“Spring Cleaning Your Skin Beyond The Makeup Brush Shares Our Skin Routine Secrets!”

Products featured clockwise: Bliss ex-glosion eye cream, CeraVe moisturizing cream, No7 Restore and Renew Face and Neck Multi Action Serum, Bliss Jelly Glow Peel, Health Pro Exfoliating/Cleansing Face Brush, Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend, Dove exfoliating soap.

Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth. Your skin routine needs some renewal as well. Beyond The Makeup Brush wants to share our favorite skincare products to get your skin spring ready! I love trying the latest skin products out there but try to keep main staples that I use year round. One of those beauty product staples is Dove soap. I have used Dove soap since I was in high school, which was recommended by my dermatologist. Gals, you can’t go wrong with Dove soap its gentle on your skin and is very affordable.

One beauty product you definitely want to invest in is a facial cleansing brush. One great brand is Clarisonic or if you’re a beauty on a budget check outHealth Pro Exfoliating/Cleansing Face Brush which can be purchased on Ebay for $39.95. I use my brush about once a week to get all the impurities out. It tends to dry out my skin if I use it more than that.

Another to die for favorite of mine is Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend which can be found at your nearest Target store for around $24.99. This is another great essential you must have in your daily skin routine. I tend to get really dry skin due to some of the prescription acne creams I use. A little dab of this in the morning before I put on my makeup does the trick.

I just recently discovered the Bliss beauty line and wanted to see what all the hype was about. I purchased the Bliss Jelly Glow Peel and Bliss Ex-Glosion Eye Cream at Target for $9.99 and $17.99. I really like the Jelly Glow Peel if your looking for a a gentle cleanser this is a girl’s dream! I’m starting to use the Glosion Eye Cream at night and so far I haven’t seen any noticeable results but it is a nice gentle cream as well.

Drum roll please…last but definitely not least are my two favorite beauty products No. 7 Restore and Renew Face and Neck Multi Action Serum which can be purchased at Target for $33.99. This serum is a beauty blogger’s must have serums. It is targeted to treat both the face and neck with clinically proven results. I have been using it for about a month now and have noticeably seen results on my neck and face. I use this serum at night after I wash my face and put a dab on my neck and face with an upward motion. The price is a little on the high side but for a retinol formula it’s definitely adorable!

My second must have beauty product I can’t live with out is CeraVe Moisturizing Cream which can be purchased at Target for $10.19. I can’t say enough good things about this cream. It is dermatologist recommended and is great for dry skin. I have used this cream for a few years now and will never go back to another. It is a thick cream that is fragrance and oil free that soothes dry and irritated skin. So there you have it friends now go do some spring cleaning!!

-“Keep Calm Spring Is Coming!”

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


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!


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!


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




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


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!


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?

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






It All Starts With A Great Foundation!!


In life many things start with a strong foundation. This saying is true with your makeup as well.  I have struggled for many years trying to find the right foundation for my skin type.  At one time I probably had 10 or more foundations in hopes of finding the right one. I have combination skin so I tend to get oily on my T-Zone and dry everywhere else. When I breakout I tend to scar easily so I’m always on the look out for a full coverage foundation that lasts all day.

Ladies, I’m here to share my foundation favorites and tips on what to look for in a great foundation! Here are a few of my top picks from high end to drug store foundations. My number pick for anyone that wants full coverage foundation that last all day would be “Kat Von D Lock-It” Foundation pictured above. My twin sis Annie recommended it to me because she absolutely loves Kat’s makeup.  I use the shade 53 in the Medium-Warm Undertone.  It gives you a flawless coverage that lasts all day.  It comes in 30 different shades so you shouldn’t have a problem finding your perfect match.  I do have to say that if you tend to have very dry skin this foundation is probably not for you.  I purchased mine at Sephora for $35 along with this great “PRO Domed Foundation” brush #78 at Sephora for $36.  This is a great brush that is worth the investment. It’s used to apply liquid foundation and gives you that flawless full coverage look.

If you’re a babe on a budget then fear no more I have some great drugstore foundations I highly recommend.  Another full coverage foundation that I absolutely love is” Revlon Colorstay” Foundation.  This can be purchased at any Walmart, Target, or local drugstore for around $7.29.  I have used this foundation for over 15 years and love that it is full coverage, shine free, semi-matte finish and does last up to 24 hours. I use the combination/oily foundation for my combo skin but it also comes in normal and dry skin as well.

The second foundation that I recommend if you don’t need full coverage and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars is “Aveda Mineral Dual Foundation.” This foundation can be applied wet or dry for light or heavy coverage. I do love mineral foundations because they tend to be a little bit lighter and are healthy for your skin. I use this mineral foundation over concealer to get a fuller coverage. Aveda products are sold in salons across the U.S. or you can get online on their website at www.aveda.com for $26.00.  The one thing I am not a fan of is the packaging.  It does not come in a compact because it’s intended to be used in salons with makeup artists with their built in palettes.

Last but definitely not least is “Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte Poreless” foundation which can be purchased at Walmart, Target or any local drugstore for around $7.99. This product gives you that natural look.  So if you don’t need alot of coverage and just want an all over even poreless look I would recommend this foundation for you.  If you go on www.maybelline.com you can take a short survey to find your perfect shade.  I am shade 220 in Natural Beige.  Like anything in life whether its love, your home or your makeup it all starts with a great foundation!

-“May Your Day Be Flawless As Your Makeup” – Unknown







































































































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

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!”

“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



Spring Beauty Must Haves

Bath & Body Works Super Soft Body Butter in “Moonlight Path.”

Defy and Inspire 2 makes 3 duo nail kit.” Bachelor Nation” and “It’s Nothing Personal” shades.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose.


Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, so why not revitalize your spring beauty routine and look! I have found some fabulous beauty products that are a definite must have for this spring and most importantly affordable. I’m a big believer in freshening up your look each season.  Whether it’s a new shade in nail polish or lipstick or just splurging on one great statement piece. A neutral shade handbag that will go with anything is a fresh update. I found three great products recently I would love to share with you all.

First, I absolutely love the Bath & Body Works “Super Soft Body Butter” in Moonlight Path. It is so luxurious and feels like butter no pun intended lol. In the morning I apply to my legs and arms and it keeps me moisturized all day long. Oh and the scent is so heavenly! It can be purchased at any Bath & Body Works for $16.50.

Secondly,  I was browsing the beauty section at Target the other day and spotted this new nail product…don’t judge me it’s an addiction! The “Defy and Inspire” 2 makes 3 nail kit. Target has launched their very own nail line with some quirky shade names such as “Bachelor Nation” and “It’s Nothing Personal.” This 2 makes 3 kit comes with two shades and when you add the shades together you get a whole new look. I tried these shades on my toes and was pleasantly surprised that the two shades did achieve a third nail look. This kit can be purchased at any Target for $5.49.

Thirdly, I saved the best for last!  The “Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose.”  I adore this product, it is a lip moisturizer with a little color.  I tend to wear it under my lipstick or on weekends when I don’t feel like wearing a heavy shade. I received this as a gift from my mom who learned that the princess to be Meghan Markle has this as part of her beauty routine. I believe she likes the shade “Candy!” If it’s good enough for a princess its good enough for me! It can be purchased at Sephora for $24.00.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”- Robin Williams








Origins 3 piece Energizer Mini’s Giveaway Prize Value of $30.00!


Beyond The Makeup Brush wants you to start this year right! I love the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream. I use this every morning before I put my makeup on to depuff and brighten my eyes. This cute sampler comes with Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, the Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream I mentioned above, and High-Potency Night -A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream. Subscribe to our blog Beyondthemakeupbrush.com by entering your name and email address or like our page and tag three friends. The winner will be drawn randomly on Sunday February 4th at 5pm CST. Winner will be notified by email or messenger. Happy 2018 from Beyond The Makeup Brush!

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”~ Coco Chanel

Everyone needs a little “Soap and Glory.”

The newest bath and body product to hit the US is the British beauty brand “Soap and Glory.”I found this gem of a product when I was browsing the cosmetic area at my local Walgreens. It was founded by Marcia Kilgore in 2006 who wanted a skin care line that rivaled the expensive lines but was affordable.

“Soap and Glory” carries everything from their “Sexy Mother Pucker” lip gloss to their bath and body products “The Righteous Butter” body lotion and “Clean on Me” shower gel. Gotta love the catchy titles! These are very affordable from $8 for one product to $25 for their gift sets.  Products can be purchased on Amazon, at Target or your local drugstore. If you’re looking for an inexpensive fun holiday gift or stocking stuffer these would make great gifts!

I myself purchased the “Righteous Butter” body lotion and “Clean on Me” shower gel. I absolutely love them. It’s very comparable to Bath and Body works but has a citrus scent and very luxurious texture. These products keep me moisturized all day.

What’s wrong with a little “Soap and Glory” in your life?


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“Soap and Glory Righteous Butter Body Lotion and Clean on Me Shower Gel.”