This post is pretty exciting for me to finally be writing! I’ve been trying out a new skincare tool (for those that don’t know I did an entire series on the Clarisonic in the past!) & it really is a bargain. For the longest time I’ve wanted a Foreo Luna but was never able to get my hands on one & justify the cost. I’d seen some really excellent reviews from blogging friends so it stayed on my list & on my mind. Recently I was asked to try the MelodySusie® Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush & couldn’t help but notice the similarities…keep reading to check it out!
In case you’re completely new around here…I’m pretty obsessed with It Cosmetics. Somewhat recently It Cosmetics came out with over 60 brushes & they’re currently being sold in ULTA stores & on the website. That’s a ton of brushes! The entirety is also separated again into 3 separate collections- Airbrush Essentials Collection, Live Beauty Fully Inspired Collection, & the Velvet Luxe Blurring Collection. Today I’m going to show you some of my absolute favorites from all three! Check them out in-detail below! [Read more…]
Have brow problems? Me too. It is a sad fact but I try to be as upfront about it as I can on the blog especially. Because you guys understand me. I’ve tried & reviewed so many brow products recently (check out a bunch here) but I seem to be always on the lookout for the very best. & when it comes it beauty I always recommend It Cosmetics. As a brand It Cosmetics is a league of beautifying scientific geniuses so when I had the opportunity to check out the new-ish It Cosmetics Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Creme Gel Stain & It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build-A-Brow Brush #12 I was all about that eyebrow life. Keep reading to check out this ridiculously innovative product! [Read more…]
I am a self-proclaimed blush addict…& will never ever stop sharing my favorites! I feel deep in love with an Eddie Funkhouser blush (review here) & now I own all 4…which are basically perfect in every way. Jealous? Well pump those brakes because Eddie Funkhouser himself has graciously gave me the go-ahead to give away the same set including his new Pro Blush Brush which is truly a dream. Excited? Me too! [Read more…]
What beauty item do you go through the most frequently? Face wipes? Cleanser? Well for me it is cotton pads. I use them for my nails, swatches, makeup, & skincare daily. I whip through those like no one’s business! Intrinsics recently gave me the opportunity to try out their Pillowettes– basically the best thing ever. Keep reading to check them out! [Read more…]
It Cosmetics has come out with one of the absolute best value sets I’ve seen period in their It Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Skin Anti-Aging 4pc. Collection. Today you can pick this up at a special low-price of only $58.98 for ONE DAY ONLY. Keep reading to see what I think since I’ve had the opportunity to preview & review this set & stay tuned for a video demo including one of my favorite eye looks using the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette!
Included in this set is the brand new SUPERSIZE version of the Your Skin but Better Full Coverage CC+ Cream, also new to the brand is the Plush Paddle Foundation Brush, the Tightline Waterproof Mascara, & the also brand-new CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in the shade “Love”.
Apply Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ to clean skin, or over top of your moisturizer. A little goes a long way; blend well to develop perfect color match. With the Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush, apply a smooth, even layer to face, neck, and decollete.
Starting at the root of lashes, hold the Tightline slim wand horizontally, then wiggle and sweep the brush up and through your lashes. Can be worn alone or under mascara for a more visible eye liner effect. Lightly and gently press Tightline along the root of your lash line, filling in the gaps between your lashes; move along the entire upper lash line for a beautiful Tightline eye liner effect.
Glide CC+ Lip Serum over your lips for instant color correction and lip tone. Can be worn day or night for an ultra-hydrating treatment and naturally pretty flush of color that lasts!
It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ replaces your full-coverage foundation, SPF, antiaging serum, hydrating moisturizer, color corrector, skin-brightener, and pore minimizing primer in one step.
You can view my review of the It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ (along with the It Cosmetics Brow Power & Eyeliner I used n the tutorial) here in detail. I did want to tell you that in the video you can see a size comparison between the regular size & the supersize- crazy right?! So much awesome! I am almost out of mine in Fair & need to buy a new one, bummer medium is definitely too dark. Luckily if you order you can choose from Fair, Light, Medium,Tan, or Rich to find your perfect match.
Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush
The Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush helps to smoothly apply CC+.
So like I said in the video, this type of brush isn’t normally my first choice. I just haven’t found my match you know? Here’s why this one is different- it is all about the bristles. I think the main issue with most paddle brushes is lack of density & being too stiff- 2 things this brush has hit out of the park. I think I finally found a match!
Tightline Waterproof Mascara & Primer
New Tightline Waterproof Mascara takes the place of your eye liner, lash-enhancing serum primer, and waterproof mascara!
Have a mascara that just doesn’t do anything for you? Have blonde lashes (waves hand frantically) & have issues getting mascara all the way to the root?You’re going to love this. In the video I specifically show you how I use it- to make mascaras that stink pretty darn awesome. I tend to use this as a primer & with the tiniest wand to date it also doubles as a super black, long-wearing mascara.
CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in Love
CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss helps to color correct and provide intense hydration to your lips.
I am a professed lip junkie but I definitely am head-over-heels for this new marvel! Love is a really natural somewhat sheer rose shade, perfect MLBB(my lips but better) color! I mean, the texture just blew me away. So comfortable, so pretty, & so good for my somewhat dry lips! This gets my squeal of the post award, I can’t wait to get my hands on more shades!
Check out one of my favorite looks with the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette Vol. 1 (check out my full review of this palette here!) using one of my favorite shades, Violet. If you’re interested in seeing the tutorial for this look & all of the products I’ve mentioned in this kit demonstrated check out my video here & please remember to subscribe, it’ll make my day!
Purchase the It Cosmetics CC YOUR WAY TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN 4 Piece collection from QVC March 10th for $58.98 (while supplies last) for ONE DAY ONLY from midnight to 2:59 AM ET at this special price. I have to say, I highly recommend it! The value is amazing! Please do let me know if you’re interested in any looks in particular & I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
I received this handy Swoon Gloss Grabber in the mail recently (no return address so whoever it was, thank you!) & now I’m excited to share my thoughts with you! I’m constantly looking for new & innovative beauty inventions, tips, & tricks so this was a welcomed surprise! If you read my 7 Random Must Have Beauty Tools post then you know I am all about trying new things! Keep reading to see my thoughts on this cleaver tool.
From the Swoon website: Swoon is a revolutionary cosmetics tool. Part spoon, part applicator, it’s designed to retrieve and apply every bit of gloss from a lip gloss tube. Every lip gloss lover knows that no matter the brand, the applicator never reaches to the bottom, leaving 20% of valuable, unusable product in the tube. Say goodbye to lost gloss and hello to Swoon!
Swoon, also known as the “Lip Gloss Pick Up Artist,” is an innovative cosmetics tool. Part scoop, part applicator, it’s designed to retrieve every bit of gloss from a lip gloss tube. Every lip gloss lover knows that no matter the brand, the applicator never reaches to the bottom of the tube, leaving 20% of unusable product in the tube.
With Swoon’s non-porous, easy-to-clean and flexible application head – shaped like a fine calligraphy pen; extra long applicator neck – designed to reach every spot; and elegant and easy to hold handle, lip gloss lovers everywhere who love to save money can “Say goodbye to lost gloss!”
I love the flexible tip, thin tip, long applicator, & the fact that it comes with a lid to stick it back in when not in use. While it doesn’t necessarily feel as luxe as say a Dior gloss wand… it actually lets you use your favorite shades up completely! Those silly crevices with tubes shapes odd ( I’m looking at you old school Urban Decay Primer Potion in the genie bottles!) this will be a godsend. Another option is to use it to scoop out excess product to keep in small containers to use them up as well!
You can purchase the handy Swoon Gloss Grabber off their website for $15 here. It is going to be an investment but if you are sick of wasting the bottom of your pricey gloss tubes then this will be a
lifesaver gloss saver!
I love a great set of brushes…especially if they are in some shade of purple.I’ve been buying Crown Brush products for years after first seeing them at IMATS LA a few years ago. I always hit their booth since they have a crazy huge variety & very reasonable prices. Even my mom has picked up some brushes & she is a brush minimalist! I also use their brush cleaner which smells a bit like lemon cakes. When iFabbo gave me the opportunity to try & then review the Crown Brush HD Cosmetic Brush Set with Mirror & Tweezer I jumped at it & am now ready to share!
First let me tell you what this set contains: a set of tweezers, Detail Liner, Chisel Shadow, Crease Blender, Deluxe Contour, Tapered Blush, and Pro Powder & a zip around case which has a mirror.My set is purple with purple tips but there is also an orange set & a blue one both of which have coordinating colored tips. Cute.
These brushes are all vegan friendly, and can be used to apply liquids, creams, and powders. They are all also made with high grade synthetic fiber & after washing each of them at least twice I haven’t had any issues with shedding or the color on the brush tips fading or staining. The tweezers are actually pretty nice quality, perfect for applying lashes when traveling.
The Detail Liner Brush just isn’t my cup of tea. I find it small for eyeshadow but too big for gel or actual eyeliner. I’m actually trying to figure this one out still since I line thinner eyeliner personally. I’m wondering if it will make a nice lip brush? It is soft but firm & flares a bit at the end while most of my liners come to a more narrow point. The Crease Blender Brush is a nice size & softness, perfect for blending the crease shade. I’ve actually been using this almost daily, it really has a nice shape for my small eyes. The Chisel Shadow Brush has a similar story, nice softness & size. I’ve been using this more to apply & lightly fan out cream shadows.
For face brushes, the Deluxe Contour just barely made the cut. I couldn’t decide if it was more of an eye brush (which I have loads of) or meant for face. I decided face. I used it to apply a matte contour to my hollows & it worked quite nicely. Very soft & easy to add color as needed. The Tapered Blush Brush is a surprise because it is quite dense which means it can really load on the product! I think I would be able to use this for foundation in a pinch too. The Pro Powder Brush wasn’t a love match for me unfortunately. When I do wear powder I need a way bigger & fluffier (less full) brush. I did use this to apply a bit of bronzer to my outter hairline though & I think you could also swing a highlighter.
While this set isn’t a slam dunk for me personally, there are some awesome brushes here. I think this would be a really nice gift too, it even comes in a case so they’ve done most of the work! You can purchase this set from Crown Brush here.
Ever look at something I blog about & think How does she do that? or watch a video & think What is that handy dandy thing she’s using? Well, here are my current top beauty tools that you need in your life! All of these tools I consider must-haves & make my life so much easier! Let’s dive in!
#1 Wet Brush
What it is: (from the Wet Brush site) Super soft IntelliFlex™ bristles. Detangle hair with ease. Works great on wet or dry hair.
Why I Love it: Seriously, this is just the best. I have fine, thick hair & man is it a job to detangle! I prefer this to my other brushes/combs meant for wet hair because the handle is convenient, it has held up perfectly for over 6 months, & it really does work. If you have kids with tangles I seriously can’t recommend this enough! I’m an adult & can’t imagine my hair without it ever again!
#2 Make Up Miser
What it is: A set of three flexible and reusable makeup spatulas that allows you to “get to the bottom of it” and capture every drop of your expensive foundations, serums, moisturizers and other cosmetics.
Why I Love it: This is the product I’ve been waiting for, something to keep my long nails out of my foundations & various creams. Much more sanitary, gets all the product out of the bottom of inconvenient bottles of expensive product, & honestly just creates less of a mess! You need something like this if you use beauty products, create travel sizes of your favorites for trips, or are sick of wasting money! You get three different sizes that are flexible at the tip but nice & long on the handle.
Where to Get it: the Make Up Miser site.
#3 The Makeup Guard Card
What it is: (from the Ollie Girl site) The guard card is made of a TPE-Styrene Blend that is a recyclable material that has an excellent flexural fatigue resistance and an outstanding resistance to chemical and weathering. The cards measure 2″ x 4″ in a trapezoidal shape with rounded, no sharp edges and measurement markings for measuring your exact eyeliner extensions. Angled sides with ruler measurements are specifically designed as a visual guide for doing a perfectly
even and clean eyeliner application every time.
Why I Love it: Ever heard of the credit card trick? How about disposable eyeshadow guards? Well this is so much better! Not only is it obviously more sanitary (hard to keep a credit card clean!) & doesn’t disrupt your makeup (adhesives clearly stick to skin & moves product around) but this just fits. The shape is perfect for eyeliner, eyeshadow, & any specific lines you want to draw or even out. Perfect for blending, measuring lines on each side with the ruler, & quick to clean. You can apply makeup much more evenly, cleanly, & quickly.
Where to Get it: from the Ollie Girl site.
What it is: These are basically stretchy tubes that fit over your makeup brushes for storage, after cleaning, to reshape, & protect brushes.
Why I Love it: These are definitely must haves if you want to keep your brushes in good shape. When washing brushes, the bristles can get a bit funky & either flare or look different than before. They help keep their shape, come in a variety of sizes, & help your brushes dry & store correctly. I can’t imagine traveling without them either, I’ve ruined many a brush in the past but no more!
#5 Precision Tip Q-Tips
What it is: (from the Q-tip site) With pointed tips specially designed for makeup touch-ups and cleaning tight spaces, new Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs are must-have at home!
Why I Love it: These are just so stinking handy. I have some in a big pack but I love this little pack that is a little bigger than an Altoid tin. I refill it from my big set & then put this one in my purse. I use these to apply creams/ointments, treat cuts, clean up my eyeliner, clean up lip products, & I’ve even applied makeup on the go with them. The pointed tip makes these must haves!
#6 Beauty Blender
What it is: (from the Beauty Blender site here) Blend your way to a flawless face! Seeing make up is the first sign of an amateur application. Beauty Blender was created without edges in order to eliminate visible lines and streaks. Use Beauty Blender damp when applying wet/dry make up. When Beauty Blender is wet it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size. Use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique to work make up into depressed areas of the face. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the make up’s edges, leaving a perfect finish.
Why I Love it: So normally these are pink but my newest batch I bought are black so they don’t show staining as much. This pounces foundation, concealer, & even cream face products effortlessly & blends every together with ease. You’re left with a finish that is pretty perfect & you can even layer products comfortably. This is also a must-have to impart a bit more moisture in my skin. I’ve tried some lower priced alternatives & they don’t come anywhere close to the softness, density, & pouncing ability.
What it is: (from the Travalo site) Travalo refills directly from a standard perfume bottle. With our patented system fragrance is never affected by exposure to the air and decants magically from one sealed bottle into another in just a few seconds, without any assembly or parts.
Why I Love it: So mine looks a bit different from the one available now because I’ve had it for a few years I think. Super easy to use, creates a travel fragrance in seconds, & is pretty darn affordable. I love this little device & have 2 or 3 of them floating around. I always have a daytime & a night fragrance on me, just in case. This is simple, saves me lots of money since buying bigger bottles is a better deal, & I can see in the window when I’m starting to run low. So handy.
What do you think of my top picks? Have you tried any of them? Want to? What about some of your favorites? I’d love to hear about them!
It Cosmetics has some of the best brushes & their Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set is no exception! If you look back at my reviews of the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Luminizer Brush, Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush, & It Cosmetics French Boutique Blush Brush then you know I’m already a huge It Cosmetics brush fan. They’re spectacularly soft & luxurious. This set is crazy priced at a bargain as well, keep reading to find out why I love it!
From QVC: A collection of six full-size, ultra-plush brushes, designed to give you a flawless airbrushed application. Store and display these gorgeous brushes in the provided ultra-luxe vanity case. Developed with plastic surgeons, each fabulous Heavenly Luxe brush distributes your favorite cosmetics evenly without tugging on the delicate skin and eye area. Perfect for even the most sensitive skin types.
I love the packaging & storage for these brushes. I’ve been eying similar cases from other brands but had yet to pull the trigger. My favorite part is that unlike my brush roll, your brushes can breathe & I can set them out while travel to use easily. So happy with it! One side has a divider & the other is open. I use the divided side for smaller brushes & the bigger for fluffy, large brushes.
Included in the set along with the case are 6 brushes: Dual-Airbrush Multi-Powder Brush, Airbrush Flat Foundation Brush, Airbrush Flat Concealer Brush, Airbrush Crease Brush, Airbrush Allover Eyeshadow Brush, & a No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly.
It Cosmetics Dual-Airbrush Multi-Powder Brush- Huge & giantly soft…this brush alone could retail for the price of this entire set. I personally can’t travel without a brush like this, a multi-tasker. Use it for powder, luminizer, blush, bronzer, anything you need a big brush for & airbrushed type look. Super soft it blends everything out beautifully.
It Cosmetics Airbrush Flat Foundation Brush- This brush is soft enough for undereyes but firm enough for blending. I use this for both concealer & foundation, the curved tip is perfect for delicate areas.
It Cosmetics No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly- I’ve been looking for a good quality brush like this! I love having both a spooly/brush comb & an angled eyebrow brush. This can also be used for eyeliner. I personally use brow powder daily so this is the perfect combo!
It Cosmetics Airbrush Crease Brush, Airbrush Flat Concealer Brush, & Airbrush Allover Eyeshadow Brush- Although there is a concealer brush I still use the foundation brush for concealer & use this one for cream shadows & bases to blend. When I’m in a hurry I love having multi-use eye brushes & these are wonderfully soft. Absolutely no tugging which is so important around the eyes & face in general.
This set is limited edition It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set is available from QVC (or The Shopping Channel internationally) & is only $39.50 which is ridiculously affordable. Seriously, I was shocked. Definitely worth way more so snap it up while you can!