Morphe Brushes Haul and Review

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

After being crazy impressed with my Morphe 35O palette, I made sure to hit the Morphe site on Black Friday.  I had a list of brushes I wanted after watching some beauty guru videos and listening to their favorites.  I am severely lacking in good eyeshadow brushes, so I picked out six that I wanted and were on sale. Though even if they weren’t on sale, most brushes are between the $5-$15 dollar range, depending on the line.  It’s been about a week and a half, so I have definitely formed opinions on them that I thought I’d share.

MB13 – Deluxe Blending Fluff Brush

This one is my absolute favorite.  It’s incredibly soft and picks up the shadows so well.  I never realized just how much a brush could make a difference in application until this using this one.  Where I used to use the fluffy side of the brush that came with my Naked palettes, this one deposits color so much better.  I’d have to say this is a must-have for pretty much everyone.

M209 – Chisel Pointed Brush

This one is less soft, but still gets the job done.  It does shed, which is extremely annoying.  I sort of expected better for the Morphe reputation than brush that sheds.  I use to for more detailed work, like darker colors in the eye crease, or packing color onto the outer or inner corner.  Thankfully, using a clean, fluffy face brush, I can usually brush all the tiny hairs away that shed so but it’s still a pain in the butt.  Maybe I got a bad one, but if it didn’t shed, I’d be much happier with it.

M151 – Small Chisel Fluff Brush

Good for reach small spaces to pack color on.  Haven’t had a problem with shedding for this one, and I really like using it for inner eye highlight, and to help add color to my bottom lash line.  It’s also good for adding extra color to the crease or outer eye when you’re touching up.

M332 – Fluffy Crease Brush

Again, the shedding.  Not a fan.  But because of it’s long bristles more blunt end, it is good for targeting color.  I do like using it for my crease, and for buffing out dark colors that I want to keep closer to my lash line– like a smokey eye.

M408 – Chisel Shader Brush

This one I got primarily for depositing lower-lash line colors. I wanted something short and soft I could use to smudge out colors.  The bristles aren’t at soft as I would like for something touching the most sensitive part of my eye, but it does the job.  I also like it to apply under-brow highlight.

Though, upon looking at the website to find these links, I’m pretty sure I meant to order the M508, not M408, which is advertised as an actual smudger brush.  Whoops! Total Kelsey Move.

B11 – Angled Eyeliner Brush

Yup, got this one for gel eyeliner.  I haven’t worn much gel liner in the past few weeks, but the few times I have used it, I was happily surprised at how much easier it was to put on with a proper brush like this.  It’s easy to get a good sharp angle, and it cleans up halfway decently immediately after using it.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate letting eyeliner dry on brushes.  It’s been washed maybe 3-4 times and has held it’s shape, so I’m happy!

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

B11 • MB13 • M209 • M332 • M151 • M408

Overall, I was a tad disappointed, just because TWO out of six that I ordered shed bad enough to leave little hairs all over my face.  I don’t think I’ve lost faith in all of Morphe though, but I think I will steer clear of the Studio Line (which both of these brushes are from) from now on. Upon further inspection, not only are the bristles different, but the actual quality of the handle is different too.  I think I may have just ordered from a slightly undesirable line.

Anyone else Morphe Fans? Give me some brush recommendations! My next hunt will be for a fluffy brush great for highlighting– but not a fan brush!– and big fluffy face brush good for bronzing.  Which should I get?


Christmas Beauty Wishlist: Lorac, Becca, Hourglass, Tarte, Kiehl’s, and Nailtique

Lorac Mega PRO 2, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadows, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cocentrate, and Nailtique
In today’s “If I had a million dollars…” episode of my Christmas Wishlist, I decided to focus on beauty.
Many of these are cult favorites, so it’s absolutely shocking that I’d want them.  I’m not a trend-follower or anything (she says so sarcastically…)

1. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with the mauve-y tones of this palette, and have heard nothing but good things.  I also don’t own any Tarte products, so I think this could be a great introduction.  I can see this as being really great post-Christmas Winter colors, when I know I’ll be sick of the gold metallic shades from the holiday season.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’m just starting to finally realize the importance of adding oils into my skincare routine.  And– shocker!!– it’s really helping to clear up my acne.  So I figure why not go right to the source and get one of the OG face night oils?  The price tag seems reasonable for all the reviews claiming it to be a must-have in your skincare routine.

3. Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette

I mean, just look at the colors. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this palette, and it has a lot of shades I don’t have already.  Mama like.  Mama want.

4. Nailtiques Protein Formula 2 Plus

I’ve been having a hard time with brittle, peeling nails lately, and have heard of this being a really great find.  Then KathleenLights talked about it in her recent favorites, so I have to assume that it’ll be great.  I’ve been using Sally Hansen and Essie treatments, but they seem to get thick really quickly.  Hoping this one will hold up a little better!

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

This is my hail-mary choice.  I can’t imagine actually asking anyone I know to spend $80 on a piece of make-up for me, even if it is 6 gorgeous highlight, bronzing, blush shades.  $80 on skincare, yes (because your face is your face forever!) but make-up? No.   But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

6. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop

I don’t think I really need to explain this one.  It’s got more rave reviews than I could ever even hope to read through in my lifetime, and (I’m preeeeetty sure, and correct me if I’m wrong) it’s limited edition.  I just want my highlight to be on fleek.  Please just let me be on fleek.
Dear Santa, please check this out.  I just want to be superficial and cover my face is gorgeous things.  Talk to Mrs. Claus if you have questions, I’m sure she understands.
PS. I promise I’ve been good.  Just ignore whatever Gracie says about that, she’s a compulsive liar.  I am on the “nice” list for sure.


Fall Makeup Must-Have: Morphe 35o Palette

Saturday morning, a beautiful new baby was delivered to me: my Morphe 35o palette.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey


Hello, gorgeous.

Morphe Brushes has been on my radar for the last year, since I fell into the beauty guru Youtube black
hole.  First the brushes caught my eye for the rave reviews, then for the price, and then they started introducing these palettes, and my oh my.

Months have come and gone, and it was repeatedly sold out.  And then suddenly there it was, I grabbed it, and it was in my hands within 4 days.

First reaction?  Gorgeous, gorgeous colors. If this eyeshadow palette could be reincarnated as a man with a sense of humor in Chicago, I would marry it.  Mother issues and all.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey

For the $29.22 I spent, including shipping (and using Manny MUA’s affiliate link giving me 10% off), getting 35 different gorgeous warm shades perfect for your fall makeup looks. This palette is a great value in addition to great quality.  It’s great mix of matte, shimmer, and glitter shades that can be used for natural looks, all the way up to some super glam aesthetic as well.  If you are looking for a cheap (ish) make up palette for fall or winter, this is your winner here.

Most are super creamy and are super pigmented.  A few that I used Saturday night weren’t super pigmented—I think it may be a trend of the matte colors– but were buildable if you’re patient.  But again, for 35 colors, I’m totally fine with a little extra elbow grease.

Morphe Brushes 35o Palette - Best Fall MakeUp Palette | Candidly Kelsey

I’ve swatched a few of my favorite colors here, just to give you an idea of the creaminess of these shadows. The first is a champagne color that is gorgeous, and you can tell by the picture, it’s super shimmery, and thick.  I expected it to be kind of gritty, but it’s the exact opposite. Also these pictures are taken in natural lighting and no matter how much I moved my hand, it still looked this shimmery and gorgeous.  (I’m thinking this will be my Thanksgiving look!)

And there is a matte and a regular shimmer color for contrast.  As you can see, the formulas are great, but the matte is showing off a little thinner than the others.

My only complaint is the packaging.  It feels fragile, like I could snap it at any moment, and it would be helpful if the palette had a mirror on the giant inside cover. The shades also aren’t named so it gets kind of confusing when you try to follow tutorials for this palette.  It is a lot of “and this matte brown here…” commentary, when there are literally 15 matte browns in the entire palette, so it is kind of hard.

But, if the sacrifice of packaging helps keep the price low, I’m more than willing to work with it.

Basically, my first impression is WOW. I already feel like I need to issue a formal apology to my Naked palettes. They are going to be very neglected for the next few weeks. This palette actually makes me want to leave my apartment. THAT’S how much I love it.

Sorry, boos.  Mama’s got a new favorite child now: the Morphe 35o palette. Happy fall makeup season!


The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I am a celebrate-Christmas-the-day-after-Halloween kind of gal. November 1st usually starts peppermint mochas, cranberry candles, and Christmas Pandora.

Ho, ho, ho, bi*ches.

I know.  Based on the fact that I’ve already tweeted about watching Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at least three times this month, you probably had no idea, right?

There is just something about the feeling of Thanksgiving and Christmas that I think it’s never too early to start celebrating.  My extended family is in the habit of celebrating both around Thanksgiving while we’re all together, so Thanksgiving and Christmas may as well be one 2-month long holiday for me.  Thanksgivingmas??

And because of that, I wanted to start the season off early with a little GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

The gorgeous The Body Shop 24 Happy Days 2015 Advent Calendar is up for grabs for one very lucky friend.  I managed to grab the last one in the shop near my house this week, and I’ve been told these puppies are going fast, thanks to all the treats inside.

The goodies inside are all listed online at, but to also give you a little sneak preview, these 24 little beauties include:

Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion
Shea Body Butter
Fuji Green Tea Bodywash
Elderflower Eye Gel
Shea Shower Cream
Almond Hand & Nail Cream
Strawberry Lip Butter
Vitamin E Night Cream
Wild Argon Oil Shower Gel
Colour Crush Nail Polish
….. and more surprises that I won’t give away.
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!
I actually got a sample of each of the body butters that is inside the calendar and have been using them the past few days.  They live up to the hype, and smell gorgeous. My favorite is the cranberry; it makes me want to lick my arms.
The giveaway is open internationally (woohoo!).  Enter below, multiple times per day if you’d like.  Share this giveaway with your friends, then split the goodies if you win!  The more, the merrier!

Happy Christmas! 



Top 5 Favorite Make-Up Vloggers

Top 5 Favorite Beauty Vloggers - My go-to Youtubers for all things make-up, including inspiration and tutorials!

In the past year as I’ve gotten more and more into make-up, I’ve developed a list of every beauty vlogger that are I consider my “go-to” when I am looking for new ideas.  As someone who barely knew how to apply eyeliner a few years ago, my ever-growing obsession with beauty has come with quite a learning curve.  If it weren’t for the online world of make-up gurus, I would actually have no idea what I am doing.

Though I still feel like a make-up newbie, some of my friends have started coming to me for advice and recommendations.  It’s been awesome, and also super ego-inflating.  I’m going to need to invest in more foundation to cover up my big head now.

So basically, I’ve been spending a lot of time pulling up my favorite tutorial videos, and recommending my favorite vloggers to friends.  And I thought while I have them all assembled, why not share them here as well:

1. Jaclyn Hill – JaclynHill

She is my most recent favorite.  I love love love the way she explains things, in both her tutorial and technical videos, as well as her make-up looks where she kind of just chats through the process.  I’ve learned so much just by watching her do some of her looks, even if I don’t necessarily like to recreate them. Her personality is also great, which makes her videos fun to watch.  But for the technical stuff, she’s my ride-or-die.

2.  Nikkie – NikkieTutorials

For creativity, Nikkie is super high up in the running for my favorite beauty vlogger. Cute and bubbly personality aside, I never realized how much I watched her videos until very recently.  She was mostly someone who came up when I was cruising Youtube, but had not subscribed to until recently.  Her videos where she recreates celebrity looks are my favorite.  Unlike other make-up gurus who only use celebrity looks more as inspiration, Nikkie almost exactly recreates the look but makes it so it would look great on pretty much anyone if you want to go super bold.

3. Anna – VivannaDoesMakeup

I was a lover of Anna’s beauty blog before I really got into her Youtube channel, but she is my go-to for everyday wear.  She has her moments where she likes to get super fancy, but for the most part she seems like a down-to-earth kinda beauty gal.  She is more all-around beauty than just make-up focused, but I still come back for her all the time for recommendations for products and her laid-back style when it comes to make-up. She’s a great beauty vlogger to follow if you are more casual, which is great.

4. Lily – LilyPebbles 

Like Anna, Lily is an all-around lifestyle and beauty vlogger and for the most part doesn’t do anything too horribly fussy or intricate when it comes to make-up.  She does these monthly make-up look videos that I adore, which basically show her go-to look for the last month.  I love watching how her routine changes in real time, and the new styles she takes on.  Plus there is something comforting about watching her talk through her make-up because as an enthusiast instead of a make-up artist, she’s very real about application.

5. Tanya Burr – Tanya Burr

I’ve been watching Tanya for awhile, and really love the looks she creates.  She’s not so great at the technical teaching (at least in my opinion) but creates really gorgeous looks that are easy to replicate and wear everyday.  Some are more glam than others, but if you like her style of how she does her make-up, you’ll like the looks she creates.

And there are my go-to for beauty vloggers! I watch a lot more, but those are the few that I seem to keep coming back to over and over.  If you have any other favorites that I should check out, please let me know in the comments.  Binge-watching make-up videos is one of my favorite past-times.