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My Latest Makeup Obsessions

Do soft pink MAC lipsticks and shimmery golden shadows make you weak in the knees?

It’s okay, you can admit it. You’re in the presence of a fellow beauty geek. Welcome.


I’m a boudoir photographer. It’s no secret I love all things feminine. Makeup has been responsible for making my heart race since I was a toddler and could get into my mom’s makeup stash. Finding new makeup companies is like opening presents on Christmas morning (forget the diamonds-just give me makeup and camera gear). And now that we have Instagram, I can search for new makeup brands and bloggers until my eyes cross and my vision goes blurry.

One of my lovely friends let me in on a little secret. There is a company called Coastal Scents that has makeup brushes for a few dollars and they were better than the expensive Bobby Brown brushes she had used previously. So immediately, my heart-rate goes up as blood rushes to my face at the excitement of a new find. But wait-it’s cheap so something has to be wrong with it, right?? Why else did I shell out $24 for a kabuki brush from Sigma?! I do adore this brush, but let’s get on to the good stuff…

Intrigued, I hopped on the Coastal Scents site as soon as I had a free minute to check out these brushes. But there were so many. My mind was overwhelmed and I almost shut down (ever heard the quote “a confused mind says no”? Well it’s true). So I reasoned with myself. I love makeup. I will never be without makeup. It makes me happy. And I think the 22 Piece Brush Set would make me happy. It has a little bit of everything and was on sale for $34.95. Done.

But then I saw the eyeshadow palettes, and I had been dying to get my hands on one of those. My coveted Jaclyn Hill’s Favorites Palette from Morphe was sold out, and I was having a little pity party in my head. And there it was-the 120 Palette with beautiful warm tones in a combination of shimmery, satin and matte. For $19.95. Again, red flag goes up and I think, “these shadows have got to be crap”. But for that cheap, I figured I’d try it out.

You’re probably wondering what I thought of the products…


These brushes are pretty amazing for the price! Great for blending shadows! I still prefer my Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush for my foundation, but overall I’m super impressed with these. And the carrying case is perfect for storage and traveling.



The shadows were actually better than I expected. The medium-dark shades are super pigmented and only have slight fall-out. The very light shades take some layering to really see the color, but at this price point I expected it. The colors blend together seamlessly and it was definitely worth the price! I’m really loving the pinks at the moment!


In case you missed the links earlier, here they are for you:

22 Piece Brush Set

120 Palette in Warm

On January 1st, 2016 I’m going to draw the names of all of my clients from 2015 and one lucky lady will win both of these items!

Didn’t have a photoshoot with me this year? No problem! I have two spots left for Decemeber but these will go quick. Email for more information on my sessions and to schedule your free consultation.

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