Thursday, February 21, 2019

n:p beautiful Miracle Serum Review

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I am a bit fanatical about using hair serums, and not only because I enjoy using them, but also because they are so effective in taming frizz and making my hair manageable and silky smooth. Therefore, I was very happy to try n:p beautiful Miracle Serum for my naturally curly hair that is periodically frizz and fly-away prone.

This silicone and natural oil based serum has a wonderful quasi-tropical fruity floral aroma that reminds me of summer. It can be used on wet or dry hair, it is suitable for all types of hair and it does an enviable job in its ability to smooth hair, fight frizz and flyaways and leave your tresses moisturized and with a gorgeous glossy shine. I like to add a small amount to wet freshly washed hair, or dry hair in the need of moisture and taming. Then I either blow dry my hair or let it dry naturally, and my hair looks, feels and smells amazing! If you are sensitive to scented hair products, then you should know that the scent does linger for a while before fading altogether. However, it is neither cloying, nor in the least bit unpleasant.

n:p beautiful donates 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this serum to pediatric cancer research and animal abuse prevention.
According to n:p beautiful,

This miracle serum was developed by celebrity hairstylist David Babaii. This high-end hair product is made from natural, sustainable ingredients, so it’s good for your hair and the environment.

Feeling like you’ve been left high and dry? Our Miracle Serum can help. Whether your hair’s fine and straight, curly and thick, or damaged and coarse, this hero product is designed to absorb instantly, leaving hair looking and feeling flawless all day long. Antioxidant-rich Moringa oil, calming raw lotus root, and our sustainably sourced stem cell formula work overtime, replenishing hair from the inside out. This is not your mother’s hair oil.

Directions: Pour a few drops of product into your pretty palms, rub them together, and massage through your wet or dry hair. Blow dry it or straighten it. Watch it look good.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Asarum Canadense Meristem Cell Culture Extract, Royal Jelly, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Eriodictyon Californicum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate.

Features: Sulfate-Free. Paraben-Free and No Animal Testing.

Overall Assessment: I really like this serum a lot, and will no doubt finish this bottle down to the last drop.

$45.00 for 6.2 oz. from n:p beautiful, Nordstrom and Revolve (Affiliate Links).
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Oatly! Oat Milk

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I was recently introduced to Oatly! Oat Milk by a close friend who extolled its virtues so effusively that I had to try it. She alerted me to the fact that this is the creamiest and most delectable cows milk substitute that she has ever had, and that it was well-worth tracking down. She also told me that it is so wildly popular, because it is that delicious, that it always sells out immediately. Therefore, I knew that I would have to grab it whenever I saw it.

My journey began at Whole Foods, where I was once again told that Oatly! sells out as soon as it is stocked, and that people purchase as many as seven at a time! Undeterred, I continued my search and I finally found it at Bristol Farms and purchased the blue carton. The moment I returned home I poured myself a glass to see what all of the fuss was about, and I immediately understood why my friend wanted me to go on a treasure hunt to find it. It is rich, creamy and utterly delicious.  In fact, this is such a popular beverage that many specialty coffee houses and restaurants in Los Angeles use it for their lattes, and Oatly! can't produce it fast enough to keep up with the demand. I also discovered that Target sells Oatly! at some locations, therefore you may be able to find it at your local Target.

If you are vegan, lactose intolerant, or simply want to try a delicious milk alternative, then I highly recommend trying Oatly! Oat Milk.

- Delicious 100% vegan oatmilk made from gluten-free oats.
- No added sugar, soy, nuts, thickeners, gums or annoying GMOs.
- Natural beta-glucans, plus added calcium and vitamins (A, D, riboflavin, B12)
- It's fresh! So you'll want to keep it that way, in the fridge, and drink it within seven days of opening (which shouldn't be a problem).

According to Oatly!

The original oatmilk company from Sweden that only took 25 years to perfect our craft before feeling ready to take our shot at making it big on the internet. This is our amazing vegan, gluten-free oatmilk. So what makes oatmilk so amazing? The taste. And the fact that we've been exceptionally good at balancing high nutritional value with low environmental impact. But back to the taste part. Maybe you should. Taste it, that is and then you can let us know if all your patience was worth it.

Besides the whole delicious thing, it's also a pretty optimal option for everyday use because it has added calcium and vitamins (A, D, Riboflavin, B12) and includes 2% fat from rapeseed oil and oats. There's no added sugar whatsoever, just lovely natural sugars from oats. It also has a wonderful, gulp-able texture without stabilizers, gums or thickeners to ruin the vibe. And we've made sure the beta-glucans (big, scientific word for the soluble fiber in oats) in this one are strong and handsome.

When should you use it? Whenever you'd use old school milk from cows-in your coffee or tea, chilled in a glass, or in your recipes-in exactly the same amount.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Covet-Worthy Hold Me Makeup Bag

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Finding the perfect travel bag for your makeup is difficult, and if you travel a lot you know the necessity of effective and efficient storage for your makeup. When I travel by plane, I tend to streamline my picks and prefer minimal makeup and skincare in deluxe samples. When I make short distance trips by car, which I do quite often, I carry more given that I am not beholden to TSA compliant sizes. A few years ago, I  became obsessed with the gorgeous handmade Hold Me Bag– Just Julie, and I have used their bags for travel ever since.
The Hold Me Bag - Just Julie is a stunning handmade makeup bag that features a soft black plush, and ultra-luxe, velvet exterior and an interior that is punctuated by a waterproof interior liner. The interior pattern is a gorgeous light blue that is embellished by white quatrefoil patterns.

On the far right there is a graciously appointed section for makeup brushes with individually stitched sections to separate and protect each brush. It also includes a flap that folds over to add another layer of protection to all of the brushes.

In the center there is a very large expandable zipper compartment that has enough space for lots and lots of makeup.  In fact, it is large enough to store plenty of your favorite palettes.

At the far left there is a flap with a long cord to wind around to close, secure and protect the entire makeup bag. It includes a large interior pocket that enables you to store lots of additional products.

While this is a perfect travel companion, it can likewise be used for at-home storage for your most reached-for makeup and brushes, and it is beautiful enough to leave out on your vanity!
 According to Hold ME,

Always just lovely. Timeless quatrefoil pattern in a small-scale cool aqua blue.
Expandable center section, "The Heart", is fully zippered. Holds makeup of various shapes and sizes, and multiple palettes. Thin, removable bottom liner can be used outside the bag or to separate palettes.

Fully opened, see everything at a glance with easy access; saves time with daily makeup routine.

Covered brush section has 12 sleeves; some hold single brushes and some multiple brushes and/or tools; protects brushes, as they stay upright, fresh and safely stored. Maximum brush length: 9".

Exterior and parts of interior made of soft black velvet fabric; interior highlights of wipe-clean laminated cotton print. Both fabrics are easy to clean and durable.
Hold Me Bag - measures 10"H x 7"W x 2.5"D closed; extends to 22" fully opened. 
 Handmade in the USA.
I placed lots of full-sized products in the expandable compartment, but there is room for even more.
The brush sleeve actually fits considerably more brushes than I packed for this trip.
Illustrations courtesy of Hold Me
Simple knotting technique to secure the Hold Me Bag
The interior zip compartment features a removable sleeve (Shown on the right) that adds a further level of protection to your makeup, and a generous pocket in the top flap of the zipper compartment. The entire expandable zipper compartment is lined in the beautiful blue and white quatrefoil pattern.
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking an effective and efficient way to travel with your makeup, or to store your most reached-for makeup and makeup brushes at home, then take a look at the gorgeous handmade Hold Me Bags– they are gorgeous handmade treasures that are truly covet-worthy. A+

$85.00 from Hold Me + $4.50 US Shipping and $80.00 from the Official Hold Me Amazon Store (Affiliate Links).

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Monday, February 18, 2019

S'well Water Bottle Long Weekend 25% Off Sale

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S'well is having a Long Weekend (Presidents' Day) Sale on a wide selection of their amazing water bottles. Now through Monday, February 18 at 11:59 PM EST, receive 25% Off select styles. 

S'well Water Bottles are ingeniously made from BPA-free, double-walled stainless steel that is so well insulated that it keeps liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. They are so well insulated that no matter how cold the liquid inside, there is absolutely no condensation outside. I purchased the 17 oz. and 25 oz. sizes, and I use the larger one so that I wouldn't have to refill my bottle as frequently, but prefer the 17 oz. size when I want something smaller, and I have access to quick and easy refills. However, I definitely think that the 9 oz. is a little too small for the purposes of staying hydrated throughout the day. They are also perfect to have on hand when you are out and about, and I don't leave home without at least one of them on hand!

  • Bottle may be used as a water bottle or to hold other beverages.
  • Made of 18/8 double-walled stainless steel.
  • Nontoxic, non-leaching, and BPA free.
  • Hand-painted.
  • Mouth wide enough for ice cubes and drip-free sipping.
  • Vacuum sealed; keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12.
  • Fits standard-size cup holder.
  • Hand wash only. Not dishwasher safe.
They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and are available in 3 sizes (25 oz, 17 oz. and 9 oz.). While they are by no means the least expensive water bottles on the market, they last a very very long time, and are worth every penny.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Top Weekend Reading Picks

What if you could treat your dry, dull skin in your sleep? Prime Beauty says you can with Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream!

Valentine's Day may be over but the beauty of the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette lives on. The swatches and shades on Beauty Info Zone will show you what you're missing.

Acne is the bane of my existence! On the Color Sutra, check out the couple of products from DERMA E that are helping me fight stress-induced blemishes.

Never Say Die Beauty is blown away by how good the new Ipsy Plus monthly subscription is. Check out her January Ipsy Plus box to see why.

Pammy Blogs Beauty pampers her hair with a super luxurious shampoo and conditioner from n:p beautiful haircare.

Calling all beauty and romance lovers! The Makeup Obsessed Mom has a Fashion Flash Giveaway on her blog now. She's giving away great prizes, including a $50 Ulta gift card.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly obsessed with the NuReveal Organics Bright Star Resurfacing Face & Lip Scrub and thinks that you will love it too because it is safe, effective, gentle and such a pleasure to use!

Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table took a couple of the Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges for a test drive. Did she love them or leave them?

It's here! It's here! The new Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette has arrived and Christa from Realizing Beauty is so excited to share her review and swatches with you. Can it possibly live up to the original Naked Palette?

Being removed from a PR list doesn't slow Blushing Noir down! Was the February Boxycharm worth the $21 investment? Click to find out.

BeautyJudy shares her experience with Morphe’s new Fluidity Foundation- is it hit or miss?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Glossybox It's All About Love February Beauty Box | Unboxing #Glossybox

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Every month, GLOSSYBOX delivers a selection of five, and this month six, beauty products ranging from luxury, to niche, to emerging brands. Their beauty experts evaluate what's trending, and curate their monthly beauty essentials accordingly. Furthermore, GLOSSYBOX houses their monthly beauty subscriptions in a sturdy and chic boxes that is a treat to unwrap! The February box features 6 products ranging from full size to deluxe samples, and I am pleased with each of their selections. For a limited time, Use the Coupon Code: HEART to receive 20% Off on your first box. GLOSSYBOX ships to the US and Canada.
GLOSSYBOX November February It's All About Love Beauty Box is the perfect Valentine's Day box!
 Inside the box:
1) Freeman Beauty Psssssst Volume Original Dry Shampoo in Original Citrus ($2.99 for 1.76 oz.): If you are a fan of dry shampoos, which are so nice to use between hair washings, then this refreshing citrus scented version is such a nice and affordable choice!

According to Freeman Beauty,

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo is the stylist’s secret to skipping shampoos for longer-lasting style. Lightweight, talc-free formula absorbs oil, sweat and product build-up. Taking hair from dirty, flat and matte to refreshed and revived. Water not required: just spray and go!

Ingredients: Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance.

2) Proenza Schouler Arizona Eau de Parfum ($28.00 for 9ml/0.3 oz.): I only just received the February Beauty Box, and I haven't had the opportunity to do more than just spray it during my unboxing, but it is a fruity musky floral that smells lovely. I will have to see how it wears on my skin, but as a huge fan of Proenza Schouler, I have high hopes that I will love wearing this fragrance!

According to Proenza Schouler,

The first fragrance by Proenza Schouler. Discover this radiant eau de parfum, blooming with a white cactus flower accord and a unique mineral signature. Arizona is a feeling of adventure. A place of beauty and mystery. Inspired by the ravines and ridges that define the horizon of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the bottle is a piece of art in itself. The final shape, like a drop encapsulated into faceted angles of rocks, is a unique glass innovation allowing a disruptive asymmetry.

Olfactory Notes: Orris / White Cactus Flower / Jasmine / Orange Flower / Solar Accord / Musk / Cashmeran.

3) Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ (a $5.00 value for 12 patches): These inventive patches offer an innovative way to spot treat pimples. I will definitely give then a try the next time that I have a breakout!

According to Hero Cosmetics,

Our hydrocolloid acne stickers protect blemishes for faster healing overnight. Each pimple patch acts as a protective cover and prevents touching and picking. Mighty Patch uses the highest grade hydrocolloid, a super absorbent material, to draw out pus and other impurities from your pimple. This reduces the blemish, speeds up the healing process all while protecting your skin.
4) skinChemists Rose Quartz Lip Plump (Full size 32.00 for 8ml/0.27oz.): This minty lip plumper has a refreshing tingle, a gorgeous glossy finish, and it does in fact lightly plump the lips without burning or irritating mine.

According to skinDefence,

Our Rose Quartz Lip Plump can give you a fuller pout without the pain and commitment offered by fillers. This Lip Plump is designed to hydrate the lips, whilst actively boosting them for a fuller pout, leaving them soft and lightly glossy. Providing all the benefits of a lip gloss and a lip balm, with an actively pumping effect.

With key ingredient Volulip, derived from the 'Kiss Me Quick' plant, this lip plump aims to stimulate the production of Hyaluronic Acid, producing an active plumping effect. Circulation of blood to the surface of the lip is further enhanced by Peppermint Oil producing a fuller pout.

5) Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Spur (Full Size. $22.00 for 0.0098 oz.): This full-size matte lip crayon glides across the lips so effortlessly, and its creamy texture doesn't feel dry or stiff. Spur is a gorgeous nude brown, and unlike most matte lipsticks, I do not find that this one dries out my lips. It is long-lasting and I have found it transfer-proof.

According to Doucce,

The Relentless Matte Lip Crayon is a long-lasting deeply pigmented lip color that glides on with an ultra-matte finish. The formula provides both high coverage and an incredibly creamy saturated finish with shades ranging from neutral to dramatic, ideal for every skin tone. The crayon also comes with a sharpener to keep the tip defined for easy and precise application.

6) Manna Kadar Long Wear Powder Split Pan Duo in Posh (The full size retails for $24.00. This is a deluxe sample featuring 0.05 oz.): This duo features warm peachy brown shades that can be used as a blush, bronzer, contour and shadow. The peachy shade has a lovely shimmer and the darker shade has a matte finish.

According to Manna Kadar,

Long-Wear Powders Split Pan Duo includes two textures, matte and pearlized. The custom formulation offers a special light texture which glides on smoothly and evenly to provide the perfect amount of color for a healthy glow. Powders can be used as a blush, bronzer, highlighter and shadow. Available in Posh and Uptown.

Mix the shades together to create your unique color. Apply on face and body for the ultimate bronzed glow!

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2; Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, [+/-: Ci77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Ci 77891].

7) BONUS: $100.00 Wine Voucher Gift Card from Naked Wines. Receive $100.00 off on any case of wine priced at $160.00 or more.
Overall Assessment: Not only is the GLOSSYBOX February Beauty Box a great value, but it is filled with very nice products.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sephora Beauty Insider, VIB and VIB Rouge Birthday Gifts 2019

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I just redeemed my Sephora birthday gift this year, and was thrilled to see that they are now offering VIB and VIB Rouge members 250 points as a gift option in 2019! I selected the 250 points instead of deluxe products, but you can also select a Kat Von D. gift, a Drunk Elephant gift or a Milk Makeup gift. I have drawers and drawers filled with deluxe samples, and therefore selecting the points was a great option for me.

*Beauty Insiders are eligible to redeem one birthday gift per year. 250 bonus points and the surprise online-only gifts are only available to VIB and Rouge members. In-store redemption: no purchase necessary. Redeem in Sephora or Sephora inside JCPenney stores during your birthday month by providing your Beauty Insider email address. Online redemption: a merchandise purchase is required. Redeem two weeks before or after your birthday and any time during your birthday month. Offer not valid on jcp online. If you are having problems redeeming online, please contact customer service at Substitutions may occur. Valid while supplies last. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Space NK The Spring Beauty Edit Begins on Wednesday, February 13

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On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit 2019” event at all our 26 US locations (Online, in freestanding boutiques as well as Space NK inside select Bloomingdale’s).

DetailsSpend $285.00 or more at Space NK, will receive a 30-piece gift with a selection of must-haves from Space NK featured brands. Use Code: Beauty19

Loyal N.Dulge Members (sign up HERE) will have early access to the gift one day earlier than the general public.
What's in the Gift:

Diptyque Roses Scented Candle (3.4 oz): Inspired by the fragrance of the English garden in June, this scented candle is a romantic medley of roses. It elevates the mood instantly and sets a sophisticated scene for any and every occasion.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (5ml): Harnessing the exfoliating power of lactic acid, this intensive treatment helps to instantly brighten while working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and restore damaged skin.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 (0.12 fl oz): Discover a porcelain-smooth complexion that is free from visible blemishes with the help of this multi-purpose, oil-free, weightless primer.

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo (1oz): This shampoo has been designed to cleanse hair, bringing it back to full strength and helping to remove impurities. Made with argan, maracuja andcypress extracts, it balances the hair and scalp in order to fortify and strengthen both.

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Forever (0.04 oz): Treat lips to subtle color and supreme softness with this sheer and buildable tinted lip balm. Packed with organic ingredients including cocoa butter, olive fruit oil, jasmine oil and vitamin E, it works to hydrate, replenish and soothe lips.

Chantecaille Rose De Mai Cream (5ml): Inspired by the soft, dewy purity of a fresh rose petal, this advanced formula provides intense moisturization.

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (0.5 fl oz/15 ml): Treat your complexion to an overnight spa session with this indulgent moisturizer.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (1oz): This intensive weekly treatment helps to restore essential hydration and enhance hair’s resilience and strength with every use.

Patchology Clean AF Cleansing Wipes (15 pack): Never wake up in your makeup again thanks to these vitamin-enriched face wipes. Not only will they help to remove all traces of makeup, oil and debris they’ll also leave your skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

Verso Hydration Serum with Niacinamide (10 ml): Reinforce skin’s protective barrier with this intense formulation, which offers lasting protection for dry skin.

Coola Makeup Setting Spray (10ml): Keep makeup from shifting and melting with this SPF setting spray that helps to keep skin looking fresh throughout the day.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray (30ml/1oz): Turn up the volume with this blow-dry essential that delivers soft, touchable body.

Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask (10ml): Infused with active ingredients, including algae extract and comfrey root, this nourishing mask will impart brighter, glowing skin, and help reduce inflammation.

111SKIN Clinical Exfoliator (0.35oz): This innovative exfoliator transforms from a gel to fluid to ensure quick and easy absorption into the skin.

MALIN + GOETZ AHA Treatment Solution (0.2 fl oz): This exfoliating treatment also acts as a lightweight hydrator, replenishing moisture and minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores while reducing excess oil.

Goldfaden MD Skin Balancing Mask (7 ml): The ultimate face mask for a tired complexion. Rich in botanical extracts, it features a unique blend of enzymes and multi-peptides designed to help revitalize and energise the skin.

Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream (7ml): Banish tired, dull skin and say hello to skin that looks healthier and more radiant with this special formula that works to restore skin’s natural vitality and health.

Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum Crystal (0.17): Tackle tired skin with this triple-action flash radiance serum designed to elevate facial contours, brighten features and energize the complexion.

Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask (8 ml): Restore radiance with this multi-tasking mask. Potent antioxidants and amino acids work to plump and firm, while exfoliating acids whisk away dry or dull cells, revealing a glowing complexion.

Kevyn Auction The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Cerise (0.024 oz): Jojoba seed oil ensures this lip pencil glides over lips, giving a beautifully defined, clean line. The clever formula both hydrates with vitamin E, and locks your lip color in place for longer.

Miriam Quevedo Platinum & Diamond Luxurious Mask (50 ml): Repair damaged hair with this anti-aging mask that works to restore volume. Active ingredients work from the scalp right into each fiber, helping to restore each strand of hair from the inside out.

REN Radiance Glow Daily Vitamin Gel Cream (0.51 oz): Boost skin’s defences with this lightweight gel moisturizer, which contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C to prevent hyperpigmentation and reveal new bounce and luminosity.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil (1.7 oz/10 ml): A true hair hero, especially for colored or damaged tresses, this creamy mask gets to work in minutes. Prickly pear antioxidants revive and regenerate, while plant ceramides strengthen hair and increase shine.

Emma Kardie Brilliant Face Oil (0.17oz): Feather-light yet brimming with nutrients, this oil comprises a blend of nine essential oils and five plant oils to help promote elasticity and deeply hydrate the complexion.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder Deluxe (0.45oz): Achieve an airbrushed finish with this innovative powder, which combines mattifying silica microbeads with hyaluronic acid to help keep skin smooth and hydrated throughout the day.

RAHUA Classic Conditioner (22ml): Revive lackluster locks with this cult conditioner, starring rahua nut oil. Harvested in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, this wonder ingredient is rich in omega 9 to fortify and boost hair health.

Lipstick Queen Mini Altered Universe Time Warp (0.08 fl oz): Achieve out-of-this-world volume and shine with this gloss, which shifts between two shades to give a multi-dimensional effect. Crushed pearls capture and reflect light, illuminating your entire complexion.

R&CO Deluxe Waterfall Moisture + Shine (15 ml):  Lusting after soft, shiny locks? This lightweight lotion will help to create a cascade of glorious tresses, thanks to reparative babassu oil and smoothing witch hazel.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer ( 0.13 fl oz): Intensely nourishing hyaluronic acid, squalane and ceramides provide long-lasting hydration, while the brand’s patented blend of acids promotes skin cell turnover for refined texture.

Derma Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Serum (0.17 oz): An impressive roster of scientifically advanced ingredients in this serum works to improve elasticity and restore lost volume. Exclusive Fillift technology helps to boost collagen production, reduce fine lines and enhance smoothness.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hakuhodo + Sephora Pro Otsubu Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush

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Among my purchases from the ongoing Sephora Sale is the Hakuhodo + Sephora Pro Otsubu Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush that I just had to have. It's not that I actually needed another makeup brush, because I have more than enough brushes, but I have collected Hakuhodo brushes for many years and couldn't resist this one given its inherent affordability.
Hakuhodo + Sephora Pro Otsubu Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush is a very nice synthetic pointed powder brush with a tapered head that is perfect for contouring, applying bronzer, blush and other powder products. The head is densely packed with soft and fluffy synthetic bristles that effortlessly pick up, deposit and blend powders, and the tapered pointed tip allows for precise control. The bristles are neither too soft, which lends itself to being floppy and ineffective, nor too taut, which lends itself to being harsh and potentially scratchy against the skin. It has a beautiful red lacquered handle (I think that it is wood) and a sturdy metal ferrule with a matte black finish. The brush is well-balanced, comfortable in the hand and very easy to use.
As I have said before, if you are a collector of Hakuhodo brushes, you probably are quite accustomed to using their animal hair bristles, though they do have quite an impressive collection of synthetic brushes as well, and therefore you may already have a preference for animal hair brushes. However, if you are among the many people who prefer to use synthetic brushes, then this brush is definitely worthy of your consideration, and it lives up to Hakuhodo's legendary quality.
According to Sephora,

A revolutionary line of brushes created through a collaboration between the Sephora Pro team and traditional Japanese craftsmen. The brush shapes were chosen for their precision, control, and ability to function as multitaskers.

Otsubu Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush is a pointed powder brush to apply powder, contour, or bronzer.

These beautiful brushes feature an innovative synthetic bristle material—the first to benefit from exclusive technology—that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair. The result of the first ever collaboration between a beauty company and highly-skilled traditional Hakuho-do craftsmen, these brushes benefit from the expertise of the Sephora Pro team and are handmade in Japan using a traditional, 200-year-old manufacturing technique. This ensures the highest quality design, materials, and assembly for astounding results. 
 The whole brush measures about 8 inches long.
 The brush head features soft and densely packed synthetic bristles.
This brush does not contain animal hair and it was not tested on animals.
 The sturdy red box offers elegant presentation, and therefore makes it a great gift.
Overall Assessment:While I certainly didn't need to buy another makeup brush, this Hakuhodo was a worthwhile purchase for me. It is still available, and on sale– therefore ,if you are interested you don't have to miss out. It's beautiful red box and red handle also makes this a nice Valentine's or Galntine's Day gift.

$32.00 (Regularly $49.00) from Sephora (Affiliate Links).
Purchased. All views expressed expressed are categorically my own.
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