Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Becca - The One Perfecting Brush

Becca – The One Perfecting Brush

Sometimes you just can’t resist. The lure of the product is too much and before you know it you’ll find that product in a shopping cart and your fingers ready to hit “BUY NOW”. That’s how I am with brushes. I love a good cosmetic brush and always want to splurge on them.

BECCA THE ONE PERFECTING BRUSH is a brush to splurge on. I was sent this through my membership in iFabbo and it’s made my life that much happier. It’s called “The One” because it’s supposed to take the place of all your brushes or at least most of them. That’s not going to happen but it does work beautifully for certain applications.

Becca The One

Becca The One

Becca The One Perfecting Brush is supposed to cut your makeup application time in half by replacing 10 other brushes and tools: foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, fan brush, blush brush, kabuki and sponge. That’s a big job for anyone. The brush has a 3.5″ head that’s about 0.75′” wide. The Goat Hair bristles are very densely packed while being fluffy and soft at the same time.

Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Can I use this in place of 10 brushes? Not at all but what I can use it for makes it worth its $49 price. I’ve used this with foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, and blush without a problem. I can’t judge it on bronzer since I so rarely use that but I can envision it. The brush sides curve enough for blending the bronzer as you go along. With blush you need to be careful to only use one side of the brush so you don’t end up overdoing your application. It won’t be perfecting if you look like Bozo.

My favorite uses:

1) Liquid foundation – I dab the foundation on one side of my face and use the brush to blend it in. The brush doesn’t really absorb the foundation so it’s not using too much. I then switch to the other side of my face and then sweep the brush over the middle to merge the two. I always end with a swirling application since that seems to smooth away any lines that might be seen.

2) Loose powder – I use a loose powder (Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores) several times a week. I need a brush that will make the powder one with my skin and not just sit on top. Becca’s The One does a great job with that. This is another swirler.

3) Pressed powder (foundation or finishing powder) – I am still using Darac Beauty Sifted Blur powder (it’s over 3 years old). I hit pan a long time ago but it’s my favorite finishing powder and it’s no longer available. Becca and Darac are good friends now. The powder foundation I use is from It Cosmetics from a TSV (I love those things) and Becca The One is used with Celebration foundation now.

4) Blush – I only use this brush when I want a very natural blush look, something that gently enhances but doesn’t scream blush.

5) It has taken the place of my kabuki brush for powder but not for cream blush.

Becca are you the ONE?

Becca are you the ONE?

Is this brush “the one”? Not really but it’s a terrific brush for what it does do. It can take the place of many of your brushes and feel luxurious while it’s doing so. You won’t be tossing other brushes but you will be reaching for this often if you are anything like me. — Marcia

*received from iFabbo for possible review. This is a Sephora exclusive.

 

Getting to the bottom of the barrel with Spatty Daddy

Reality TV comes to the BIZ via the Spatty and the Spatty Daddy! This neat product was first pitched by creator Cheryl Rigdon on the reality television show Shark Tank. After the show, the Spatty took off. It’s a very small investment that quickly pays for itself.

The Spatty

The Spatty Combo Set

The Combo Set pictured above is $10.99. It includes both a 6 inch Spatty and a 12 inch Spatty Daddy. Both have strong but flexible handles, a pliable foam/sponge-like tip, and are dishwasher safe. The larger one is amazing for things like jars of peanut butter and the smaller one is a miracle for cosmetic and skin care products.

Spatty

Spatty and Spatty Daddy

Spatty

the foam tip is hard but flexible

Spatty

Spatty from the side

I was shocked when I realized how much money I wasted by throwing away bottles and jars that still had ‘stuff” inside. The flexible handle makes it easy to manuever around difficult to reach areas, and the tip is like a magnet the way it scoops up whatever you are digging for.

Spatty

I love anything I don’t have to wash by hand

The one that is truly swoon-worthy for a cosmetics lover is the regular Spatty. I’ve tried and loved other ‘product scoopers’ before, but alas the tip was either too inflexible or too big to fit into my beloved Reviva Makeup Primer jar.  I still kept the jar, just in case I could find something that would help me savor every drop…and I actually yelped when the Spatty slid right in!!

I was SO happy to see this...

I was SO happy to see this…

...which resulted in this!

…which resulted in this!

Think of all those little jars you have with a pump top that quit working when there is still so much good stuff inside.  You can also repurpose these as pastry decorating tools!  This is a great little gift for anyone, but you absolutely want to get one for yourself.

What really impressed me is how a portion of the profits are donated toward providing safe water to third world countries. Save yourself some money and help a really great cause with the Spatty and Spatty Daddy. You can find them at www.thespatty.com .   – Lisa

*pr sample

Touch Face Auto Make-up Device review and giveaway

Touch Face Auto Make-Up Device in two sizes

Touch Face Auto Make-Up Device in two sizes

We are so excited to introduce you to TOUCH FACE Auto Make-up Device. This device is an absolute gem and the two of us are thrilled that the company sent us a duo to share plus is providing the Tiara size for one of our readers. You want to know all about this machine so put on your reading glasses and sit back to learn.

Touch Face Crown and Tiara

Touch Face Crown and Tiara

TOUCH FACE is a handheld battery operated device that helps you with applications of skincare and foundations.

TOUCH FACE takes the place of all the other tools you’ve been using to apply foundation and it does so without getting your fingers messy at all. It applies in a circular patting motion with 5,000 automatic gentle pats per minute. This is unique because it doesn’t just vibrate, it uses a patting system.

Touch Face accessories

Touch Face accessories

Touch Face comes with two types of disposable puffs, called the Jelly Puff and the Marshmallow Puff. The Jelly Puff applicator is a silicone puff that helps your skin quickly and easily absorb nutrientrich lotions and creams onto your skin. The soft Marshmallow Puff applicator gently covers up blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes pores, giving your make up a perfect and glowing finish.

It was developed and made in Korea and is sold by Cosedifilo for £22.02 (Tiara) which is equivalent to $35.58 USD. We expected Touch Face to be really expensive so we were very pleasantly surprised to find out just how reasonably it is priced.

MARCIA’S SIDE: THE CROWN

Touch Face Crown

Touch Face Crown

There are several sizes of TOUCH FACE Auto make-up device and The Crown is the full size one. This is the one considered best for home use because it is taller but I wouldn’t have a problem traveling with this. It comes with its own stand to hold it but it also comes with a plastic cover for the sponge which makes it easier to take with.

Touch Face

Touch Face

From the day this arrived I’ve been infatuated with it. I’ve tried it with almost every foundation, tinted moisturizer and BB/CC Cream I own (which isn’t a small number). It’s made me fall back in love with certain products all over again. I haven’t used this in its alternative way of applying moisturizers for better absorption since I have other devices that I use but with the amazing vibration I feel, I know it would work well. With all my testing I’ve only found one foundation that it didn’t interact well with, all the rest look better than ever.

Touch Face dials

Touch Face dials

This gives me an airbrushed finish. Even with my 8X mirror I don’t see my pores. I practically need to be torn away from my makeup mirror since I’m so obsessed with the smoothness I see. It takes no extra time to use this, as a matter of fact I think it takes me less time. Their directions say to put the foundation directly on the white sponge but I prefer to dot it on my face and then use continuous circular motions to apply all over. When done I can redot if necessary where it doesn’t feel like I’ve used enough.

Touch Face turned on

Touch Face turned on

Look at that baby go!! This is easy to use because it’s small enough to easily hold in my hand similar to how a brush would feel.

LISA’S SIDE: THE TIARA

Well, doesn’t the name of this little device just totally fit ME?? Every morning I grab my tiara, give my face a little massage, and I am good to go! Actually, I am not much of a diva, but this is definitely a tiara I am not giving up any time soon.

Touch Face the Tiara

Touch Face the Tiara

As you can see, the Tiara is smaller than the Crown, which does make it perfect for travel. I also really like it because my vanity is super crowded as it is; this smaller device is all I could fit amongst the products already there, I am rather ashamed to admit.

Marshmallow Puff

Marshmallow Puff

Applicators for Touch Face

Applicators for Touch Face

I do love both puffs and the only foundation I found that didn’t work with the Marshmallow was powdered mineral foundation. The Tiara truly gives an airbrush appearance without the expense and without the spray fallout. Once you use the Jelly Puff to apply moisturizer, you will wonder how you ever survived before without it. This may be the smaller version, but it packs the same punch, and it’s so cute! Plus you can win one for yourself, so ENTER NOW!!

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Cosedifilo has generously provided the Tiara model for one of our readers while at the same time giving us a discount code to share with all of you. The code is BEAUTYINFOZONE and it’s worth 20% off your purchase. Believe us when we tell you that this would make the makeup lovers in your life ecstatic to receive this as a gift or you can wrap it up for yourself so you have something very special to open on a holiday. The giveaway is open through 10/31/13.

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Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – part 2

 

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This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.

image from makeupforever.com

image from makeupforever.com

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.

Here are my five and my opinions.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160 and 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160 and 108

Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.

Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 270

Make Up For Ever 270

Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)

Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 300

Make Up For Ever 300

Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia

*brushes sent for review

Have you heard of The Makeup Guard? Read, learn and maybe win!

The Makeup Guard Card

The Makeup Guard Card

We have something new to share with you this week. And we do mean share. The Makeup Guard Card sent us two packages and each package has two cards in them. So Lisa and Marcia split one package and the second package will be given away in an international giveaway. You need to read this review though since there will be a “test” in the Rafflecopter. We are educators you know!!

The Makeup Guard Card comes in a two pack

The Makeup Guard Card comes in a two pack

The Makeup Guard Card is one of the most unique applicators we’ve seen. This will help the makeup novice as well as the pro. It is a latex free tool designed to help you in both eyeshadow and eyeliner application. If you’ve had trouble with getting a cat eye for your eyeliner this is the tool to try. Each guard is a trapezoid shape and 2″ x 4″. The edges are soft and rounded so you won’t scratch yourself. They are great for catching eyeshadow or pigment fall out too. Let’s see if Marcia and Lisa can teach you how to use these and show you why you’ll want to try this out for yourself.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

The Makeup Guard Card is definitely unique. I’ll be honest and tell you it took me about 2 – 3 tries before I felt that it was easy to use and helpful. But now that I’ve got the hang of it I’m enjoying this and I’m practicing my eyeliner skills. I know I am caught in a rut with eyeliner and this is moving me out of that rut.

Makeup Guard Card directions

Makeup Guard Card directions

I love the two colors it comes in and the trapezoid shape. As a former elementary school teacher it reminds me of the tools I found so useful for my students. If you notice on the sides there are measurements. This is helpful for me since I almost always get one eye lined longer than the other if I’m going beyond my eye.

my pink Makeup Guard Card

my pink Makeup Guard Card

I’ve used this with pigment eyeshadow so that it doesn’t fall onto my undereye area but I don’t usually try it with regular powder eyeshadow. Also if you have those long lush eyelashes (unlike me) it’s absolutely fabulous for using with mascara application. You’ll keep the mascara away from your skin so you don’t walk around with those silly little dots that you don’t notice until it’s too late.

I couldn’t get pictures using it since my third hand wasn’t available but here’s a VIDEO that shows you how to use The Makeup Guard Card.

LISA’S SIDE:

There are quite a few ways to use this handy little tool. In addition to eyeshadow and eyeliner application, I also use mine as a mini-palette. I put cream products on it, then dip my brushes in to apply. I even put gel liner on it and dip my brush in then use the card to get a beautiful, precise line.

Here are the ‘official’ ways to use the Makeup Guard Card:

applying eyeshadow with the Makeup Guard Card

applying eyeshadow with the Makeup Guard Card

I always have problems with applying my eyeshadow too far down on the outer part of my lids since I have deep set eyes. The Makeup Guard Card ensures a perfect application.

applying eyeliner with the Makeup Guard Card

applying eyeliner with the Makeup Guard Card

Turn the card around and it’s perfect for eyelining. It’s truly awesome with gel and liquid eyeliners.

extending eyeliner with the Makeup Guard Card

extending eyeliner with the Makeup Guard Card

And then flip it around again to make an amazing cats eye – even with shaky pre-coffee morning hands. Lucky me, my third hand WAS available (that would be my hubby) so I got a pic of me using the Makeup Guard Card.

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Mess free application, hooray!

The Makeup Guard Card is one of those small things that make a big difference. You just won’t believe how quick and easy it makes flawless eyeshadow and eyeliner application!

Our giveaway is open internationally. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. All entries will be verified. You can come back and tweet each day of the giveaway to try to improve your chances too. This is open through Wed. August 21st @11:59 p.m. ET.

*products for review and giveaway were kindly sent by Makeup Guard
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Makeup Wars – my repeat purchases aka the holy grail


It’s that time again. Makeup Wars!  If you haven’t been keeping up with us, Makeup Wars is a series with over a dozen amazing bloggers on a variety of topics. Today we have decided it show you the items we buy over and over. I’ve chosen to call them Holy Grails since I prefer these to similar products. These are products I consistently purchase and assume I’ll continue to do so for years to come.
So what has Marcia chosen and why?

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover has been a constant for at least 10 years when I unwittingly ended up at an MK party. Actually I enjoyed the experience especially because I bought my first eye makeup remover there. Now I try to buy two or three at a time. The two items that I find the hardest to remove are gel eyeliner and mascara. No matter how stubborn those two are the Mary Kay works. I shake, squeeze it on my cotton square, hold it to my eye for a few seconds and wipe gently. I rarely need to add more since it’s so effective. Plus it’s not oily so if I’m redoing makeup I only have to pat on a little water and I’m set. The MK leads to the next item…makeup war repeat marykay

DHC Silky Cotton squares. I’ve used other brands of pads but this is what I stockpile. Since I hate paying shipping I always buy enough to avoid that charge and I’m set for a year. I like these because they are soft yet sturdy and they never shed fibers. I also buy Shiseido’s version because  those are super soft. But DHC stands up to eye makeup remover better. I usually only need one square for both eyes. I also use these for toner and other light liquids. These cost $5.50 for 80 pads and I now see that DermStore carries them.makeup war repeat dhc

Another type of cleanser I love having on hand all the time is J.R. Watkins Hand Soap aka Natural Home Care Liquid Hand Soap. This comes in about 5 fragrances and is my favorite item to wash my hands with. I keep these in all my bathrooms. It’s  natural earth-friendly formula that is moisturizing without being sticky. It washes off cleanly without a residue. It’s only $4.99 at drugstore.com or Rite Aid and lasts me about 6 weeks. I buy the yummy citrus scents of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

makeup war repeat soap

YSL Touché Éclat   Another product I buy again and again. I buy this kind of concealer/highlighter from other brands all the time. I  probably have half a dozen similar products in my stash. But when it’s all said and done, this is my favorite. It’s not the best concealer but it brightens under my eyes making me feel more alive. I’ve got a few new brands of this type of concealer/highlighter I will be using to review, but they’ll always be compared to YSL TE.makeup war repeat ysl

Last in this list is the BeautyBlender sponge aka Beautyblender Makeup Sponge- accept no substitutes. I’ve got this type of sponge from Sonia Kashuk and MAC and they don’t compare. Other brands will tell you that they are as soft but they aren’t. I love my “Pink Egg” and have gone through quite a few. Mine almost always stains but it’s not entered in a beauty pageant – its job is to make my foundation look perfect and it succeeds. They now produce this in black and in white so if you choose those colors just make sure they are genuine. I’m a bouncer ladies but only with my Beautyblender.makeup war repeat sponges

Now that you’ve read my 5 choices let me know what you’ve been buying over and over again. Then when you are done do some clicking (bouncing) yourself to see what my fellow warriors have selected. — Marcia

It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder – side by side review and giveaway

It is no secret – Beauty Info Zone LOVES It Cosmetics. It Cosmetics is the brainchild of creator Jamie Kern and a fan favorite on QVC. There’s a reason this line has a huge fan base – it is really terrific. They have amazing products, and our review today happens to be a personal favorite for both Lisa and Marcia. Want to look younger? Get moisturized? Banish oily skin? Check out this BIZ treasure, Hello Light Radiance Powder ($24), and then enter to win one for yourself!

Hello Light

Hello Light Radiance Powder and brush

It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder back of box

It Cosmetics has come up with a highlighter that not only provides a youthful glow, it also treats the skin with wonderful anti-aging ingredients.  It Cosmetics tell us that it has ”micronized pigments of light, plus skin-loving ingredients including peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and Vitamins A, C, & E and is free of all of the ingredients that make skin appear older like talc. Anti-oxidants hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin while warding off free-radicals all day long!” Younger looking skin plus nourishment at the same time?  Beauty Info Zone says ‘sign us up’!

Lisa’s Side:

WOW.  That one word pretty much sums it all up for me.

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Hello Light Radiance Powder

This is a really gorgeous highlighter that has a beautiful soft, silky texture. It’s hard to overdo application of this heavenly highlighter - while you can use it on your cheeks, forehead, and under your eyes I am pretty indiscriminate about my application. I slap it on all over and just love it. The powder gets rid of my shiny spots and absorbs oil and makes my skin look perfect. It doesn’t settle into my fine lines and it doesn’t make me look powdery or dry.

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Hello gorgeous!!

This is a golden, shimmery highlighter that I think would work for most skin shades.

swatched

soft buttery goodness

I can’t get over the texture of it. It’s a powder but it’s so moisturizing it feels almost buttery on. Beautiful! It Cosmetics, you have done it again.

Marcia’s Side:

Do you believe in magic? I’m not sure I did before but with Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Illuminating Powder I do now. This is like magic on my skin. I’ve always been fascinated by highlighters and have a small collection of them but I’ve never found one prior to this that I could say I L.O.V.E. This is absolutely amazing on my skin.

Unlike Lisa I’m very discriminate about where I place this. I pretty much follow the illustration back of the box. I especially use this around my eyes and on my cheek bones. I love it as a highlighting color on my brow bone. I love it on my cheek bones. Where don’t I love it?

There’s no glitter! There’s no sparkle! Yet it magically brings light to places I want light. The powder itself is very light with a golden tone to it. My skintone is extremely fair and it works perfectly for me. Lisa’s is more of a medium tone and it works perfectly for her. You aren’t going to look at either of us and ask “what’s that powder on your face?” You’ll just notice a youthful glow.

Now let’s talk about the brush you see in that picture on the top, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush ($48). It is only amazing. Like all It Cosmetic’s brushes it’s cruelty-free, soft as all get out, yet does the job. Read this information from It Cosmetics and tell me you aren’t melting!! “This ultra-luxe plush specialty brush is designed for perfect application, and an esthetically pleasing experience. Its unique wand ball brush head is uniquely crafted, and starts its life by going through a tedious process where each hair is sculpted and trimmed, forming a perfect round ball shape. This creates a unique pick-up and distribution process of powder, for an invisible airbrush finish. Perfect for anyone who wants luxurious application of both pressed and loose powder products, including setting powders, illuminators, bronzers, or blushes.” it heavenly light brushWe have really good news for one US subscriber. One person is going to win both of these. Someone will be able to experience the luxurious brush and the perfect illuminating powder thanks to the generosity of It Cosmetics who not only sent both of us these to review but an extra for one of you. Allow the Rafflecopter to load in order to enter. US only, open through 1/23/13 at 11:59 p.m.

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