In the makeup industry it can cost a fortune to purchase the tools you need to accomplish a great look. Not only do you have to buy the makeup itself, you also have to purchase the makeup tools like: brushes, to apply the makeup onto your face. Can you see where it starts adding up? Well, I have been into the beauty world for a really long time. I feel confident to say, “I am no beginner.” I can remember back in the day when the brushes that came with the eyeshadow singles, or palettes were great to use. As time went on, I was introduced to better tools like those of MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Sephora. I was hooked immediately, but that was okay – I had a job at the time that allowed me the budget for these things. I was working at a financial firm making pretty good money for a 18 year old. Then, quickly after that, I started shooting weddings for a well known photographer in the city. I learned a lot and decided to branch off on my own. Twelve years later here I am. The wedding industry is a billion dollar enterprise. There is money to be made in case you’re considering a career. Go for it! I had other plans for myself though, even though I was making really great money, and was part of a big social circle – I still felt unfulfilled. That’s what lead me to beauty blogging & my small business (check that out here). I love it!!
Now, I am a wife, a mom, I play the role of CEO of our home life, and also manage my blog & business. If you are any of these roles in life then you should keep reading. In life it is a good idea to set a realistic budge. Key word being, “realistic.” Budgets are great for any income level. It doesn’t matter if you earn $600k or $24K a year. A budget is what keeps you from overspending, sane in the membrane, and most importantly keeps you married. After Todd and I figured out a manageable budget for the family – I quickly started looking to other beauty brands that were budget friendly. No one should be embarrassed about living by a budget, in fact, if you don’t I feel for you. Any who, one brand that is amazing but doesn’t get enough love is Eyes Lips Face – E.L.F. I’ve tried some makeup from this brand, but what really caught my attention was their brushes. They are affordable, great quality for the price, and have a chic design. You can find them at Target, Wal-Mart, and most CVS stores.
Another brand that I do hear a lot about, and is rarely stocked at Target (prob because it is so good) is Sonia Kashuk. Their line of brushes are really good too! They are a little more pricey than ELF, selling in the range $4-$20 depending on the brush. My favorites are: Sonia Kashuk Fluffy Eye Shadow Brush #112 here; and Sonia Kashuk Pointed Blending Brush #109 here. My favorites from ELF are: Eye Shadow Brush here; Blending Eye Brush here; Eyeshadow “C” Brush here. When on a tight budget or no budget at all – I highly recommend these tools. I am just so surprised that they are so inexpensive, ya know? What are your favorite brushes for applying your makeup? Have you tried any of my favorites?