“Beyond The Makeup Brush” wants to pamper you in 2019! We are giving away some of our favorite beauty products valued at $70.00!!

Products featured above: Colourpop “Dream Street” shadow palette, Sonia Kashuk cosmetic bag, Ecotools “Radiant Complexion Beauty Kit,” Gillian O’Malley eye mask, and Soap and Glory “Showered in Glory Kit.”

It’s a new year which means new beginnings and a new you!! Beyond the Makeup Brush wants to pamper you with some of our favorite beauty products and accessories. In order to win this fabulous giveaway you must complete all of the following. 1. Subscribe to our blog( link is below) 2. Tag at least 3 friends 3. Comment below what beauty tip or product you would like us to feature next. Must be live in the United States. The winner will be randomly drawn on February 3rd at 5pm CST. We will contact you via email. Good luck!!

_ “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”- Oprah Winfrey

Leave It Up To Us To Give You Our Must Have Essentials This Fall!!

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Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons.  What’s not to like, everything from warm fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, colorful leaves, the smell of crisp air, and ankle boots!!  Beyond The Makeup Brush wants to share our must have essentials for Fall.

Autumn is all about warm shades whether it is dark berry lipsticks, rustic reds or midnight blue nail polishes. Lovelies,  these are the must haves this Fall.  I love “Maybelline Color Sensational” Lip Color in “Blissful Berry” pictured below.  This is a great berry shade for Fall and can be purchased at Target for $3.79.  It’s a rich dark berry color that goes on smooth with a touch of nectar honey.

Now that you beauty babes out there have your Fall lip shade in check.  What about those nails?  This Fall it’s all about the midnight blues, warm beiges and anything jewel toned inspired.  I love OPI’s “Eurso Euro” pictured below.  It tends to be a dark navy blue color when applied.  I purchased this shade at Target for $5.99!

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Now that Fall is officially here you still want to keep that flawless face.  What better way to use a CC cream.  I love Thrive Causemetics “Buildable Blur CC Cream” in “Natural Beige.”  If you’re not familiar with what a CC cream it is the best invention since sliced bread!  A CC cream is lighter than a foundation but has more coverage than a BB cream.  If you have red spots, acne scars or an uneven skin tone, CC cream is a great product to correct your imperfections. I love Thrive Causemetics because it is vegan and cruelty free and the company stands for a great cause!!  I purchased this product on their website Thrive Causemetics for $38.00 and it comes with a free makeup bag!  They also carry a BB cream if you have flawless skin and just need a touch of coverage, lucky gals!

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Chocolate and Gold are a gals best friend! Now you can have both in this incredible must have”Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette from Too Faced for $49.00.  If you are going to invest in one makeup product for Fall, I would definitely check this palette out.  I purchased this palette at Sephora or can be purchased on Too Faced website as well. The “Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette is actually infused with real gold and cocoa powder, pretty amazing right? The colors are so pigmented and go on velvety smooth. These shadows are very versatile that allows you to go from a natural daytime look to a dramatic look for a night out!

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I’m a huge believer in skin care and any product that keeps your skin soft all year long. I discovered the Pacifica products a few months ago at Target, and absolutely fell in love!  I love the “Pacifica Dreamy Youth Rose and Peptides” body lotion.  It’s not too thick and has a clean rose scent. It’s great to put on right after taking a bath or shower and keeps your skin soft all day long.  I purchased at Target  for $14.99 be sure to check out their whole line of beauty products.

One Fall trend that I absolutely adore is long delicate necklaces you can layer.  I love this  “Filigree Oval Long Necklace” by “A New Day” purchased at Target for $14.99.  Whether its gold, sliver or beaded, long delicate necklaces are staple this Fall season.  Gals get those layers on!!

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-“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”-Stanley Horowitz

 

 

 

Beyond The Makeup Brush Turns 1 This Month!! We Would Like To Thank Our Followers And New Ones With Our Prize Giveaway Valued At $50!!

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Thank you everyone for making this a great year for “Beyond The Makeup Brush!!”  We have had a great year bringing you articles on beauty, fashion and just life in general.  We have more exciting things to come!  We would like to thank all of our loyal followers and hopefully add some new ones with our Fall giveaway. In order to enter you must do one of the following: 1. Subscribe to our blog  2. Follow us on Instagram @beyondthemakeupbrush 3. Follow us on our Facebook page at Beyond The Makeup Brush Do all three and you will be entered three times!  We will randomly draw the winner Sunday October 7th at 6 PM CST and will notify you by email or direct message.

Some of our favorite must have products this Fall are definitely the “Pixi Dimensional Eye Creator,” eye shadow palette, “Defy and Inspire,” nail polish in “Supernova” and “Solar Eclipse” and an Agate and Gray beaded bracelet.  Last but definitely not least to help keep you organized with the chaos of the holidays a notebook from “Eccolo and pen set from “U Brands.” Good luck and stay tuned for more exciting articles and prizes!

-“I’m So Glad That I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers” – Unknown

 

 

 

 

NYX In Washington D.C. Great Beauty Buys On A Budget!!

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This summer I had a short trip to Washington D.C. with my twin sis Annie and my mom.  We were there for a cause close to our hearts, the National Brain Tumor Society representing my late father AJ Kotich, but that’s another blog post I will share later.  We stopped in at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia and came across the holy grail of  beauty stores…the ““NYX Professional Makeup” store.   I wish we had one of these in Kansas City!!!

First of all, I have always been a fan of this makeup company.  I first learned about them a few years ago when they started popping up at Target and Walmart.  Here is the story behind this unique company. It was founded in 1999 by Toni Ko and is a subsidiary of L’Oreal company.  It was named after “Nyx”, the Greek goddess of the night. NYX has become wildly successful due to it being marketed as having “department store quality” products while sold at “drugstore prices.” I left Washington with a small haul of some great products. I reviewed a few of my favorites.

The “Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer” typically runs anywhere from $11.00 to $15.99 depending on where you purchase it.  This can be purchased directly on the NYX website or at Target or Walmart.  This is a great primer to use if you need a light base for your foundation.  I like the fact that it creates a great base and minimizes the look of your pores. So I give it two thumbs up!! Next is the “NYX Shadow Pigments” in Number 21 which is more of a taupe shade with some glimmer.  I love that it is a loose pigmented shadow.  It goes on smooth and allows you to determine how much coverage you want to use and how dramatic you want to go.  It comes in 24 shades and at $6.50 a pop you can try a variety of different shades.  The shade is pictured below on my arm.

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Okay, lets continue on this “NYX Cosmetic” journey.  I’m a big believer in concealer.  Unfortunately, I don’t have perfect skin and concealer is definitely my friend. I have tried almost every concealer out there so why not add NYX to the list! I purchased their “Full Coverage Concealer” in the shade “Sand Beige.” This product runs anywhere from $5.00 to $7.69 depending on where you purchase it.  Concealers come in varieties, such as sticks, jars or wands.  I tend to like the jar or stick because I feel like they give better coverage.  I would highly recommend this concealer you get full coverage for a great price!!  Next up, drumroll please…is the “NYX Studio Finishing Powder.”  This product runs anywhere from $8.96 to $10.00 depending on where you purchase it. This product goes a long way.  I use this product if I am going to have a long day and need full coverage.  I use this for “baking” my makeup.  If you are not familiar with the “baking technique” I will share this in another blog post.  Anyway, this is a product to use sparingly because if you use too much you can end up looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost!

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Last but certainly not least is the “NYX Matte Lipstick” in shade “Natural” shown above.  This shade is a great color that compliments any skin tone. This lipstick can be purchased for about $6.00.  When it comes to makeup products I tend to be drawn to lipsticks, nail polishes and eyeshadows.  Maybe because you are able to change your look each day with just a switch of lip shade or eye shadow.   I love, love lippies!!!  This lipstick has to be one of my favorite brands.  If you want a lipstick that will last all day long and is very pigmented this is the lipstick for you. Now beauties, if you are more of a glossy gal then this is not the lipstick for you.  It is a matte finish but lasts all day long!!  Great news ladies, for the price of $6.00 you can purchase a shade for everyday of the week!! So my friends “Nyx” Products will give you the look of a Greek Goddess or a Babe on a Budget.  So go get “Nyxed!!”

-“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Get The Buzz On My Latest Beauty Buys!

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Sometimes in life we need a little change.  Whether it’s changing the shade of your lipstick from a pale pink to a rosy red or a simple shimmer added to your latest shade of blush.  Ah, it’s the small things in life that make life worth living right? I love trying new products and I’m here to give you the 411 on what the latest buzz in beauty products are.

If you have read my previous posts you might recall me talking about Thrive Causemetics.  I love this company and what it stands for.  Thrive Causemetics is “Beauty with a Purpose.” Thrive’s goal is to donate a  product for each purchase to a woman in need. They are 100% cruelty free and vegan!  In the past I have tried their eyeshadow palettes and eyeliner and have not been disappointed. Recently, I decided to purchase their “Headliner” lipstick in the shade “Kennedy” which is a blue red shade that looks great on almost every skin tone, I am wearing all products listed in picture below.  It is a creamy texture that instantly hydates your lips and lasts all day. It can be purchased on their website at Thrive Causemetics for $26.00 and comes with a free adorable makeup bag.  How can you go wrong?

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Products used: Nars Blush in “Orgasm,” Thrive Causmetics Lipstick in the shade “Kennedy,” and Pixi “Rose Oil Blend.”

The second product I recently purchased is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm,” I’m a big fan of Princess Meghan Markle and love her fashion sense and style, One of her favorite beauty products she loves wearing is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm” that gives her that natural rosy glow.   I purchased this shade for myself on their website Nars Cosmetics for $30.00.  I love that it gives me a subtle peachy glow with a little shimmer added to it.  If you go on the Nars Cosmetics website it gives you a variety of shades that you can choose from virtually by uploading your picture on their website. Pretty cool huh?

The third product that I keep seeing reviews about on other blogs and articles is Pixi Beauty Products.  I was headed to my nearest Target so I decided to browse the cosmetic section and see what I could find.  I’m a huge fan of trying different skincare treatments so I decided to purchase their Pixi Skintreats “Rose Oil Blend,” and give it a whirl.  Pixi’s face oil can be used before and after you take your makeup off for the day. You just need a few drops for each application to leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed all day.  The great thing about this product is that it contains all natural products such as sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba and is cruelty free.  It can be purchased at Target or you local drugstore for around  $24.00. If you have a derma roller it can be used alongside the oil in order to rejuvenate the skin. I am wearing it under my makeup in the picture shown above.  Remember friends change is always good!

-“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

Get Summer Ready With Our Prize Pack Giveaway Valued at $65!

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From left to right: Soap & Glory “Sugar Crush Body Scrub,” Bare Republic “Mineral Sunscreen,” Messner Bee Farm “Lip Balm Locket in Lavender and Lemonade.” Soap & Glory “Original Pink Body Spray,” and Soap & Glory “Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream.”

Beyond the Makeup Brush would like to treat you to some of our favorite must have beauty products to get your skin ready for summer!  I love Soap & Glory body products such as their “Sugar Crush Body Scrub” which has a nice fresh hint of lime scent. It’s great to exfoliate your dead skin after laying out by the pool or at the beach.  Of course you can’t go out in those bright sunrays without some strong SPF.  I’m a big fan of Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen “Neon Sunscreen Sticks” SPF of 50.  I’m a huge believer in sunscreen all year-long. When I’m out in the sun I definitely use an SPF of at least 40 and tend to use makeup products with some kind of SPF year round.

When it comes to hand lotions I’m a bit of an addict. I absolutely love hand lotion. I  always carry a few small bottles in my handbag with me.  Soap & Glory’s “Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream” is one of my favorites. It moisturizes your hands so well from first application, with its rose scented silky cream. The scent is to die for!  Of course you can’t go without the Soap & Glory “Original Pink Body Spray, it has a fresh fruity smell and goes on cool and light, perfect for those hot summer nights. I’m a huge supporter of local businesses and  recently came across this small locally owned company the Messner Bee Farm at the Makers Faire here in Kansas City.  I love things that are all natural and locally owned.  I fell in love with their lip balm lockets made out of bee’s wax. The scent of lavender is so calming to me and I’m sure your lips will fall in love with their lavender and lemonade flavor as well!

So friends in order to win this summer prize pack giveaway you must do one of the following 1. Subscribe to our blog if you already haven’t  2. Follow us on Instagram @beyondthemakeupbrush and tag two friends and like our post about this giveaway.  3. Follow us on our Facebook page at beyondthemakeupbrush  *Follow us on all three social medias and you will be entered three times.   You must be 18 years of age to enter and in live in the United States. Winner will be drawn randomly July 14th at 5pm CST and will be notified by email or direct message.  Good Luck and thanks for going “beyondthemakeupbrush!”

“Whose eyeliner is it anyway?”

My friends, I have been on the search for the perfect eyeliner for years. Specifically, one that has a great pigmented color, is waterproof and lasts all day without running. It has been a ongoing journey until I finally discovered a few brands I absolutely love and think you will too!

The first one that I purchased was Thrive Causemetics “Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner” in the shade “Lauren” which is a black matte color.  It’s the first shade on my arm pictured above. I purchased this on their website for $22 and it comes with a cute makeup bag and built in sharpener.  It states it’s waterproof and smudge proof but after a long 8 or 9 hours of wearing the product it did smudge a little. I did not have to reapply during the day which is good news! I do love this company because all their products are cruelty free, vegan and toxic free. Their mission is “Beauty with a Purpose” for every product that is purchased one is donated to a woman in need “in order to thrive,”  I will continue to purchase from this company… so go check them out!

The second eyeliner that I highly recommend is Chanel “Stylo Yeux Waterproof” long lasting eyeliner for $33. I purchased the shade “Black Shimmer,” it is the second shade on my arm above. The price may seem a little steep but I feel like it’s worth it. This eyeliner is amazing! “Stylo Yeux  Waterproof” is smudge and waterproof and lives up to its product description.  It goes on smooth and lasts all day long!  It comes in 16 shades with a built in sharpener. If you want a soft and subtle eyeliner that doesn’t give you that harsh look this is the liner for you!

My third favorite eyeliner I purchased was Maybelline “Line Works Liquid” eyeliner in the shade black for $5.97 at Walmart . This is the third shade on my arm in the picture above.  I love this eyeliner as well. It’s affordable and stays on all day.  If I know I am going to be outside for awhile or have a long work day ahead  this is my go to liner. This liner is not for the faint of heart. It gives you more of a dramatic appearance and is great to use for a cat eye look. It has a flexible tip that gives you great control and is waterproof.  If you’re on a tight budget I would highly recommend this liner!

-“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.”-Ellen Degeneres

 

Sephora Collection Bleeding Hearts Brush Set and Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette (Prize Giveaway Valued at $85.00!!)

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Beyond The Makeup Brush would love to start your Spring off right with these two must have makeup products for Spring.  I love this new eyeshadow palette from Too Faced. It is the perfect shadow palette for Spring and goes with any eye color. This palette includes seven new modern shades, and their exclusive “coconut butter infused formula for creamier mattes and more comfortable wear.”

Everyone should have a great set of brushes.  The J Goldcrown for Sephora Collection: Bleeding Hearts Brush Set is the perfect 5 piece set.  This set contains a face powder brush, highlighter brush, round concealer brush, crease brush, angled shadow brush and pouch.  Subscribe and like our blog in order to enter this fabulous giveaway. Must be 18 years of age to enter and live in the United States. Winner will be drawn on Saturday April 28th at 5pm CST.  Beyond the Makeup Brush will contact you via email if you are the winner. Good luck!

“Wake up and make-up.” -unknown

 

 

Thrive Causemetics “Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette”: How to achieve this everyday look!

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I am a huge fan of this Cosmetic Company Thrive Causemetics. I first discovered them about 6 months ago on social media.  This cosmetic company is 100% cruelty free and vegan.  It was founded by Karissa Bodnar who lost her close friend Kristy to cancer at a young age.  Her friend inspired her to create this beauty brand to empower women.  Thrive Causemetics is “Beauty with a Purpose.”  Every product you purchase one is donated to help a woman thrive!  Losing my father a few years ago to brain cancer I am a huge fan of this company and their mission.

I recently purchased their “Perfect Eye Palette in Warm Neutrals” and I absolutely love it!  The shadows are very pigmented so they last all day. These shades compliment all skin tones and eye colors.  If you are going to have one go to shadow palette this is the one to have. I purchased it on their website Thrive Causemetics for $45.00 it comes with a free cute makeup bag as well.  My friend and stylist Jade Brown at Stem Hair and Body Salon achieved the warm neutral look on me above. Below are the steps she did to create this look.

Step 1: Apply the color “Helen” to the outer crease.

 

Step 2: Apply the color “Frida” on the eyelid.

 

Step 3: Apply the color “Roseann” to outer corner below the color “Helen” and above the lash line.

 

Step 4:  Apply the color “Frida” to the inner eyelid and then apply “Winnie” on the center lid.

 

Step 5:  Apply liner and lashes if desired.  After lashes apply the color “Marlee” above lash line to create a shadow.

 

“The eyes are the window of the soul”- Traditional Proverb

“Caboodle’s” Come Back!

Were you a teen in the early 90’s? If so you might remember this cool blast from the past! A “Caboodle on- the- go- girl” cosmetic case.  Everyone who was anyone had one of these. I remember mine was hot pink and purple.  I loved that thing, wonder where it went? Hmmm my parents basement?  Who knows!

Anyway, they say trends come back and this colorful plastic organizer is back! You can store makeup, jewelry, nail polish, perfume,and brushes. Basically, anything your little caboodle heart desires. I purchased this “vintage look” one at Walmart for $12.97. I love it because it’s an all in one makeup case.  It has a built in mirror and several trays that can store lots and lots of beauty products. A makeup junkies dream come true!

Its great for travel or anyone who is constantly on the go! Why not relive your childhood and buy yourself a caboodle and share this 90’s trend with a daughter, niece, granddaughter or friend! Now go crimp your hair and get a Caboodle!

“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu” – unknown