shaunalee24  asked:

Hi there I'm new to your blog but taking notes and planning a haul! I have 2 questions for you, first where can I find Elf brand in the US and second can you recommend a brush starter kit? Thank you and keep up the good work! Shaunalee24

Hello Shauna!  Thanks, I’m really glad you’re enjoying my site and are finding cool products!!  That’s what it’s all about :)

For your first question - you can find ELF products (mostly the Studio line) at Kmart and Target stores.  You can also find some products at certain Walmarts or Dollar Trees!  A lot of it is hit or miss, sometimes I discover a couple ELF items at random stores.  The best place to get ELF is online however - they will often have huge sales, like free shipping or 50% off.  Right now they are offering a huge makeup set for only $2.50 additionally to any $25 order!  The ELF site is here.

Your second question - makeup brush kits for beginners!  When you’re just starting out, you should get an even mix of both eye and face brushes.  Generally my recommended kit would contain:

  • Powder brush
  • Blush/bronzer brush
  • Foundation brush (flat, stippling, buffing, whichever you like)
  • Flat eyeshadow shader brush
  • Fluffy eyeshadow blending brush
  • Small eyeshadow pencil brush
  • Angled eyeliner brush

(For information about brushes.. what they look like and how they work.. click here!)

ELF is a great starter brand for brushes, as they carry brushes from $1-$6ish, and the $3 Studio line is really great.  You can get individual brushes or a whole beginner’s set online!

ELF 11pc Studio Set - $20

Other great brands/sets:

Real Techniques (Core Collection shown) - found at Ulta & Walmart

BH Cosmetics 12pc Brush Set - Pink & Purple sets on sale for $15 right now!

EcoTools sets - found at most drugstores and grocery stores

More good brands include NYX, Revlon, Coastal Scents, Sedona Lace, Sigma, Crown Brush, and the Forever 21 brand.  When starting out you don’t need to make the investment in “designer” brushes, like those from MAC, and chances are once you do start splurging on brushes you’ll still find yourself reaching for your old cheapies!


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