My Favorite Morphe Brushes

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m really excited to be writing this post because I am a die hard Morphe lover. Their products are great quality and they are super affordable. I think it’s an amazing brand and they just continue to get better. If I had to choose one thing I love the most, it’s their brushes.

I will list out my favorites for you in the order that I use them, and if you click on the name of the brush, it will take you directly to the Morphe site. When I purchase from Morphe, I always use Jaclyn Hill’s discount code (JACATTACK) at check out. She is my favorite Beauty YouTuber who does amazing makeup tutorials. This code will get you 10% off.

FACE:

**Listed in order of the picture above.

M439 (foundation): This is the best foundation brush I’ve ever used. When I’m being lazy and don’t want to use my Beauty Blender, I use this to buff out my foundation. It makes your skin look flawless with barely any work. This brush is also perfect for stick foundation. I prefer to use a brush for stick foundation rather than a Beauty Blender.

Pointed Contour (concealer): This specific brush is part of a 6 piece set and isn’t sold individually, but I will link a similar one here that I have heard is great. I use this type of brush for my concealer (again, when I’m too lazy to use the Beauty Blender). I love the shape of it because it fits perfectly underneath the eye and blends out concealer flawlessly.

E20 (to buff concealer): I use this brush to buff out and perfect my concealer before I set it. My concealer tends to settle in my laugh lines beneath my eyes, so this brush is great to buff that out because of it’s small size and tapered shape. Foundation also has a tendency to settle in the creases around my nose, so I use this brush to smooth that area out as well. Getting this brush might be a little “extra” for some people, but it’s a necessity for me.

E3 (to set concealer): Setting concealer is a MUST. For me, it doesn’t matter if I’m using the best concealer on the planet, it will still crease and settle into the lines under my eyes. This is true for most people. I use this brush to set my concealer with translucent powder. I really love the pointed shape and it’s sooo soft.

E41 (powder): This is one of my newer Morphe brushes and I’m obsessed! Since the foundations I usually wear are pretty dewy, I almost always set my cheek area with a light powder so that my bronzer blends smoothly on top. This brush would be perfect for those of you that set your whole face with powder or just want to throw on powder foundation very quickly. It’s so big and fluffy, so you can set your whole face in a few seconds.

M527 (bronzer): This brush is the best bronzing brush! It blends perfectly and provides a really natural finish. It’s really easy to use because it’s big and fluffy, but it also has a tapered shape, so it fits perfectly in the areas where your bronzer should go (on your cheekbones, and around the edges of your face.

E4 (blush): This is technically a contour brush, but I use this for blush because of how it fits on the apples of your cheeks. It also distributes the perfect wash of color because of how soft the bristles are.

M510 (highlight): The the most amazing highlighting brush! It has longer bristles and is slightly pointed, so it applies a precise highlight to the cheeks so easily.

 

EYES: 

**Listed in order of the picture above.

Mini Angled Buffer (eye primer): I use this brush to apply eye primer to my eyelids before I put on eye shadow. Eye primer is a must so that your shadow doesn’t crease and it lasts all day. I prefer to use a brush for this because if you use your fingers, the oils in your skin will mix with the primer, making it counterproductive. This brush is also sold in a 6 piece set, however I will link a similar one here.

E21 (to set eye primer): Just as you would your concealer, you should always set your eye shadow primer with a translucent powder or bone colored shadow. Setting the primer will allow your shadows to blend more easily. If you don’t set your primer, the shadows could apply very patchy and not blend well. I love this brush for that because the shape fits perfectly on your eye lid so it’s super easy to use.

G14 (eye shadow – lid): This brush is great for packing shadow onto your lid. If I use a shimmery shadow, I will dampen the brush first and then apply the color. This will intensify the color of the shadow.

M441 (eye shadow – high crease): I use this brush to sweep the transition color all over the crease, including the high crease (the space from the crease up to where your brow bone begins). This brush is nice and fluffy, so it’s perfect for applying that first transition shade.

M433 (eye shadow – low crease): This brush is awesome for blending shadow into the crease and the low crease (right below the brow bone). It’s a smaller brush compared to the M441, so with this one, you’ll want to keep it in the low crease and not go very high.

R37 (eye shadow – deep crease): This brush is similar to the M441 in size, except this one is pointed. I love the point on this brush because it allows you to blend shadows into the deep crease of your eye.

M506 (eye shadow – deep crease or outer V): I loooove this brush. I use this for packing deeper shades onto the outer V of my eye or blending out the shadow in the deep crease. I have small eyes and not a ton of lid space, so this brush is essential for people with hooded/small eyes.

E18 (lower lash line): When I do my makeup, it’s a must for me to blend shadow on my lower lash line. It really makes your eyes pop and just gives your face life. It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes. It’s one of my favorite parts of putting on my makeup! This brush is perfect for it.

E36 (inner corner highlight): I use this brush to highlight the inner corner of my eyes, and I also use it when I add highlight to my brow bone (which is 90% of the time). This is a great precision brush!

I hope this post was helpful for those of you who need really good brushes but aren’t sure what to buy. If you have a question about any of them or about any other types of brushes I recommend, just leave me a comment! Again, if you want to purchase any of these brushes, you can use code JACATTACK to get 10% off!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great Monday!

xoxo Kristle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Cheers to another Friday! Today I made this awesome dairy-free pudding that I just had to share with you guys. I know it sounds questionable as a dessert, being that it has avocado in it, but I promise you it’s really good! And it’s super easy to make. Finding desserts that are dairy-free are very few and far between, so I’m happy that this one satisfies my sweet tooth and it’s still really healthy.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 large avocados (soft and ripe)
  • 7 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (you can add a little more if you want it to have more chocolate flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and that’s it!!

Thanks for visiting and I hope y’all have a great weekend!

xoxo Kristle

Beauty Tip Tuesday: Bronzed, Glowy Skin

Happy Tuesday morning, friends! For today’s Beauty Tip Tuesday, I’m going to be sharing my top 6 tips on how to get that bronzed, glowy skin…..the “JLo Glow” as some people would call it haha. The products linked at the end of this post are my absolute favorite products to achieve this dewy look. It’s simple and great for summer, but I honestly create it all year long, even in the winter, because I love it so much.

Tip 1: Use a non-mattifying primer. The Too Faced Hangover Rx is my favorite hydrating primer, and it smells like coconuts! I have found that it keeps my skin super hydrated and it makes my makeup last all day. Avoid the thicker primers that mattify the skin.

Tip 2: Apply an illuminating face base to your skin right before you apply foundation. This will provide a subtle glow underneath your foundation that will peek through and create a natural radiance to your skin. My favorite is the MAC Strobe Cream (in shade Goldlite). I also wear this alone on my face when I’m not wearing makeup and it just makes my skin look youthful and healthy.

Tip 3: Use a dewy, liquid foundation. I looove the Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation because it has a very radiant finish and it looks like your skin, but better. You will want to avoid any foundation that has a matte finish, because that will prevent the glow that you’re looking for. Also, I wouldn’t recommend using powder or powder foundation, because that will also create a matte finish. Other dewy foundations that I love are Loreal Pro-Glow or Loreal True Match Lumi.

Tip 4: Mix enhancer drops or liquid highlighter in with your foundation. I usually use 1-2 drops of the Cover Fx Enhancer Drops (in shade Sunlight) because they provide the perfect glow! And with this product, you really only need to add one drop to your foundation. A little goes a long way. Sometimes I will also use this to highlight my cheekbones.

Tip 5: Use a cream bronzer, then set with pressed bronzer. Any kind of cream or liquid products are automatically going to provide more glow to your skin and make your makeup look more natural. I know some people are intimidated by cream products like bronzer and blush, but the Chanel bronzer linked below is soooo easy to use. I just use an angled synthetic blush brush, swirl it around in the product, and apply it to the areas where I would normally use bronzer (cheekbones, forehead, nose, jawline). This product really does a lot of the work for you because it blends like a dream. After I apply this, I set it with a pressed bronzer, like NARS Laguna, for some extra bronze color.

Tip 6: Highlight, highlight, and more highlight. For me, this is the key in making your skin glow. My favorite highlighters are from Becca, because they are really creamy and a little goes a LONG way. I go back and forth between my two favorite shades, Champagne Pop and Opal. Add highlighter to the highest points of your cheeks, down the center of your nose, and on your forehead above your brows. I also add highlight to my tear duct, brow bone, and on my eyelids as eye shadow. Adding it to these additional areas really makes all the difference for me.

I hope these tips helped! All of the products are linked below. Thanks for visiting!

xoxo Kristle

 

DIY: At-Home Facial

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! Today I will be going over how to give yourself a facial right in the comfort of your own home! Since I’ve been out of town this last week, I decided to give myself a facial the day after I got home. Traveling can really dehydrate your skin and make you break out, especially if you’ve been on a plane with all of the germs and who knows what flying around in the air. Your skin gets used to the climate you’re in on a daily basis, so taking it out of it’s comfort zone can really have a bad affect on it. That’s why I always give myself a deep cleansing facial after I’ve been traveling. It helps my skin to get back to normal and it prevents break outs!

Professional facials can also be very expensive. I love to get them as often as I can, but since I’ve been doing these steps myself, I haven’t felt the need to go as often. I usually try and do this at least once a month.

***All of the products I use are linked at the very bottom of this post, except for my favorite toner, which I will link here.

Step 1: Cleanse

You’ll want to start off by removing any makeup you have on, then cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser. My favorite is shown in the pic above. When I cleanse my skin, I always go in with the Clarisonic because it gives a much deeper clean than your fingers can give. If you don’t have one, that’s okay! Just cleanse your skin with your fingers, as normal.

Step 2: Exfoliate

After you’ve cleansed your skin, you will want to exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin cells. I love this one from Aveda because it’s gentle and your skin feels sooo soft after.

Step 3: Steam

This is my favorite step of a facial! It not only feels amazing, but it opens up your pores and cleanses your skin of bacteria and dirt that is hiding deep in your pores. If you don’t have a steamer, you can just soak a face towel in really hot water and press that over your face a few times. However, if you can invest in one, you won’t regret it!

Step 4: Mask

After your skin is super squeaky clean, you’ll want to use a mask of your choice. My favorite is the Supermud Clearing Treatment by GlamGlow. I find that this mask really pulls out all of the impurities in my skin and keeps it free of blemishes. I would also recommend using a small foundation brush to apply the mask. It really helps to spread the product evenly across your face, and you won’t waste as much product.

Step 5: Tone

After you have rinsed your mask off and dried your face with a clean towel, spray a toner all over your face and let it sink into your skin. I can’t live without my Eau Roma Water from Lush. It keeps my skin hydrated and it’s so refreshing!

Step 6: Moisturize

You’re almost done! After you tone your skin, moisturize with your favorite eye cream and moisturizer. I would also recommend using a face oil after your moisturizer as your final step. Face oils reduce wrinkles, shrink pores, moisturize, and protect your skin. I currently use the Josie Maran Argan Oil, which I love, but after this bottle is done, I will probably venture out and try some others. Suggestions are welcomed!

Well guys, that’s it. I know this seems like a lot of steps and a lot of products….but that’s because it is! Yes, it’s a longer process, but an at-home facial is something you should enjoy doing for yourself. I love staying home on a Friday or Saturday night and doing this for myself. It’s super relaxing and really helps to relieve stress. Plus, it’s really great for your skin and in my opinion, is absolutely necessary if you want clear, radiant skin.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend!

xoxo Kristle

Fourth of July Weekend – Brazoria, TX

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Jacob and I went to visit his family in Brazoria, TX. It’s a small town about 4 hours away, outside of Houston. We always have a blast going there because they have a lot of space where we play volleyball, corn hole, horse shoes, throw the football around, make fires (when it’s cold), and pop fireworks. During the summer time, his cousins will rent a really big waterslide, or like this year, an adult slip-n-slide. On Friday, we also helped build an above-ground pool, so we got to enjoy that for a bit while we were there. I feel so grateful for his family because every time we go, they welcome us and our friends with open arms, and they work so hard to make sure we have a great time. Since we usually have at least 10 people there, we’ll just turn their living room into a huge bed with air mattresses, pillows, and blankets and have a big slumber party. It’s such a great time!

Normally while we’re there, we don’t take many pictures, but I was able to snap a few this weekend. It was HOT and super sticky, especially since they live closer to the coast, but we lived! I can’t wait to go back in the fall. Today, we’re just recovering and trying to rest up, we have another busy weekend ahead!

xoxo Kristle