

Soooooft, soft, soft. Did I mention it's really soft?!! According to Belly's post, these are made with blue squirrel hair. This brush is also versatile...can be used for blush, highlight and more precise powder application! 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

For size comparison, here it is compared to the Goss 03 and Tom Ford Cheek. It's more dense than the Suqqu Cheek, and I LOVE that...because sometimes I find the Suqqu Cheek to be a little too...floppy??? I feel like the Surratt Cheek Brush is dense enough to let me pick up the blush pigment I need (except for harder textured blushes as mentioned HERE), but it's not too dense to work with - it lets me really work product into the skin if I need to. 

And by really working blush into the skin, here's what I mean - the video should start at 12:20...

She is showing the Suqqu Cheek Brush here, but I think the Surratt is similar...main difference being that the Surratt is more dense. But I still wanted to show this video (there's a better one, unfortunately I couldn't find it) because her technique here is different than the pat, pat, patting and then blending out that I had previously done. Here she presses the top of the hairs down so they are splayed (as in the picture below) a little, and more kind of buffs the blush in vs. patting it in. But I love the Surratt Cheek Brush because I can use both techniques, along with just swishing the brush back and forth. Hopefully I'm making sense? 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

And if Belly can do it I can do it...here are the hairs all splayed. You can see how fine the hairs are. 

As a side note...I am planning on a Suqqu Cheek Brush comparison with the Surratt Cheek and a similarly shaped Goss brush. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Size and shape comparison with the Tom Ford Cheek.

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

And lastly, we have the 2 eye brushes I've been using the most. The Hakuhodo J5523 and Wayne Goss 03. 

The Hakuhodo J5523 I bought on recommendation from Appu @ Makeup, Beauty and More. The Goss 03 I bought as part of the set when his brushes were first released. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Can you see how much the engraving has worn off??? And check the pic below...

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Not worn that much, but you can tell it starting to peel away. So annoying. Other than that, I love the brushes :-)

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

The Hakuhodo I use to lay down color, or I can turn it on its side to get apply a smaller line of color or to blend things out. The Goss I just use to blend shadow, and it is very soft. The Hakuhodo is goat hair, and the Sara says HERE that she thinks the Goss is a mix of blue squirrel and goat. The description on Beautylish just says cruelty free, and not specifically what the brush is made of. 

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Most Used Brushes: May 2015 - gummyvision.com

Side view.

The Goss is a little too floppy for me to actually apply shadow, but I love using it to blend because of its softness - I can blend, blend, blend without it irritating my lids. 

WHEW. Finally. That's it!!! Ha ha!! Thanks for hanging in there with me and this post :-)

What brushes have you been using lately??

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

I love the idea of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - add it to any of your existing products to make a foundation or tinted product...best part...you get to decide on the coverage!

***All items purchased by me. Links are to previous blog posts or are non-affiliate.***

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - gummyvision.com

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, $44/.5 oz

I tested the Cover FX Custom Cover drops alone and with the following products:

Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+ Milk, Bioderma Photoderm Laser SPF50+, Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel, Glycolix Elite Fortified Cream, African Botanics Pure Marula OIl

...And here's the video that originally got me hooked and dying to try this product...

Sounds completely amazing and fantastic, right?!!! If only it were that easy...

Here are the most important points I found while trying to use this product:

  • Making foundation isn't as easy as simply adding pigment to your non-foundation product.
  • The number of drops used doesn't merely correlate with amount of coverage, it also means either a lighter or darker shade of the pigment itself. So...I have the color G30...the fewer drops I use means the actual color is lighter than G30 along with lighter coverage. The color is in the same family, but up to several shades down from what the pigment looks like in the bottle. 
  • The less product I mix the drops with the better, otherwise I have to use more drops to get the right color - could empty the bottle quickly, plus it's harder to tell what the coverage will be like. 

I thought the drops would take on the finish of whatever product I mixed it with, but instead it dulled everything to the point of being pretty lifeless...even the Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel and the African Botanics Pure Marula Oil. It also made everything sit in my pores. And the higher the coverage (The more product added), the worse things looked. And lighter coverage (along with the point above about it also being a lighter shade) didn't even cover minor redness...I could tell I applied something, but I don't think it made my skin look better - and that's the whole point!!

Also, the dropper applicator is really messy when taking it in/out of th bottle (the top part where the threads are). I've tried wiping it away, but it comes right back...I think it's to spite me?!!! Seems so wasteful, especially considering the bottle is only .5oz. 

This is going back. Have you tried the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops? If the product worked for you, what are you using to mix with it?

 

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Beauty Thoughts V

Over the past few months, various blog posts of different subject matter have inspired me to do this: 

  • I'd like to take a moment to recognize anyone out there who has a blog or YouTube channel or something similar where they put themselves out there. To those of you who do it because you love it, who do it because you want to share information, who do it because of the friendships you've formed...to all of you guys, with 1 subscriber or 10,000+...THANK YOU for doing what you do!!! There really is something out there for everyone, and I'm grateful to have so many options to choose from!! 
  • And...to all the trolls out there...STOP messing with my friends and favorite bloggers!!! Shame, shame, shame on you. These people work hard, most have full time jobs and families or other obligations, and we should simply be grateful they choose to share their time and thoughts with us. It takes more energy to be mean than nice, so please just be nice...or hey, don't leave a comment at all! 

To swing things around to more beauty specific thoughts...let's do a little exercise...don't worry, it's not the treadmill or Pure Barre kind :-)   And as a side note, all the pictures in this post are unfiltered and unedited.

Beauty Thoughts V - gummyvision.com

Sent this to my Husband to say good night, because we have a running joke about my pink-fuzzy-robe or PFR for short. And yes, we actually do say PFR lolol!! 

At first I thought, hey!! This is a pretty good pic!! Lipstick looks good, skin looks pretty darn great, and where the heck did all those grays hide themselves and why can't they do that EVERYDAY?!!! And yeah...loving my cheekbones here! 

Then, of course I scrutinize the picture more closely. A LOT more closely. And here's what I come up with...

Beauty Thoughts V - gummyvision.com

Let's look at another pic. As a backstory, my friend Maggie and I have a running joke that every single picture she takes - whether in the dressing room trying to get help choosing a dress or a day at Disneyland - shows her with a pout. We've dubbed it the Maggie Pout. So sometimes I'll send her a Gummy Pout pic just to be funny! And that is what's below...

Beauty Thoughts V - gummyvision.com

Except for the pout or duck lips or whatever you want to call them, at first glance I was like, Oh I like this!! Pretty good no makeup makeup, skin looks good and eyebrows are in check!! 

Upon closer inspection, let's see what happened...

Beauty Thoughts V - gummyvision.com

Soooooo...my point is...we are all quite capable of criticizing ourselves and don't need any help!! Why do we do this to ourselves and each other??? Why can't we just be kind to our faces, bodies and those of others?!!! I don't know the answer...

With all these rambly, bambly and potentially incoherent thoughts I'll leave you with this...

Beauty Thoughts V - gummyvision.com

...this glorious picture of me as I type up this post ha ha! Yup. THAT'S what I look like most of the time when I'm home. Crazy hair. No makeup. Contemplating if Doritos or chips and salsa sounds better as a snack. Slightly dreading going back to work because I just want to sleep. Thinking about quitting sugar but not really wanting to. Knowing I should go workout but not too into that at the moment either. Really wanting to get a new swimsuit but knowing I don't need one because the ones I have are in perfectly good shape. And still thinking about how AMAZINGLY delicious my afternoon coffee was...Nutter Butters dipped into instant Starbucks Italian Roast with 1 Truvia and 3 French Vanilla creamers...seriously...SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!! Wait. I'm supposed to be thinking about quitting sugar, right??? 

Love you guys!!! Thanks for letting me blather again!!! xoxo

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Clinique Cheek Pops In Pink Pop, Heather Pop & Pansy Pop

I've been wearing the Clinique Cheek Pops for about the past month! I've been rotating colors and also layering them on top of Burberry Earthy (geez forgot how much I love this one!!) or Burberry Misty blushes. Bottom line: I LOVE these things!!!

***All items purchased by me. Links are to previous blog posts and are non-affiliate.***

Clinique Cheek Pops in Heather Pop (bottom left), Pink Pop (top) & Pansy Pop (bottom right) - gummyvision.com

Clinique Cheek Pops, $21/.12oz

I wasn't interested in the Cheek Pops when they were first released - none of the colors piqued my interest. But this time around...ACK - I had a hard time deciding on colors!! And gosh look at that flower detail...so beautiful!!!

At first it was difficult getting the color to show up because I was using the Surratt Cheek Brush. It's too soft to pick up much pigment, and it took forever to get the color built up. But then I tried it with the Tom Ford Cheek Brush and it's perfect...stiff and dense enough to pick up the product, but soft enough to blend out the color. 

I'll admit the texture isn't my favorite...I prefer the soft, creaminess of Burberry...but OOOOOOH the finish more than makes up for it!!! Seriously the finish on these Cheek Pops is gorgeous...luminous and radiant, but nothing over the top. It's that perfect, natural glow! Remember back in THIS post, when I mentioned how all my blushes were looking powdery? Well with the Cheek Pops, I've finally got my blush groove back!! 

Did I mention I love the packaging too?? The thick, clear plastic is super sturdy and seems more luxurious than the $21 price tag would normally suggest. Plus it's so convenient to be able to see at a glance what color you are reaching for. 

Clinique Cheek Pop swatches in Pink Pop, Heather Pop & Pansy Pop - gummyvision.com

Here are some swatches in sunlight, each color shows a light and a heavy swatch. Remember my skin tends to pull things warm, so these are probably warmer than how they might look on you. Heather and Pink might look close in the heavy swatches, but I think the lighter swatches show the difference...on my face Heather looks a bit more neutral. Though you can see a little shimmer in the swatches, it's very subtle and once applied all I see is natural radiance vs. any shimmer. 

Clinique Cheek Pop swatches in Pink Pop & Heather Pop - gummyvision.com

Here's a closer look at Heather and Pink.

Clinique Cheek Pop swatches in Pansy Pop - gummyvision.com

Here's a closer look at Pansy.

Clinique Cheek Pop swatches in Pink Pop, Heather Pop & Pansy Pop - gummyvision.com

Clinique Cheek Pop swatches in Pink Pop, Heather Pop & Pansy Pop - gummyvision.com

Here's an angle where you can see the shimmer better. 

So...yep...I love these Cheek Pops!!! What do you think? Have you tried them yet?

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