You need this brush! The BrushCraft Oval 6 by Artis

brushcraftIs it possible to be in love with a makeup brush? I think it is because I am head over heels for the BrushCraft Oval 6 by Artis ($24.50)! I was actually reluctant to even try it…I hadn’t jumped on the fiber brush bandwagon at all because they looked so different from what I knew, and the brushes were so expensive I was afraid to try them. Now I can’t believe what I have been missing – and the BrushCraft brushes are wonderfully affordable.                    sample

BrushCraft Oval 6
Marcia raved about the Artis Brushes and the brush I have to review today is made by Artis. BrushCraft by Artis ($18.50 – $24.50, exclusively at BrushCraft.com and AHALife. com) is a line that focuses on combining ergonomics with design, function, and performance. The brush is made with NuFibre, which is extremely soft yet firm because in my brush – the Oval 6 – there are 60,000 individual fibres.

BrushCraft Oval 6BrushCraft Oval 6I just can’t rave enough about the blending power of the Oval 6. The size is perfect for foundation, contouring, or blush application. It works like a dream with cream and liquid products and is great for powder products as well. It makes every product look completely natural and gives an amazing finish. The beauty of this brush is the versatility – ultimately, you make a smaller investment and have less ‘stuff’ to juggle. I love a multi-tasker and the Oval 6 is the best makeup brush multi-tasker I have ever tried.

Here are all the things that make the BrushCraft brushes unique:

·         Uniform Application – The NuFibre® fibre structure and tapered ends help apply product more consistently than animal hair. BrushCraft brushes on average have 3-10 times as many individual fibres as conventional brushes. For example, the Oval 6 has over 60,000 individual fibres each with a microscopically small and soft tip.

·         Superior Blending – Every single NuFibre® filament has a tapered tip that ends in a microscopically fine structure which is only a few microns in diameter. This ultra-fine tip blends on a microscopic level, creating patterns so small they are imperceptible with the naked eye and enhancing the makeup look.

·         Efficient Use Of Product – The uniform surface area of each NuFibre® helps pick up and lay down product, without holding on to it, with less product getting tapped along the fibre’s length and instead holding it between the fibre tips

·         Retains Shape Better – NuFibre® is made with a proprietary material that has shape memory, retaining its shape better than conventional animal hairs. If a NuFibre® brush ever gets bent from compression during storage, revive the shape by passing the brush tips through steam or holding the brush under hot running water for a few seconds, reshaping, and then allowing it to dry back to its original shape.

·         Versatility – NuFibre® keeps its shape more consistently, even though it has a smaller diameter than conventional hair. This helps the fibre perform well with powders, liquids or emollient-based products.

·         Helps Avoid Sensitivities – An estimated 10% of the population is allergic to animal hair. For those with sensitive skin, NuFibre® provides an excellent animal-free alternative to conventional animal hair makeup brushes.

·         Animal-Free Beauty® – All BrushCraft brushes are 100% Animal-Free. No animal hairs or by-products are ever used in making our products.

·         Nufibre® Delivers Consistently Quality With Every Brush – NuFibre® is made using high tech production techniques that produce completely consistent fibres, ensuring that the quality of every brush will be the same, no matter when you buy it.BrushCraft Oval 6

·         Chemically Resistant – Resists excess water, alcohol, acids, detergent and won’t degrade from brush cleaning formulas.

·         UV Resistant – NuFibre® is more resistant to UV than conventional animal hair makeup brushes and won’t degrade due to sun or light exposure.

·         Wears Longer – BrushCraft brushes were wear-tested along with two grades of conventional brushes [prestige and mass] by having a simulated skin surface move against the brush bundles for 48 hours continuously. BrushCraft brushes suffered no damage, but a significant percentage of brush hair in both conventional brush categories broke and split.

·         Very Gentle Feel During Application Of Makeup – BrushCraft brushes all have NuFibre that end in a micro soft tip that is so small it is measured in microns and can’t be seen with the naked eye. These tips provide a gentler feel than other brushes, so they don’t irritate the skin during application.

·         Comfortable Fit – Traditional handle shape is not only classic, but feels familiar in the hand and fingers.

·         Enhanced Performance – Each brush is sized and balanced to help provide a familiar feel to the brush, which helps enhance application and performance, while using fibre bundles that eliminate the need for a metal ferrule. The fibres are held in place by a proprietary method that allows the fibres to be positioned in new ways for makeup brushes. Most BrushCraft Brushes have the fibres aligned perpendicular to the handle and skin surface. This keeps the fibre tips continuously in contact with the skin during application and creates superior laydown and blending.

·         Assists In Ease Of Application – Design helps facilitate self-application of makeup. The fibre alignment and the tilted handle aid in simplifying application and blending to one’s own face. The BrushCraft Brushes have matte finish surface on the handle. This helps the fingers better grip the handle and allows more control over makeup application.

·         Durability – High tech resins, matte finishes, and durable monofilaments are used to help make this handmade brush more dependable and durable over its lifetime of use.

·         More Modern – The BrushCraft Collection is both modern and classic at the same time. The aesthetics of the smooth flowing surface are pleasing to the eye.

BrushCraft Oval 6There are four other brushes available in this line, including the  BrushCraft Linear 1, BrushCraft Circle 1R, and BrushCraft Oval 3. I am so in love with the BrushCraft Oval 6 that I absolutely want every single one of them!

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BRUSH. I will accept all gushing thank you’s with a huge smile and a big “I know, right????”  – Lisa

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The BrushCraft Makeup Brush retails for $18.50 – $24.50.

It is available in the U.S. exclusively at BrushCraft.com and AHALife. com 

Forget duck face – try the Beauty Junkees Contour Kit instead

Mona Lisa Duckface
Who needs to do a duck face when you can contour instead?

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit

Contouring takes some great cosmetics and some great brushes. Marcia and I have reviewed quite a few Beauty Junkee brushes over the past few months – read the reviews HERE – and today I am very excited to tell you about the latest set we sent to review, the Contour Kit.

I’m going to jump right to the price – right now it’s on sale for 50% off – just $25 right now on Amazon. That is one heck of a sale for a really terrific set.

This set comes in a sleek brush case 9.25″ W X 4.5″ H X 0.5″ D (expandable) that will fit up to 15 makeup brushes. It’s perfect for storing your brushes as well as for travel.

All of the brushes work with both cream and powder contour products. I am impressed with the quality of the brushes, particularly at that price!  The brushes have copper ferrules with dual crimps, and the handles are wood. They feel substantial but not too heavy.

Here are the brushes included:

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proSculptor Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proSculptor Brush

pro Sculptor Brush This brush has narrow, dense bristles with dome shape for perfect application and blending; flat sculpting brushes apply a harsh line and do not blend. I love this brush for powder blush and bronzer. It’s soft but firm and it blends like a dream.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDuo Fiber Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDuo Fiber Brush

pro Duo Fiber Brush This brush has short and long bristles for feather like application that allows for buildable color. Where this brush excels is with powder highlighters. It’s great for creating a soft glow.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proHighlighter Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proHighlighter Brush

pro Highlighter Brush This brush has soft bristles with a small taper point for applying highlighter to narrow facial features. I find I use this most on my nose – lighter highlighter down the bridge of my nose and darker contour on the sides.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDetailer Brush

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit proDetailer Brush

pro Detailer Brush This is a small precision eye shadow brush with narrow dome shaped bristles for applying to small features, such as nose, under lower lip, and inner corner of eye. Yup, it works great, and of course it’s also terrific for applying eyeshadow.

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit Makeup Sponge

Beauty Junkees Contour Kit Makeup Sponge

pro Contour Sponge  Ok, so this isn’t a brush – it’s a makeup sponge that is a latex free and flat angled blending sponge that creates an airbrushed finish with cream contours. This sponge is nice and soft, and the flat edge is very handy, particularly for contouring cheeks.

The bottom line?  This is a wonderful brush collection that you will use for far more than contouring and highlighting. Be sure to pick this up while on Amazon it’s still on sale!  – Lisa

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Royal fun! The Disney Princess Brush Collections

Disney Princess Brush CollectionsFor today’s Side by Side, Lisa and Marcia are going all diva with the royally adorable LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Princess Brush Collections that are available exclusively at Walgreen’s through December 2016. There are 5 new brush sets: Mulan, Jasmine, Tiana, Belle, and Cinderella as well as the Aurora Sponge Set brought back from last season due to popular demand. You are going to love these royal quality beauty tools that have a pauper’s price point. Adjust your tiara and take a look at what awaits you at Walgreen’s.                                                                                         PR samples

LISA’S BRUSHES

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

My three sets take you from prep to foundation to setting your final look. The first one is the Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Brow and Lash 3-piece set ($11.99). These are three essential tools for a very low price!  I will say that these are probably the least substantial feeling tools of the three I tried, but they work just fine and are great for travel or for your car or purse.

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

The three pieces include a dual-sided Brow Shaping Brush which is great for groomed brows. I dip the angled side in brow powder then fill in my brows, blending and brushing them upward with the spoolie end. The second piece is the Slant Tip Tweezer, which is a surprisingly good tweezer for getting those stray hairs. The final piece is the Lash Comb, which actually folds and becomes even smaller. I don’t really use this one much, but if you have tangled lashes it will make short work of them and put everything back in order.

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges

Ok, so the Aurora Fairy Sponges ($12.99) isn’t a brush set, but this super cute sponge set was such a hit last year they brought it back for an encore. There are three sponges in this set:

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Blue Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Blue Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Green Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Green Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Pink Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Pink Fairy Sponge

The Blue Fairy Sponge is an egg-shaped dome that is an all-purpose applicator for foundation. It’s nice for all over application and for gradually building up coverage. The Green Fairy Sponge is for quick coverage of bigger areas, like your forehead and cheeks. Finally, the Pink Fairy sponge has a pointed tip that lets you get into tricky areas like under the eyes around the nose. It will become your concealer’s best friend.

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

My favorite of my three sets is the Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki ($12.99). This is a beautiful kabuki with soft but dense dome-shaped bristles. It’s fantastic for mineral foundation, bronzer, and setting powder. I can’t believe the quality for such a low price…and could the handle be any more adorable?

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

MARCIA’S BRUSHES

Soho Disney Brushes: Mulan, Cinderella, and Jasmine

Disney Brushes: Mulan, Cinderella, and Jasmine

I was lucky enough to end up with 3 sets of brushes: Mulan, Jasmine and Cinderella. I’m glad these are part of the permanent collection at Walgreens so that you can go and check them out for yourself after learning about them here.

Soho Disney Mulan set

Disney Mulan set

MULAN BRUSH SET || This set contains what I consider essential to my makeup life – eye brushes. All 3 brushes are double-sided so you have 6 tools in this set. One brush is all you’d need for eyebrows since there’s a soft slanted brush and a spoolie. This is actually double duty since they can be used on your eyes too . The slanted side is soft enough to apply eyeliner and the spoolie can be used to brush through your lashes. One of the eyeshadow brushes is my favorite (the middle one) since one side is a firm shadow brush and the other a crease and blending brush. The third brush is a soft eyeshadow brush that blends beautifully with the opposite side being a pointy eyeliner brush (this is my least favorite of the six sides since it’s not quite firm enough but will do in a pinch).

Disney Brush set: Jasmine

Disney Brush set: Jasmine

JASMINE SET || I love this set since it adds in a brush I don’t already own. The two-sided brush contains a foundation brush (I love it for blending cream blush) and a softly firm eyeshadow laydown brush. It’s the second brush that grabbed me though since it’s so different. It’s a wide flat brush that you normally wouldn’t see in this price range. You can use this in many ways especially if you have a lot of lid space but for me it’s a wonderful highlighter brush. I like to take my IT Cosmetics Highlighter Cream and apply it with this brush to the top of my cheek bones and above my browbone. It gives me a subtle strobing effect effortlessly.

Disney Cinderella Brush Set

Disney Cinderella Brush Set

CINDERELLA BRUSH SET || This is the best set for all over goodness since there’s a double-sided eye brush and a double-sided face brush. The eyeshadow crease side is great for adding in a crease shade and terrific for blending, it’s a softer brush than the one in the Mulan set. The eyeshadow side is identical to the Mulan. Having them both leaves me one for cream shadows and one for powder shadows. The larger brush has a foundation/cream blush side that’s similar to the one in Jasmine. The opposite side is for powder and blush. I also like it to use with a strobing product like Hourglass Ambient for a soft glow.

Disney brushes: Cinderella, Mulan, and Jasmine

Disney brushes: Cinderella, Mulan, and Jasmine

The Disney Princess Brush Sets are only available at Walgreens, so be sure to head to your nearest store to take a look.  The six princesses have a lot to offer and they are demanding your attention!

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Attention all brush lovers – Beauty Junkees has what you are looking for

We’re assuming that you are a beauty junkie since you are reading this now so we know that learning more about Beauty Junkees is perfect for you. We don’t all have makeup artist skills but we can certainly improve our skills by using the right brushes. What’s great about Beauty Junkees brushes is that they are good quality and very reasonably priced. The bristles in their brushes are synthetics that are amazingly soft yet amazingly effective. They pick up color easily, apply color smoothly, and blend like a dream. We were sent two sets that you are going to want, especially once you read about them and see the price point.

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

MARCIA HAS THE MINI KABUKI 5 PIECE SET

I’m so excited about this makeup brush set. These are unlike any brushes I have in my vast collection. I can’t get over these brushes and they are currently on sale for only $19.97. I’m shocked. There are 5 brushes that come in a makeup bag and they are among the most useful brushes I have. These are considered to be eye makeup brushes but I didn’t realize that at first so I used them for everything. These brushes are so versatile.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

There’s a brush in this kit for every use you have: blending, contouring, application, applying concealer, and more. The brushes can be used with both cream and powder products.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush is my absolute favorite brush in the entire kit. This alone is worth the price of the kit. There’s a very popular brush from Sephora’s house brand that this is so similar to but this is even better since it’s more tapered. This is terrific for applying concealer under your eyes. I use it with concealer and corrector and it makes me smile every time I use it. Fabulous brush!

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush has a totally flat top. This is can be used for just about anything on your eyes. I’ve used it to apply all over color and blend mostly. I’ve also used it with cream blush, especially those hard to get into pots, to apply it to my cheeks.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush is the one I use on my eyes the most. I like it to apply browbone color and for blending. It’s also great to apply a subtle highlighter along my upper cheekbones and above my brows.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush is a little love! The bristles are softly rounded at the top. The brush is perfect for blending in all those hard to reach places like around your nose and in the inner corner of your eyes. This applies color like it was born for that job. It probably was.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush is the 5th brush and you’ll find just as much use for this as all the others. This soft angled brush makes quick work of blending and making sure there are no sharp edges. Use this to buff your powder blush and you’ll see it glow.

I’ve got nothing but praise for this set. At $19.95 you need this to complete your brush wardrobe.

LISA has the KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH KIT

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

While all of Marcia’s brushes are for the eyes, mine are for the face. True to the kabuki name, all of these brushes are thick and compact with very dense bristles. The handles are long with some heft, giving more control than a traditional squat kabuki brush. These brushes are incredibly soft yet have the firmness needed to handle thicker face products, and they can all be used with powder or cream products. I am astounded at the range of finishes I can get – everything from super sheer to complete coverage.  The price is definitely right – only $39.97 for all five brushes plus the awesome brush holder, which is a normally $84.85.

Beauty Junkies Flat Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Kabuki Brush

The Flat Kabuki Brush is an amazing foundation brush and it also is a perfect choice for finishing powders. I’ve tried it with powdered foundation, tinted moisturizer, thick cream foundation…it works with them all and is a terrific stippling brush that creates a natural look.

Beauty Junkies Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Kabuki Brush

The Angled Kabuki Brush is a go-to brush for applying blush, or for highlighting and contour work. This is a beautiful blending brush that is silky soft but it really grabs product, so it’s best to go light and build up intensity.

Beauty Junkies Round Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Round Kabuki Brush

The Round Kabuki is the most like a traditional kabuki brush, although the longer handle makes it easier to maneuver more carefully. I use this brush for blending  and for buffing on mineral foundation powders.

Beauty Junkies Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

The Flat Angled Kabuki is awesome for contouring and for bronzer, as well as for using with tinted moisturizers, BB creams and CC creams. I think this is my favorite of the five brushes and I especially love it for contouring. It is extremely versatile and I find myself using it at all different angles for various looks.

Beauty Junkies Tapered Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Kabuki Brush

The Tapered Kabuki brush is for use under the eyes and around the nose, all those odd areas that are difficult to get to with a traditional shaped brush. It’s especially good for blending out creamy concealers.

Beauty Junkies Brush Holder

Beauty Junkees Brush Holder

I can’t rave enough about how wonderfully soft the synthetic bristles are and the brushes are easy to clean. The brushes are truly fantastic, and I think the biggest surprise for me was just how much I also love the Travel Brush Holder.  It not only holds these wonderful brushes, it also provides covered storage for them.  The snap sides are particularly nice for keeping brushes safe for travel.  The Brush Cup Holder measures 3.5″ DIA X 8.75″ H and is big enough to fit even more brushes – maybe the set Marcia reviewed!

For a limited time, you can buy any 1 Kabuki Brush for $11.97, or get the set of 5 Brushes with a FREE Travel Brush Holder for $39.97 (value $84.85). This offer and these brushes are so good that if you don’t snap up a set, I will be shocked!

We love the high quality, the practicality, and the price for both brush sets.  These brush sets are ones you will want to add to your cosmetics collection!

BEAUTY JUNKEES has a special code for Beauty Info Zone readers for 25% off one purchase through 3/7/16. The code is INFOZONE and can be used on any of their products but we think one of these Kabuki sets is the way to go! Link to the face kabuki set, link to the eye kabuki set. Which will you pick?

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The 6 piece Heavenly Luxe holiday brush set by IT Cosmetics is stocking stuffer ready

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

If you are anything like me then holiday shopping is very much on your mind. IT Cosmetics has come to the rescue with 4 different sets that will make anyone on your list very happy. I was sent the Heavenly Luxe 6 piece Brush Set and it’s packaged and ready for beautiful gift giving.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

Pretty as a picture and ready to stick under a tree or in a stocking. IT Cosmetics brushes are ones I love. If you are a blog reader then you hear rave after rave for IT’s brushes. This set is a great beginner’s kit. The price is only $39.50 for 6 brushes and a great travel case. That’s pretty amazing. What you’ll find inside is a powder brush, flat foundation brush, eyebrow brush and 3 eye brushes in a variety of sizes. (sold only on IT Cosmetics)

Let’s start with the great case that houses these 6 brushes. It’s very sturdy and luxe. Since IT Cosmetics is a cruelty free company the case only looks and feels like leather but you’d never know it wasn’t.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

The two best brushes in the set for my needs are the face brushes. The Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush is a great flat brush for foundation. It can also be used for concealer for larger areas of concern. The Heavenly Luxe Powder/Blush brush is one of the soft and efficient brushes that IT Cosmetics is known for. You’ll love the feel of this on your face.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

I also really like the Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush since it’s perfect for concealer but also for eyeshadow. It’s a good base brush eyeshadow placement. I particularly like it to lay down color all over or just on my lid. The other brush that gets my okay is the No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly. I am now enthralled with brow brushes and find them a necessity. I love having this travel size that has everything I need in one.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

The two eyeshadow brushes are the reason I said the kit was better for beginners. The brushes are similar except for size. They are full and loose. The No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush is the larger of the two and is the one I’ve used for blending. The No Tug® Travel Crease Brush is smaller but not by that much. I think it’s a little too loose as a crease brush but it works especially if you like a softer look on your eyes.

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

While they call these brushes travel brushes, all but the eyebrow brush are really full size. They’d be good for both travel and home use.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

I think all 4 sets that Ulta has for the holidays are wonderful for yourself or as gifts. The one I’m most anxious to get is the Naturally Pretty Must Haves with a palette of 6 brand new matte shadows and a new transforming pearl shade in a signature Hello Light® shade. As if it could get any better, it contains the wonderful Hello Lashes® Mascara Deluxe Mini. This set is sold at both Ulta and IT Cosmetics.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

While you are making your list be sure to include IT Cosmetics’ Limited Edition Holiday Sets but remember the words “limited edition” because when they are gone, they’re gone. Don’t be sorry!  — Marcia

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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

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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

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