what to do with cheap make-up brushes

I’ll give you a hint: it starts with gar and ends with bage.

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  1. Alma :

    Sooooo useful! I seriously applied my makeup with those brushes for at least fifteen years. Fifteen years!! This year I finally got SOOOOO tired of holding the sponge onto the plastic stick (because the glue that kept it there never lasted more than a month) that I went out and bought two makeup brushes.

    However, I still have NO IDEA how to use my new makeup brushes correctly, so I can’t wait for your vlog on that. Here is what I would like you to address:

    1) When I use a real brush (by “real brush” I mean a cheap Cover Girl brush—do I need more than that?) to apply eye shadow, I get a LOT of dust falling under my eyes. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? If I’m trying to do a dark color like for smokey eyes (which I never do… remember how Mike wanted nothing to do with me when I came home from your last makeup party?) then this creates dark shades on my cheeks when I try to wipe it away with a tissue.

    2) I bought two but use only one because I have no idea what the different brushes and shapes are for.

    Thank you!!

    • Allison :


      I think you’re not the only one in this boat Alma, which is why I posted the video in the first place.

      I’ve got loads of answers for you, all coming in the form of vlogs…

  2. Amanda :

    “These should be outlawed” Bahahaha. I’m sending this clip to my husband right now. How can he be upset about my brush purchases after watching this?!

    • Allison :

      He can’t be. It’s morally reprehensible to keep these brushes around.

  3. Heather :

    Oh man I thought you were going to cover your black eye and it would go away like magic!! Oh well!!

    • Allison :

      I’m afraid I don’t have the tools necessary. Sigh.