Another month, another Morphe Me brush set! July’s Morphe Me Brush Set is nautical themed and features 4 brushes.

I actually opted out of this month’s Morphe package, as it contains brushes with real animal hair. I am now trying to avoid animal hair and stick to synthetic for ethical, cruelty-free reasons. I don’t know if Morphe didn’t get the memo, as they sent this package to me anyway – despite me opting out and not being charged for it. Oh well! Guess that means another review for you guys! I will be giving away the brushes with animal hair to friends or family who need them.

Brush Breakdown:

  • M492 – Duo Foundation (synthetic and sable bristles) – this flat brush has duo fibre bristles and a rounded edge. It’s fluffy enough that it works great for blending liquid products while still allowing you to be precise. A brush like this works great with foundation if you’re wanting to apply a thin or light layer. I love using a brush like this for foundation because it allows you to apply a small amount in a light layer without looking heavy or cakey. This is similar in shape to the G19 that came in January’s brush package. 

 

  • M166 ‑ Oval Shadow (sable bristles)–  this brush is similar in shape to the Mac 217, or other very popular eyeshadow brushes. The M166 however, is flat rather than fluffy. A brush like this is ideal for packing colour onto the lids, as its flat surface picks up eyeshadow and deposits it onto the skin. The Mac 217 in comparison, is fluffier and designed for blending product rather than depositing it. I wouldn’t recommend trying to blend eyeshadow with the M166 – it’s simply too flat to be effective for blending! 

  • M579 ‑ Pro Flat Contour (goat bristles) – this brush has a wide, straight-edge tip and is ideal for using with powder products. Natural hair bristles absorb liquid and cream products, which is why it’s much better to use with powder. A shape like this is a must-have for any contour lovers, as it allows you to easily sculpt out and define your cheekbones. However, I feel like Morphe has included quite a few brushes like this in previous months and I definitely don’t need another. It’s similarin shape to the Y12 from June’s package, and nearly identical to the R8 brush. 

Morphe M57 (left) and R8 (right)

  • M536 Under Eye Bullet (synthetic bristles)– this is a rounded, tapered blending brush that is perfect for under the eye. It can be used for liquid, cream, or powder products, but I personally think it’s perfect for setting your under eye concealer with powder. This has become my new favourite! I dip this brush into some loose powder (like this one, or this one!

July’s package has some great brushes, but it wasn’t my personal favourite – mostly because 3 of them are made of animal hair. If you like some but not others, Morphe now gives you the option to swap certain brushes before you receive them!

If you’re wanting to expand your brush collection, you get a free brush (or points you can redeem for other fun products) if you join through my link here!

 

Check out my previous posts:

June 2018 On Instagram

Must-Have Blogging Courses

Easy Glam Tutorial

Hello, July!

Can you believe that we’re already over halfway through 2018?!

My June was full of creative energy, working on creating new wallpapers, and planning new projects.

Here’s a recap of my month on Instagram: 

 

You can find me here, or as @raincoatesbeauty on the app!

 

 

Did you miss any of my June posts? 

Don’t forget to download this month’s free wallpaper for phone, tablet or computer!

You can get them with or without the calendar:

Click here to check them out! 

 

I got to do my best friend’s makeup for her University graduation, and she let me film it! We did a trial run to test out the look she wanted. It’s a SUPER easy  glam look, with a matte eye, some winged liner, and a berry coloured lip.

As an easy glam look, it’s simple enough that anyone can do it! It’s great for beginners and can be customized in a million different ways. For example, adding a shimmery or sparkly eyeshadow instead of the matte will instantly make it more glamorous. Deepening the crease colour of the eyeshadow will make it more dramatic or smokey, and pairing it with a nude or red lip will change up the look!

Join us to see how we created this look, and for embarrassing stories of my adolescence!

 

 

Products used:

 

Check out my previous posts:

Free Downloadable July Wallpapers

Self-Hosting Vs. Free Hosting – Which Is Better For You?

Makeup Declutter – Eye Makeup I’m Throwing Out

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who downloaded my June wallpapers! Taking on a new creative project is always a bit scary, and I really didn’t know what to expect. I figured it would maybe get a few downloads, but it got over 200 downloads! It truly fills me with joy to see you enjoying my wallpapers!

I recently purchased a graphic art tablet, so that means plenty more wallpapers and designs to come!

As promised, I’m going to be creating and sharing FREE downloadable wallpapers every month.

July’s wallpaper theme is a simple, pretty and somewhat tropical (I’m all about the tropical theme lately, in case you couldn’t tell.) I was inspired by pastel colours and the pineapple/succulent trend that is so popular at the moment.

Don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for more wallpapers!

 

 

Once again I included options for with a calendar or without. I personally like being able to easily see the month at a glance from my lock screen or home screen.

You can download them for free by clicking on the links below!

These are .jpeg images that you can save right to your phone or computer! You can then set these as your background images for your desktop, screensaver, home screen, or lock screen as you would with any other image! 

For Phone/Tablet:

With Calendar:  July-Phone-Calendar-Wallpaper.jpg

Without Calendar:  July-Phone-Wallpaper-Rain-Coates-Beauty.jpg

For Computer:

With Calendar:  July-Desktop-Calendar-Wallpaper.jpg

Without Calendar:  July-Desktop-Wallpaper.jpg

 

 

I hope you enjoy this month’s designs! The images can also be sized into different dimensions if required. Feel free to contact me if the dimensions don’t fit your device! Let me know what designs you’d like to see next!

 

Check out my previous posts: 

Self-Hosting Vs. Free Hosting Your Blog

Makeup Declutter – Eye Makeup I’m Throwing Out!

One of my goals for 2018 was to re-commit to my blog and content creation; to get re-acquainted with that I fell in love with about blogging in the first place. While I definitely found my spark again, I found myself experiencing a bit of a disconnect; because the vision of what I wanted my blog to look like just didn’t match up with what I was capable of setting up myself. Self-hosting was something I had heard of but really knew nothing about. To be honest, I found the whole thing confusing and intimidating.

I knew I needed a change, but I had no clue where to begin. I’ve contemplated switching to a self-hosted blog since first starting my blog, but again, had no clue where to begin that seemingly overwhelming task. Now, I would consider myself pretty competent with technology and setting up a blog, designing images, etc – but when it comes to coding, creating themes, and the inner workings of web design or set-up, my brain shuts down with a hard “NOPE.”

Free Hosting vs. Self-Hosting:

When you’re starting a blog, you typically have two options:

1) Hosting through a free website like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr, etc. where they do all the hosting and set up for you.  I think of this like renting an apartment, or living with a friend – you can call it home but you don’t own it. You are limited to what you can and can’t do, and technically can be kicked out at any time.

This is a great option for beginners and those just wanting a simple hobby-type blog, because the site you choose essentially does the work for you. You sign up, choose your theme, your name, and are ready to start blogging.

You do have options to purchase your domain and upgrade to premium packages that give you more control and freedom (such as adding custom coding/html, monetizing your site, etc). There will likely be ads from the free hosted site (for example, when using WordPress.com there will be WordPress logos and ads on your site unless you upgrade to a paid plan.) However, in order to access any of these features, you may end up having to pay quite a bit extra to upgrade.

It can also be limiting in terms of monetizing your blog. Google Adsense, for example, typically will not work with free-hosted WordPress.com blogs. While this is definitely not a deal-breaker for most, for those trying to build their blog into a business this definitely be a problem.

2) Self-hosting is having a blog that resides on your own server, usually done through a hosting account with companies like SiteGround. To self-host on WordPress (otherwise known as WordPress.org) is kind of like owning your own place – you’re buying a “home” on the internet.

You have control over your site, how it’s set up, the design, coding, and more. You are free to download plug ins, which are amazing (usually free) add-ons for all sorts of features that can help your site!

While the initial set up can seem daunting, you can find great guides on how to set up a self-hosted blog easily. Blogger 2 WP is a company that has a step-by-step guide, or they offer technicians who can do this for you for a very affordable price.

Since I originally had a free hosted blog on WordPress.com, I was scared to mess up my site by trying to switch to self-hosting on my own. I’m so happy I found Blogger 2 WP, as they were able to quickly and painlessly transfer everything over for me! I highly recommend them! Stay tuned for a full review of this coming soon! 

 

Price Comparison:

Free hosting –  will be cheaper initially as you can start a blog completely for free. However, if you’re wanting your blog to become your business with monetizing, advertising, owning your own domain name (the .com instead of wordpress.com for example) you will be very limited with free hosting.

You will have to upgrade to paid/premium packages in order to take the hosting ads off your site, access monetization, editing html, using plug-ins, etc. can cost approximately $5 per month to $25 per month.

Here’s a look at the WordPress.com plans you can upgrade to:

As you can see, the Personal plan is very limiting. Upgrading to the Business plan (which basically has all the features you can get when you self-host) will cost you approximately $276 per year.

Self-Hosting –  when self-hosting, you have 2 main expenses: your domain, and your hosting.

Purchasing your domain – this is where you purchase the site address.  You can purchase your domain for as little as $8.99 a year with iDotz.Net for example!

Hosting – There are many companies that offer web hosting – I personally use SiteGround, and absolutely recommend them.
Web Hosting

I like SiteGround because they’re fast, secure, and offer great support. Their basic plans start at as little as $3.95 per month, which is less than $5o a year.

Self-hosting can be as cheap as $58 a year – which is the equivalent of getting 6 lattes from Starbucks. Compared to the $276 a year to access the same features, it’s pretty clear which is the more financially wise decision.

So Which Is Better?

Ultimately, the decision is yours! Do your research, and see what will fit your needs the best. Blogging can be an extremely successful business – what may start as a hobby could become your full-time dream career! For this reason, I definitely recommend self-hosting your blog. I wish I had done that from the beginning!

 

Check out my previous posts:

Makeup Declutter – Makeup I’m Throwing Out!

Colorful Pride Makeup – Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette

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