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Forget About Flowers And Candy This Valentine’s Day Get “Preloved!”

My twin sis Annie, who is also a contributor on Beyond The Makeup Brush, discovered this brand of clothing and accessories called PrelovedTheir motto is “Saving The Planet One Sweater At A Time.”  Preloved was founded in Canada, by Julia Grieve in 1995.  Their team carefully creates vintage articles of clothing and fabrics to introduce unique pieces.  Many celebrities – such as Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Hilary Duff and Kate Hudson are fans of this one of a kind clothing brand.

I am modeling the “Angele” mitts, in grey (above), currently on sale for $24.00. They come in a variety of different colors and styles. Check out the link for more information at Preloved. In the second pic I am wearing the “Peek a Boo” top in grey with lace detail added at the bottom, and on the pocket of the top. This looks great with a pair of leggings, leather skirt or jeans. The sizes tend to run a little large. This style comes in a variety of colors.  Preloved is having a sale, so I would check them out right now! Tell your honey, or treat yourself to some Preloved this Valentine’s Day!

– “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What Woman Doesn’t Like Jewels!

Jewel tones are all the rage in 2018. Whether it’s on your nails or a smokey eye don’t dare leave home without your jewels! My friend Jade at Stem Hair and Body Salon created this look above with the “Jewels” eye shadow palette from “Cover Girl.” I purchased this affordable palette at Walmart for around $9.98 a few weeks ago. This look is definitely more for a night on the town verses a day time look but you can use some of the subtle colors for an everyday look. I have listed the steps below to achieve this same look:


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1.Start with purple on outer crease for transition color.
2. Outer crease just below the purple apply black to deepen the outer corners.
3. Use the green on inner lids and blend it out towards the black and purple.
4. Apply black in outer corner again to deepen the look back up.
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5. Add lashes and mascara if desired for final look.

“Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung .”- William Morris





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 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

Celebrate the New Year with your own Lash Party!

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Sephora Favorites Lash Party

My friends I was not blessed with beautiful lashes. I have probably tried every mascara out there known to man. I’ve spent tons of money trying different ones that promise volume, length, thickness, and luxurious lashes. Does this sound familiar? One of my favorite gifts this holiday season is the “Sephora Favorites Lash Party” sampler my mom gave me.  You can purchase this sampler box at Sephora for $27 which consists of five deluxe sizes and one full size mascara.

Each day I tried a different mascara for a week. They are all great products , but there was one that was my tried and true favorite. If you are looking for a mascara that gives you some volume I would recommend “Make Up Forever Excessive.” I have sparse lashes so they made them look a little thicker with this mascara. If you are in need of a lengthening mascara I would recommend “Urban Decay’s Troublemaker,” it gives you some great length with just two coats! My ultimate pick was …drumroll please…”Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume” mascara . I  love this mascara it gave my lashes volume and length. I only had to use two coats and I was out the door, ready to take on the world!

-“Eyes without lashes are like cake without frosting!” -Unknown







Fifty Shades of Green!


Fifty Shades of Green?  This winter it’s all about emerald, army and forest greens to add that pop of color to your nails this season! Above my nail tech Jade Brown from Stem Hair and Body Salon used CND Shellac in Indigo first as the base color than used CND Shellac in an Emerald shade as top coat to achieve this look.  If you are on a tight budget you can create this look yourself. There are many colors online or available at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart to achieve these nails. Below I have listed some affordable brands and colors that can warm up your hands this winter season!

Cover Girl in “Constant Caribbean”  Essie in “Naughty Nautical” Sally Hansen in “Jade.”



HO HO Holiday Nails!

Looking for an affordable added accessory for this years family or company holiday party? No need to stress, one affordable way you can get the glitz and glamour of the holiday spirit is with the latest holiday nail colors and designs.

This winter its all about deep reds, moody blues and forest green nail colors. Whether its gel, dipped powder, or do it yourself its an added accessory we all can afford! I like to treat myself every month with a gel manicure from my girl Jade at Stem Hair and Body. The look below she used OPI “Bogota Blackberry”for the deep red color, OPI “Ornament To Be Together” for the glitter nail and CND “Cream Puff” for the white base with “Bogota Blackberry” and “Ornament To Be Together” to complete the polka dots.

OPI Gel collection in Bogota Blackberry, Ornament To Be Together and CND Cream Puff.



The next look is achieved with a painted nail art technique. Kerry is wearing OPI Gel in “Arctic Snow” for base and glitter gel colors in green, orange, and gold.  OPI gel nail colors in green, yellow, and red were applied to complete the Christmas tree. This look was created  by Susan at Soho Nails and Spa LLC in Gladstone, MO.

OPI “Arctic Snow” gel base. Glitter Gels in green, orange, and gold. OPI gel colors in green, yellow, and red for the tree.




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.”

Alpine Plum is here!

Winter’s not quite here yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t glam yourself up with the newest winter nail collection from CND! I’m typically drawn to neutral shades but like a subtle glam of color once in awhile. The newest CND Shellac color I am wearing is “Alpine Plum.” I wanted a shade that could go with everything and still have a little pop! This color can be found at most salons or beauty supply stores. I had mine done at Stem Hair and Body by Jade Brown.



“The New Java Craze” by Annie

In most American cities you can find a coffee shop pretty much on every corner.Kansas City has so many great java joints to choose from. Whether you are looking for your hole in the wall café that serves locally brewed coffee or your large national chain, there is something for everyone.

So on a crisp, cool fall morning I decided to check out a local well-known roaster.  I headed downtown to The Roasterie in Kansas City, Missouri. The Roasterie not only roasts and brews their own coffee; they also give tours of their facility including a sample of their brew on some weekdays and weekends.

If you are in Kansas City, the Roasterie tour is a must. The tour is free and consists of a 45 minute jaunt of the facility. In just 45 minutes I was immersed not only in the aroma of their signature blend, but in the technique of their cupping, roasting and blending process.

The Roasterie has one of the friendliest staff that I have come across in a long time. Their signature blends are available to purchase a long with other products a coffee junkie must have. The 27th street location tends to be the one that I frequent. The atmosphere is relaxed and very welcoming.

As I finished the tour and took in the aroma that surrounded me, I noticed a new item on the menu. I decided to try one of their specialties’, iced coffee soda. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, fizzy coffee…so unusual! After a few sips and a teaspoon of honey added I decided this was a nice surprise for my taste buds. Coffee soda may not be for everyone, but it was  such a refreshing change.

Fellow Espressionist, check your fall calendars and pick a day to take the Roasterie tour and try a coffee soda. I promise you will want to keep coming back. Check out the Roasterie’s site for more information: Cheers!



Variety of Blends offered at the Roasterie.