Below is a list of tools and resources that I personally love and use frequently. These are things that I use both on the web and in person.
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For everything crafts, my go-to store is Michaels. Sometimes walking in there is a good and bad thing: good because I get what I need. Bad because I always always end up spending too much time and money than I plan to!
For cross stitch, I use DMC thread. Check the Yarn section at Michaels and you’re bound to see a whole bunch of these. DMC threads come in all sorts of colours and shades, including metallics. Personally I’ve built up my collection and I use a small storage box (like this one) to hold mine.
One of my favourite eyeshadow palettes is Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette. This was one of my first big makeup purchases and I don’t regret it. The colours are versatile and compliment each other well. You can use them for a day-to-day look or for a night out. The colour payoff is great, and they are long lasting.
Brushes are something that I’ve been slowly adding to my collection. I really like the ones by ELF Cosmetics. I go to my local Walmart to buy them, but every time I go in, the displays are pretty much empty! I’m not surprised because the brushes work amazing. My favourite is their powder brush, which I also mentioned in my Beauty Travel Essentials post.