Jumbo Pencils & Bead Cases

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I know I mentioned these in one of my posts but I guess I wanted to elaborate on them just a bit and do a full review. Also, I wanted to share a little tip.

I ordered these jumbo pencils mainly because I couldn’t find the LA Colors ones at the Dollar Tree here and I didn’t want to pay $5 per pencil for the Nyx variety. If only elf had them! So instead I purchased this cheap set at Amazon for like $16 for a set of 12 ( I forgot 1 in the photos!), which is roughly $1.40 per pencil. I may still get some of the more unique LA Colors pencils from Cherry Culture since I’m not visiting more Dollar Trees. I’m pretty satisfied with these, especially since I’m mainly using them as bases for powder and such. I’ve only used them a few times but the colors really come through and they’re great for blending. I heard the biggest complaints in the review for these is that they don’t sharpen well but I haven’t had to do that yet anyways.
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Brushes again!

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A few months ago I realized that I was starting to develop redness all around my face, at first it would only show with extreme weather but gradually it just stayed on my face all the time. So I had to do something about it, which meant I actually had to start using foundation. I’ve never had to worry about my face ever. Through my teenage years until a few months ago I had clear skin, with a few pimples every now and then since I do have oily skin. I tried a few different types of foundation and eventually settled on Bare Escentuals and Everyday Minerals because I could build up the coverage without the cakey feeling of liquid foundations. As I was exploring the world of foundations I also realized that having the right brushes could also make a huge difference. For instance I bought a BE kit from Sephora which came with 3 brushes but I actually don’t use those brushes to apply my foundation. I found that I get the best coverage using a flat powder brush from elf. The BE brushes I use for applying blush or mineral veil. If I’m not using my Tarte face brush which is a whole lot softer. I like using synthetic bristle brushes as opposed to animal hair brushes, they seem to last longer and if you buy a good brand they’re softer and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Not all BE brushes irritate me, I do own a antibacterial synthetic brush which came with my Redness Remedy, that is an excellent brush!

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Brush Cleaning & Weird Makeup Habits

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I cleaned my makeup brushes tonight and I know a lot of people who actually don’t bother to clean their brushes. It’s kind of silly really, I mean they touch your face, wouldn’t you want it to be clean? I clean my makeup brushes about once a month since I don’t use them everyday, but if you do, I would recommend cleaning them every two weeks. It sounds like it takes time which is the complaint I get from my friends but you’ll get a lot more use out of them and it’ll save you from having to buy new brushes constantly. Here’s what I do:
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