Best Full Coverage Foundation Brush

Hello Beautifuls, I know you know my love and devotion toward the Original Beauty Blender, but on occasion this girl needs to kick it old school and use some brushes!

So, without further ado, here are my Top 3 Full Coverage Foundation Brushes!

(NOTE: this is not in any particular order, because every time I think one is better, the other still surprises me and then I can’t choose).

Okay, so I will start off by saying all of these are some version of synthetic bristles, which tend to always result in fuller coverage/better product pick up than natural bristles.

1) F80 – Flat Kabuki Brush, Sigma Beauty, $24.

The only time being dense AF is a wonderful thing! This guy is packing in some bristles for sure and the top is completely flat. I almost want to say that this may be the fullest coverage of the three because of how dense it is.

I really like the quality of sigma brushes and find them to be a much better deal than other pro brands. I haven’t noticed any bristle fall out, which is great. Sigma uses their patented Sigmax Fibers, which claim to not absorb products, and be antibacterial and hypoallergenic. The metal tone comes in either chrome or copper. I got the chrome but I kinda wish I got the copper 😬.

best full coverage foundation brush sigma f80
Anyway, all in all, I think every MUA and makeup lover can agree that the Sigma F80 is a staple and must have brush in your collection.

2) M439 – Deluxe Buffer, Morphe Brushes, $13.99.

So, I recently started crushing hard on Morphe! I will get into their other products that I adore in another post, but the M439 is just awesome! For a while I opted for the flat top but this one brought me back to loving round again.

best full coverage foundation brush morphe m439
This brush just results in a very pretty, hd, very blendable full coverage effect. I notice a teeny bit of bristle fall out and my handle started loosening, but for the price, it is well worth it to get the amazing ball of dense soft bristles.

3) 3DHD Kabuki Brush, Sigma Beauty, $24.

Last, but not least, the Sigma 3DHD! This guy really does deliver an hd, full coverage finish. But, what’s really special about it, is the “3D” shape. It gets into the corners, around the nose, eyes, mouth, etc and then you just turn it back to the flat side and blend, baby, blend! I use this one the least out of the three but I don’t really have a reason for that because it really is an awesome brush!

best full coverage foundstion brush sigma 3dhd kabuki

best full coverage foundstion brush sigma 3dhd kabuki

The 3DHD is also made up of the Sigmax Fibers and comes in chrome and copper.

All 3 are great with both liquid and creme foundations. Thanks for reading and happy makeup-ing!

❤️ Emily

Best “Natural Brand” Foundation

Best “Natural Brand” Foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, 1.7 oz, $39.

tarte foundation review

I am a girl who loves me some full coverage foundation, and rarely do
I go for the “natural” type products. This Tarte foundation has shattered my view on them. I LOVE this foundation so much, that it has become my daytime go-to every day.

I really love this foundation because it can be buildable and really full coverage with a full coverage foundation brush, like the Sigma F80, or it can be more natural with a skin finish look by applying it with the Beauty Blender. Either way, the finish is just great.

On, the description includes:

“Whether skin is oily, dry, or combination, “skin-smart” Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns for makeup that wears better, longer, and truer. This revolutionary foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time.”

That to me really is a game changer, because my skin likes to change it up on me all the time. I can be really dry, sometimes combo, sometimes my nose is an oil monster… the versatility really makes this product different, IMO. My skin can have its sensitive days, so it’s also good to know that I am using better ingredients on my face (or at least I like to think so). So I must note that it is formulated without any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates AND Tarte is a cruelty free company! you know how I love my fur-babies 🙂

It is awesome for daytime since it does have some SPF. I don’t always wear my sunscreen during the day like I should, so with this foundation I know I am getting a little bit of protection at least. But, on the flip side, I don’t wear this at night or when I know I will be in photos because it has SPF (see my “no flashback” post here).

My best shade is “Light-Medium Sand” which is described as “light to medium skin with yellow undertone“.

I purchased it at my local Sephora for $39 for a 1.7 oz tube.

New Product Spotlight: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, 0.85 fl oz, $32.00.

Let me start off by saying, Holy S*!t Balls! This is AMAZING! MAC made a waterproof version of my HG foundation, so naturally I overnighted it to myself the day it was released online. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

In fact, a few things I did not like about the OG Pro Longwear foundation got corrected in this formula. It doesn’t have that sticky consistency and is way more hydrating even though it conmbata oil, so it works well with all skin types, including dry skin. This is probably due to the sodium hyaluronate in there. It also feels lighter on the skin and is waterproof! 

MAC very accurately describes it as:

A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 16 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.”

It works well as a foundation and a concealer. Set it correctly unde the eyes and no creasing!

When first applied, it looks way lighter, but it oxidizes perfectly to the correct shade, so stick to your usual Pro Longwear shade. I’ve applied it with brushes and my Beauty Blender, all with build able, even coverage. I prefer full coverage, so I did two layers. With one, it leaves a very nice natural skin looking finish. With two, it is full coverage. 

The only negative: it comes in a 0.85 fl oz tube instead of the usual 1 oz bottles. Why did you not just make it 1 oz like the rest, MAC?!

Other than that, order it, buy it, love it!!! It gets released in stores on 5/7.

On to the new Pro Longwear Pressed Powder:

I ordered the setting powder that was released along with it, but unfortunately I was not able to try it because I am allergic to soy protein, which is in it. So again, MAC, I ask of you, please list your ingredients online! 

Aside from that, I’m very happy with the new release! Thank you, MAC, for my new holy grail foundation.

❤ Emily

Beauty Award: Kat Von D ‘Ink Liner’

Kat Von D ‘Ink Liner’, Trooper (Ultra Black), $19.

 best waterproof eyeliner 
In my original post, Best Long-Wearing Liquid Eyeliners, I mentioned that I had tried pretty much every liquid liner that claims to be long wearing or waterproof. I had tried the Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ and mentioned that one had failed my test. However, I never actually tried her ‘Ink Liner’. The formula of the Ink Liner has not only passed my test, but made this liner my everyday go-to. (I heard that she re formulated some of her liners so I may have to try the tattoo liner one last time).

It is a pen style liner with a felt tip that goes on very smoothly with absolutely no tugging at all. You do not have to extend your lid at all to apply this. I’ve had mine for at least a few months and it has yet to show any signs of drying out — this is amazing! It is unlike its other waterproof competitors, like the Marc Jacobs magic waterproof marker that starts to get dry in the first month. 

The formula sometimes does begin to break down in the corners of my eyes if they’re watering like crazy, but it usually still holds up well enough that it is still in my bag everyday. I’ve even cried with it on and it did not run everywhere. 

The formula is a really nice deep true black that goes in very smoothly and liquidy, and after it is dry the color does not change or lighten as some others may do. 

I think the easy application and well designed applicator and formula make it my go-to. If I need to wear a liquid eye liner that I can guarantee won’t move and is waterproof, I would probably reach for my MAC liquid last or wet’n’wild H20 proof. Those are the most waterproof liquid liners I’ve used by far, but their applicators are not as fast and easy to use as the KVD liner. 

Overall, the Kat Von D Ink Liner is, for now, my favorite everyday liquid liner. Because Kat Van D is part of Kendo lines, it is only found exclusively at Sephora for $19. 

Beauty Award: Hourglass ‘Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint’

Beauty Award: Hourglass ‘Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint’, $55, 1oz.


Loooovveeee this formula! Holla to all my beauties with dry skin, have you noticed that for the most part all foundations that are marketed for dry skin are either light coverage, too watery or wipe off in two seconds?! This is not the case when it comes to the Hourglass ‘Illusion’. I know it is called a ‘Skin Tint’ but it is Medium/Full coverage, and build able (which it doesn’t need). It makes your skin look so soft and hydrated and bouncy and beautiful!

The formula is creamy and obviously, I still use my Beauty Blender to apply, and set it with either the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder (which I reviewed here) or the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder. Even after setting with powder, my skin still managed to look dewy! This formula also wears really well, but that probably has to do a lot with skin type. If you have oily skin, I’m not sure how it will hold up.

I know it comes with a heavy price tag, but it may be worth using during the winter or buying it once and going through the whole tube because of the sodium hyaluronate. Using that everyday for a while may just be the cure your skin needs. If you can, it’s worth trying!

If you’ve tried it, let me know your thoughts!

❤ Emily

How-To: Get the Longest Wear Out of Your Lipstick

Hello Beautifuls! First off, I want to apologize for being MIA for a minute there. Now, without further ado…

I think you all can agree that the worst thing about your favorite bold lip color is that it doesn’t last very long, smears everywhere when you eat or drink and if you’re really unlucky it gets on your teeth 😳. So here is my guide to getting the longest wear out of your lipstick:

– Make sure you prep your lips!
1) Exfoliate! I love the Fresh ‘Sugar Lip Polish’ $22.50, 0.6 oz. This stuff gives a good scrubbing while softening and hydrating at the same time. If you don’t like the price tag, try making a DIY lip scrub at home. There are a bunch of recipes found online, mainly consisting of brown sugar. Here’s an article from Brit + Co with 23 different DIY lip scrub recipes!

2) Hydrate! After using a lip scrub, on dry clean lips, I apply my Fresh ‘Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy‘ $35, 0.3 oz. This is supposed to fill in all the lines, plump, soften and hydrate your lips. I don’t think I’ve used it long enough or enough times to really know how much of a difference it makes in comparison to other hydrating lip products. But it does always feel good going on. If you want something inexpensive that you can buy at a drugstore, pick up a ‘Hydration Lock’ ChapStick with sodium hyaluronate.

3) Prime! There are many different lip primers out there. Right now my go to is Bite Beauty ‘Line & Define Lip Primer’. I also liked the Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer. The Bite one is more hydrating while the Too Faced one is kinda drying. But, I felt that the Too Faced one made my lip color last longer then the Bite one did. I think I’m still on the search for my HG lip primer.

Now, once your lips are prepped you’re ready for the color!

– Opt for matte lipstick. It tends to last longer on its own versus the rest since it is naturally drier.
– Choose lip colors that are labeled ‘long wearing’, like Kat Von D’s ‘Everlasting Liquid Lipstick‘. ( that stuff is amaze-balls and wears like cement … or something lol)
– If you are not using a primer (which typically acts like a lip liner), use a lip liner to prevent feathering and fill in any lines. Go for a color that complements or opt for an ‘invisible’ liner (I know Sephora carries a few different kinds, including one from their own brand).

If you think that’s not enough or you really want some extra staying power…

4) Set! Use a tissue to gently blot your lips to remove any excess oils. Then, apply a thin layer of translucent setting powder. Depending on the look of it after adding the setting powder, you can choose to add another thin layer of lipstick on top to bolden the color again. If your lips are too dry for the powder or don’t want to risk the possible peeling, use a setting spray instead! Try the one by Model in a Bottle. Use a small compact brush, like a concealer brush, spray the setting spray onto the brush and then very gently and lightly tap the product onto your lips to set. Honestly, I’m not sure if that product is even okay for use on your lips but I have not had a problem so far. It is an excellent setting spray for special events or those days you really need your makeup to stick. The ‘Model in a Bottle’ company also makes a lipstick sealer, which I have yet to try. If you have, please comment below and let me know what you think. Lastly, you can give the Ciate London ‘Kiss Play Stay’ a whirl. It seems that it does a pretty good job, but it really depends on the lipstick finish and formulation you use it with. It is meant for your lips, but kinda burns sometimes, which is ‘eh’ probably not the most desired feeling.

So that is my step by step guide to long lasting lips! Just keep in mind, I don’t think there is any lipstick in existence that will not budge at all after eating a five course meal and drinking, so plan accordingly. But, this guide may help.

Best Mascara for Length, Volume, and Curl

Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara, .27 oz., $23.

This mascara makes your lashes go from “meh” to “Marvelous”! It volumizes, lengthens, thickens and delivers a beautiful dark black that gives you these awesome full dramatic doll-like lashes.

I always use an eyelash curler before using any mascara, but it is not necessary to get the effects, but will make the results even better. My only complaint, this mascara is not waterproof, so it flakes and smudges to an extent. I love the look of this mascara so much though that I use a coat of the Anastasia ‘Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat’ on top (after the mascara dries) to greatly reduce any flaking or smudging.

I picked this little gem up at my local Sephora. They also make a mini, so you can commit to a small one first, even though Sephora does have an awesome return policy.

You’re welcome.

❤ Emily

How-To: Waterproof Any Mascara

I am a huge fan of waterproof makeup because I have really watery eyes from allergies and can’t stand runny makeup. But, we all have favorite products and, if you’re like me, just wish that they were waterproof (i.e. Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara, why are you not waterproof?!). Well, your wish just came true, at least for mascara!

‘Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat’ by Anastasia Beverly Hills, .19 oz., $21.

This is an ultra secret (not really) beauty fave of mine that will turn any mascara into waterproof mascara! Love, love, love. Although it is not as great of a result as using an actual waterproof mascara alone (most likely due to application error) this stuff has really helped fix my “raccoon eyes” problem that I always get with normal mascara. Although, different ways of avoiding “raccoon eyes” is a different post in itself (I will get to it). Make sure to apply one coat of Lash Genius after your mascara has dried.

I purchased it at my local Sephora, and although $21 seems steep, that’s less than the cost of higher end mascaras and maybe this will help you get more use out of other mascaras you may not usually reach for (too much smudging or flaking? Use Lash Genius on top = problem solved). You’re welcome.

❤ Emily

Best Mattifying Primer

Best Mattifying Primer: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, 1.35 oz, $36

becca ever matte poreless priming perfector review

This stuff is the bomb! This primer really prevents oiliness from breaking up your makeup, even powders, and prevents shine and pores from showing. If you have oily skin, use it all over or if you have an oily t-zone like me, spot treat. This is the one primer that truly prevents makeup breakup. I haven’t noticed it drying out my skin either. It is free of silicone, oil, alcohol and fragrance. I’ve seen it online and in stores at Sephora and online on Birchbox.

❤ Emily

Tip: (No) Flashback Friday

It’s finally Friday! Many of you are going to be going out tonight and taking selfies and group pics and the last thing you want to be is Casper the Ghost in those captured memories. So, do not fear, Emily is here…to tell you how to not get that dreaded flashback from your makeup.

Let’s just say lesson learned….



Here are a few guidelines to follow:

1) avoid SPF in your makeup routine. Some argue that it should be okay in your skin care but I say just avoid it altogether for photography with ONE exception, the Hourglass Veil Primer has an SPF 15 but it’s been tried and tested that it’s okay.
2) minimize powder use, if any. Use a waterproof primer like Hourglass Veil Primer for a good base and setting spray to set once you’re done. If you have to use a powder to set, I would recommend the Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder
3) use makeup that was designed for photography (like Smashbox and Make Up For Ever). The MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation looks flawless in photos!

That’s it!

❤ Emily