I have not shown you any of the brushes that I use for my makeup routine. As a result I have decided to do mini reviews of the brushes that I use on a daily or almost daily basis. This should give you some insight in to the brands of brushes that I tend to prefer.
Full Tapered Shadow Brush (Bare Essentials) – I am not sure if I just have an extremely large eye lid, or what, but this shadow brush covers just my moveable lid. I like it mostly cause it is softer than the MAC brushes (I find them scratch in all honesty). This also eliminates the streakyness I sometimes get with ‘typical’ size shadow brushes since they are to narrow for my giant eyelids.
Soft Focus Shadow Brush (Bare Essentials) – I went through a large number of blending brushes before settling on this one, including Bobbi Brown and Aveda. All the other brushes I tested were either to0 scratchy, or too loosely packed, or some other issue involved that just did not make them work for me. The hairs on this brush are soft and pliable. They do a really good job blending my shadow, and do not move it so much that it becomes a muddy mess.
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Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cleanser – I have only been using this for a little over a week, however I really like this product. This product makes my skin feel similar to it does with other sensitive skin cleansers. What really sold me on this product is the oatmeal and lemongrass scent. While not a typical combination for a skin care scent, it makes the product extremely refreshing and comforting.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant – This exfoliant does not have any scrubby beads or bits. In fact this is ment to be used daily, however for those who find other scrubs made for sensitive skin (like St. Ives apricot Scrub) to abrasive this is a great option.
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Fekkai Protein Rx Daily Protein Fortifier – I used this nightly to help add protein to my very fine and thin blonde hair. I am not sure if it really made any difference, it smelled nice however was a bit ‘oily’ in comparison to other protein treatments I have previously used.
Aveda All Sensitive Cleanser – Left my skin feeling clean and did not create a tightening sensation. This product has been discontinued however since it contained some ingredients that were known allergens.
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This month, curiously enough, not a single cosmetic item has made its way into my top five. A good part of this is likely due to the fact that having had surgery earlier in the month a good week or two was spent with absolutely no makeup, and only minimal personal hygiene (not by choice but by doctors orders).
- Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution – I know that positive reviews of this product are few and far between. However, it has made huge improvements to my scalp. While those who suffer from dandruff caused by some sort of bacterial or fungal issue will receive no benefit from this product minor issues are solved by this. I mainly use this to rid my scalp of the occasional blemish, and get rid of scalp itchiness.
- Lisa Hoffman Night & Day, Vitamin A & C Serum – I received this product as a gift with a purchase from dermstore. At first I was not sure if I would actually use it since I have never previously used a serum. However I find this product to not only make my skin feel smooth, but it also helps improve the discoloration from fresh blemishes.
- Kenra Curl Defining Cream – This curling cream seems to make my hair curlier than I had expected, since the curl is significantly more pronounced once the hair dries. But the real reason this made this list is the smell, which is reminiscent of strawberry bubblicous, but is subtle enough that once the product is in my hair i can no longer smell it.
- The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Stick – Originally purchased so I could attempt to diminish some stretch marks and kitten scratches, It has now found yet another job in diminishing my surgery scars.
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Al Intense Acne Spot Treatment – This is the first acne treatment I have purchased that I would consider ‘high end’ but I can certainly tell the difference. I do use this daily as an all over treatment and find it not only keeps acne at bay but helps the occasional bump go away quicker.