Bouncing my way to beauty with Beauty Junkees

I’ve been a devoted bouncer ever since the first pink makeup sponge became available. At the time I was the editor of a beauty forum and we’d talk at length about this sponge and wonder who would spend $20 on a sponge. I wasn’t the first to take the plunge but I was the second and it converted me to a believer. I bounce my foundation on for a perfectly smooth and blended application.

I no longer have to spend $20 for one sponge though because Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge set was sent my way and I’m in bouncing heaven. Beauty Junkees sponge set gives me 4 uniquely shaped sponges to use for … hold onto your seat … $14.97. I was amazed by the price but what amazes me more is the quality of these sponges.

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

There are 4 sponges so there’s even enough for the person that “borrows” your beauty items (and doesn’t return). But you might just fight for the right to use them all.

Starting with the basics, this is the best way to use these blending sponges:

  1. Get the sponge wet by holding it under water while softly squeezing the sponge so it absorbs the water. You’ll notice that it doubles in size and becomes soft.
  2. Now gently squeeze out the excess water since you don’t want this drenched. It’s recommended to dry it with a soft towel too so that the sponge feels damp.
  3. It’s application time – apply the product onto the dampened sponge and bounce, aka stipple, the product onto your skin. Do NOT rub back and forth or you take away to specialness of using the sponge.
  4. There are so many products you can use with a sponge so having a variety is an ace in the hole. Try skincare, concealers, blush, and foundation.

Let’s start with the Pink Teardrop since that’s the standard one that everyone wants. To me this is the perfect sponge. I use the bottom for foundation on my entire face. The curve allows it to blend well along my jawline while the point is great for the area around my nose and eyes.

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

The Purple Pear can be used for all of the above areas but because it has an ergonomically designed shape it helps with grip. It’s great for the wider areas of your face.

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

The Green Oval is the slimmest one and helps with more exact application. I like to blend cream blush with it since I can erase errors when I go too wide and I can blend the edges so that there’s no harsh lines.

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

The Blue Sculptor is the most versatile of the 4 brushes and the one I like to use dry at times. The flat bottom works well to dip into a loose transparent powder and bounce on my skin. It doesn’t pick up too much powder and once I’m done I can go over it to soften the look even more.  It’s also a great one for applying moisturizers, SPF, neck creams, and night creams.

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

When I was reading the directions I learned how to clean these the best way. I never thought to do this but it works and you can do this with brushes too. Use olive oil along with soap and water. The rationale is that oil will clean oil. The first time I did this I was amazed at how clean my sponge came out. Use warm water to moisten the sponge, use a dime size amount of olive oil along with a gentle soap. Massage the sponge under running water until there’s no makeup residue coming out. Then squeeze out the excess water and let it air dry. I love this method.

4 sponges, 4 + uses and 4 beautifully bright colors can now make up your sponge wardrobe from now on. Beauty Junkees is sold on Amazon with free shipping if you have Prime or have the minimum Amazon order to receive free shipping. At $14.97 currently it’s a total steal ($3.74 per sponge!). The quality is excellent and the uses many.

Are you a bouncer? Beauty Junkees can make you one!! — Marcia

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Artis Oval Brush 10 is luxury at its finest

Artis Oval 10 brush

Artis Oval 10 brush

3 views of Artis Oval 10

3 views of Artis Oval 10

 

 

What could possibly be softer than a baby bunny’s ears? What could be more luxurious than a yacht taking you to an island vacation? What could be more exciting to have in your brush collection than ARTIS MAKEUP BRUSHES? Artis is a new brand to most of us but it’s about to take the cosmetic world by storm.

Artis Makeup Brushes are mostly oval with mirrored backs. They have CosmeFibre® fibers made of soft animal-free fibers. They are densely packed with the end of each fiber tapered to a microscopic tip that can’t be seen individually by the human eye. I was given the opportunity to try out ARTIS OVAL 10 BRUSH to my delight. This brush has over 250,000 bristles!

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

The Oval 10 brush itself is quite large (1 3/4″W, 1 1/4″ H, 8″ L) and is meant for powder but it does so much more. My friend Helen, from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog, taught me to use this for foundation/BB-CC Cream application and I was thrilled to learn this method. It marries the best of two worlds with its softness and refined blending application. It is also supposed to be an excellent tool for smoothing on self tanners because of the coverage it gives.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

The curved handles are unusual at first sight but once you put this perfectly balanced brush in your hand, you understand the beauty of the ergonomics. The brush has a slight flexibility to it making it glide over the planes of your face with ease. And did I mention how soft this is??

Artis Oval 10

Artis Oval 10

Artis Oval 10 in the lid of Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Artis Oval 10 in the lid of Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

There are 19 brushes (10 from Artis brushes and 9 from Fluenta) that have been created by one of the makeup industry’s innovators and a former MAC Cosmetics Senior Executive, Matthew Waitesmith. He focused on the challenges of makeup “self-application” and delivering superior cosmetic performance, while taking inspiration from how he would draw a human face.

Artis Elite 10 brush set

Artis Elite 10 brush set

Brushes range in price from $32 to $72 with several sets that are sold at Artisbrush.com, Net A Porter, and now QVC has a set too. Oval 10 is the $72 brush and once you see it and feel it you’ll know it’s worth that kind of money. I am so excited about this brush that I bought the QVC set and am waiting for it. For $89.00 I’ll be the owner of Liner 1, Oval 3, Oval 6, cleaning foam and a cleaning pad. I’m still lusting after Circle 1R after watching a demonstration and I’m sure that will be on its way to me too.

Artis set from QVC

Artis set from QVC

Artis has added an affordable luxury to my life that’s worth putting on your wishlist. I’ll report back on the rest of these unique brushes so you better start saving. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

London SOHO New York Disney Princess Beauty Bags and Brushes

SOHO London Disney Collection

SOHO London Disney Collection

I don’t care how old you are, the new London SOHO New York Disney beauty bags and makeup brushes are going to make you smile. Pick your princess:  Jasmine, Belle, Elsa, Ariel…or if you aren’t really a princess, pick your poison with the Good vs. Evil products featuring both Snow White and the evil witch! These enchanted bags and brushes are available exclusively at Walgreens, and we were sent a few magical items to review.

SOHO London Disney Collection

SOHO London Disney Collection

SOHO London Beauty and the Beast Collection Cosmetics Bag

SOHO London Beauty and the Beast Collection Cosmetics Bag

The London SOHO New York Belle Organizer is just $9.99.  I am really impressed with the quality of this bag! I thought that with the princess theme, the items would be the same quality as typical kids stuff…but my daughters are going to have to arm wrestle me for this. The top has a wide zip-top design and the bag is much larger than it initially appears. The outside fabric is a smooth satin and the inside is an easy to clean liner with a silhouette design of Belle and the Beast dancing. It is beyond cute and totally functional.

SOHO London Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set

SOHO London Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set

The makeup brushes remind me of my Real Techniques brushes, which are some of my favorite brushes of all time. The Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set ($12.99) includes three eyeshadow brushes:

  • Medium Fluff Brush – Short round shape creates depth and detail.
  • Large Fluff Brush – Soft, fluffy bristles allow shadow to glide across eyelids with ease.
  • Flat Angled Liner Brush – Angled shape creates flawless lines and can be used with powder, gel or cream liner.

They all have nylon bristles so they work with everything from powder to cream  I love the flower detail on the handles…these brushes will make you look and feel like royalty.

SOHO London Little Mermaid Brush Set

SOHO London Little Mermaid Brush Set

For you Ariel fans, the Magical Illusion Brush Set ($14.99) has two brushes (including one dual-sided brush) for foundation, concealer, and highlighter. The set includes:

  • Complexion Perfecting Brush – Large end blends away imperfections while the smaller end banishes dark circles under eyes.
  • Beauty Highlighting Brush – Wide, short base highlights cheekbones, bridge of nose and anywhere else you want to sparkle.

Both have nylon bristles so they work with powder and liquid products. The quality of these brushes is excellent, the color and design is beautiful, and the price is right!!

I am SOLD on the London SOHO New York Disney princess products and plan to pick up some of the other items at Walgreens. I need the Jasmine Exotic Eyes Brush Set to complete my brush collection, and I want the Aurora Fairy Sponges and all of the Good vs. Evil items. Which Disney princess products are you lusting after??  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Senna Cosmetics brushes are the way to go

Senna Cosmetics brushes I love

Senna Cosmetics brushes I love

I have a few things I have to get off my shoulders. I hope you are ready.

* I love cosmetics!

* I adore cosmetic brushes!

* Senna Cosmetics is one of my all time favorite brands.

That wasn’t too bad for either of us I hope. Earlier today I reviewed some of Senna’s cosmetics including their In the Mood for Nudes collection, Slipcover Foundation, HD Eye Lift and Baja Matte Bronzer. That Makeup Wars review was so long it spilled over into this one that’s specifically about the Senna brushes I have. I’ve owned 4 of these for years and I was lucky to receive 5 more from Senna.

Senna Cosmetics

Senna Cosmetics

Airbrush Blender brush 25 ($40) is what people call a skunk brush. It’s black bottom fibers are dense while it fills out into looser white fibers that do the work. This is a brush you need in your collection if you don’t have one already. It’s a multi-tasker that works great for bronzer and highly pigmented powders. I use it too for a highlighting powder to give an airbrush appearance. “Softly shagged dual synthetic and natural hair and dual length brush seamlessly applies and blends liquid, cream and powder foundations and bronzers.”

Airbrush Blender brush 25

Senna Airbrush Blender brush 25

Foundation 39 Brush ($30) is a brush that everyone needs to have in their brush collection. It’s possible to apply foundation with your fingers but you don’t always get the ideal coverage that way. This brush is both soft and firm. The tapered point helps you in the crevices of your face, especially around your nose. It works equally well with liquid and cream formulas but it’s a necessity for a cream since your fingers just won’t cut it with something like Slipcover Foundation. If this isn’t enough to convince you, use it with moisturizer, primer or cream blush. See all the uses!!

Senna Foundation 39 Brush

Senna Foundation 39 Brush

Multi 24 Brush ($20) is one I didn’t know I was missing in my life until it came my way. I love this little guy. “This is the go-to tool for concealing, blending, un-smudging, priming and more.” What a treasure. You can use this at home or on the go. Just use it!! You’ll thank me.

Senna Multi 24 Brush

Senna Multi 24 Brush

Angle Brush 506 ($20) is a great blush brush that I’ve had for years. It’s so soft and so accurate. “Rounded front angle covers the apples of the cheeks and narrow tapered end softly blends color off the edge of the cheek naturally.”

Senna Angle Brush 506

Senna Angle Brush 506

Baby Face 21 ($30) has been a favorite of mine for so long. I use it for everything. The size of the brush head is wonderful for blending anywhere on your face. It’s great for a pop of color on your cheeks, for a touch of powder (Senna HD Eye Lift) under your eyes, and for highlighting areas especially when contouring. “A Senna favorite and must have! An ultra-soft, pampering brush to apply loose powder in eye area to set concealers and brush on highlighter powders. Great for spot blushing and dusting color onto eyelids.”

Senna Baby Face 21

Senna Baby Face 21

Baby Face 21

Baby Face 21

Concealer 12 ($18) is a synthetic cruelty free brush that does what it’s supposed to – it helps conceal! It’s on the firm side so that you can lay your concealer down and afterwards blend with it.

Senna Concealer 12

Senna Concealer 12

Deluxe Fluff 600 ($18.50) is a brush I use mostly for blending. It’s wide and soft. It’s very flexible. I’ve used it for an all over eyeshadow color but my favorite use is when my eyeshadows are all on and I use this to blend away the seams so my shadows are well blended.

Senna Deluxe Fluff 600

Senna Deluxe Fluff 600

Detailer 623 ($27) this is one of the first brushes ever created for Senna. It was designed to give a soft liner look. I find it works better for me to use it for a hint of color under my lower lashes. It can also be used on your brows or to apply lipstick precisely.

Senna Detailer 623

Senna Detailer 623

Brow Pro 40 ($20) is a double ended brush that meets all your brow needs. The firm angle tip on the brush side is great for precise work with powders. I like that it’s not bigger than my brows so that I control it, it doesn’t control me. And it doesn’t hurt like some brow brushes can. The other side is a spoolie (groomer comb) so that you can brush your brows both before and after makeup application. Use it first to tame your brows and get them into shape. Then use it after with a pomade to set your brows for an all day last.

Senna Brow Pro 40

Senna Brow Pro 40

These are only a fraction of the wonderful brushes from Senna. Out of these 9 brushes my must haves are the Brow Pro, Multi-Brush and Baby Face. These are unique and incredibly helpful. Which brushes would you pick? — Marcia

Be sure you visit Makeup Wars today to learn more about Senna Cosmetics and to find out about other favorite brands from my friends.

*some brushes sent for editorial consideration

It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Antiaging Matte Bronzer and Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush

One of my top cosmetics lines for 2012 was IT Cosmetics.  I have tested many, many items from this line, and I can honestly say that I have raves about every single product so far.  They just know how to do everything right – their products are always unique without being too trendy, and they are of the highest quality at extremely affordable prices.  The best-selling combo kit, It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer with Fan Brush ($35.92 at QVC.com), is yet another winner.  It further reinforces my belief that IT is one of the best cosmetics lines in existence.

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It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer

Bronzers can definitely help you look young and healthy, particularly in gloomier months when your skin naturally pales a bit.  But matte bronzers can be tricky – without the slight glow that shimmer provides, matte colors can be muddy, making your skin look kind of dirty.

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This is one huge bronzer!

Not this case with this big guy!  It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Antiaging Matte Bronzer is different from the typical bronzer in three ways.

1.  It’s not just a bronzer, it’s also a skin treatment.  It’s full of wonderful anti-aging ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, vitamins A, C, and E, grapeseed, green tea, silk, and aloe, so while it gives you the appearance of health, it’s also truly healing for your skin.

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Indoor lighting

2.  It’s huge.  The bronzer compact is 0.57 oz (compare that to Mac’s Bronzer at 0.35 oz.).  Buy this one and you will probably be set for years!

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Outdoor lighting

3.  The texture is unbelievably silky, especially for a matte product.  Matte bronzers tend to be a little chalky and difficult to blend, but this is really impressive.

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swatched – silky smooth for a matte bronzer, that’s for sure

One drawback is it only comes in one shade, which It Cosmetics says is ‘universal’, but I can’t imagine this would work on very pale or very dark skin.  Another very slight complaint – I could not figure out why the word ‘Glow’ was in the name of this bronzer.  It does make you look healthy, but there isn’t a glow from any sort of micro-shimmer.  There is something called Drops of Light that It Cosmetics explains is ‘liquid crystals infused into light-reflecting pigments that act as a powerful delivery system for the infused actives, all while allowing skin to take on a more even tone and radiant, youthful look’.  I think that is what they are referencing when it comes to the ‘Glow’ in the name, but it’s a little confusing.

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Absolute plush luxury

The beautiful set available at QVC includes both the bronzer and the Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush.  Oh my, is this a wonderful brush!!

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Large, super soft bristles that are perfect for the neck and shoulders

The brush is really a body brush, although you can use it on your face if you aren’t looking for exact placement.   I use it to sweep bronzer over my cheeks, but then also on my neck, shoulders, and decolletage.  I am amazed at what a difference it makes in bringing everything together and creating a healthy, warm look.

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Love IT!

I could go on and on about how incredibly soft and silky the brush head is.  This is a truly luxurious brush that you will be thrilled to have.

The combination of this huge, beautiful bronzer and big, fluffy brush for only $35.92 at QVC is pretty incredible.  Head on over to QVC and check it out, it’s a great deal and you will love the products.  – Lisa

*pr samples

It’s Pinkalicious – Beauty Blender Sponge

I love my pink egg. I really, really love it. I use the Beauty Blender sponge 9 days out of 10, that’s how much I love it.  I believe that good tools really are a help in perfecting the way you look each day and the pink Beauty Blender sponge rocks my world.

I remember when I first heard about it from Kellie, a friend on a beauty board. She posted a picture of it and the price ($20) and we all sort of looked askew. $20 for a sponge?? Why would we spend that kind of money on something we can buy in the drugstore for a whole lot less? Seemed pretty silly to me. I bought one and put it in a cupboard and forgot about it. But my luck changed the instant I received it from another friend on the beauty board. From that point on I’ve continued to buy and cherish this sponge.

There are now a whole world of imitators out there. Stores like Sephora and Ulta copied this, companies like Sonia Kashuk and Trish McEvoy came out with their own versions. But for me the pink egg is the one to own. The others truly don’t compare. I’ve written reviews on http://www.emakemeup.com of the two versions that Target carries for the Sonia Kashuk line, they weren’t glowing like this is. I’ve also previously reviewed this on emakmeup.com in January, 2007 and I love it more now than I did then.

How to use it? One word: BOUNCE!!  I lightly dampen my beauty blender (I use Evian but plain water or a liquid like MAC Fix + can also be used). I dot my liquid foundation on my face and then I take my sponge and just bounce it around on my face. That’s all there is to it. It magically blends without any lines or seams.  With a cream foundation, I put the sponge into the foundation to pick it up and then bounce it on my face. With a spray-on foundation I spray it onto the back of my hand, pick up the color with the sponge and then BOUNCE. Easy as can be for a seamless look. It works great for cream blushes and for concealer. The pointy end gets in smaller areas like around your nose and eyes.

You can buy this in a variety of packaging. You can buy a single for $19.95, a single with a full size cleanser for $34.95, a double for $25.95 or a double with a full size cleanser for $39.95. Sometimes you can find these one sale for 20% off too. I purchased this without the cleanser. Each sponge has lasted me a year before I’ve decided that it either looks too grungy or it’s not working as well as it used to for me. I don’t use the cleanser they sell but it is fabulous. It really gets the sponge clean but I’m not a fan of the lavender fragrance in it.  The Beauty Blender company even has a recycling program that‘s listed on their website (http://www.beautyblender.net).

If you are going to make one new purchase to improve your tool collection, make it the Beauty Blender sponge. You won’t regret it. — Marcia