If streaks from self tanning lotions are keeping you from getting a bronzy glow, check out the Bronze Buffer, a new chemical-free sponge that’s supposed to exfoliate away splotchy streaks from self tanning lotions. I haven’t had the chance to use it, but it’s worth a shot if you tend to streak since they can sometimes take days to fade out.
When picking up a new hairbrush for my daughter recently, I noticed that the feel of the bristles reminded me of something familiar, my Shiseido face brush I used for years. I still recommend that $25 brush to those who want the Clarisonic experience but not the steep price, but this baby brush with the identical feel to Shiseido’s for just a few bucks is an even better value. Just get the softest one you can find and the smallest so it’s more face contour-friendly. THIS one shown below isn’t what I have, but I’m sure it would do the trick.
If you’re a bronzer lover like me, then the best bet for a natural looking application every time is using a big fluffy brush. The bigger the brush, the wider you can disperse the product so isn’t applied so densely giving the face a streaky or harsh look. I’m loving Elizabeth Arden’s All Over Face Powder Brush ($22) which can be used to apply al things powder to the face. Its coverage is so great that just a few sweeps of bronzer is needed to create a warm glow on the face easily carrying the color down to the neck so there isn’t a harsh contrast between the two. It makes bronzing a ton easier.
And speaking of Arden.. I got to try their bronzers and wow – they’re pretty great. They went straight into my kit actually replacing a few that I didn’t use/like anyway (Bobbi Shimmer bricks if you mush know. Holy shimmer overload Batman.) Pure Finish Bronze Powder ($38) comes in 3 shades of intensity, all being matte but not exactly flat meaning they have a hint of pickup to them so they’re easier to wear and blend without looking shimmery. Not just a makeup, it has antioxidants, minerals, and skin-energizing ingredients with a light hint of rose scent. They’re really balanced and some of the best I’ve used, totally worth checking out.
You think you have beauty product known to (wo)man you’ll ever need. You’re the Macgyver of beauty, the one your friends go to when they need something to grow their brows, plump their lips, and make their skin glow. Would it surprise you to find out that you’re missing a few things? These uniquely cool offerings will add value to your beauty arsenal and sharpen your routine not to mention hold firm your reputation as your friends’ resident beauty know-it-all.
You Don’t Have: An Eyeliner This Color
Aside from the fact that the wear time of this liner is limitless, the color is nothing short of incredible. Every woman should own Estée Lauder’s Silver Zinc liner, a somewhat smokey grey with a touch of warmth. I’ve been using it to line under the eyes while still using black on top. It breaks up the look and adds a softness where black might be overpowering especially during the day. It’s a totally eye catching look that works on all ages and skin tones. FYI- it’s a limited edition color, grab one while they’re still available, I predict they’ll sell out soon.
You Don’t Have: A Shower in a Bottle
Admit it, there are days when laziness wins and the daily shower gets pushed aside. Instead of piling on a fragrance, you can spray on a shower-fresh scent like Lush’s Dirty Body Spray (nice name btw.) It’s meant to neutralize a not so fresh scent with their own yummy blend to successfully fake out the noses around you into smelling a much cleaner you.
You Don’t Have: Professional-Grade Vegan Brushes
Makeup Artist Samantha Champan knows what makes a good brush and her brush line reflects just that. They’re made with synthetic taklon brushes, so they’re vegan and 100% cruelty free. They’re ultra plush, high performing, and designed to take up minimal room- each one stands up on its end. Grab them at Ulta where you’ll find sets of 3 or 4 brushes being offered for less than you’d normally pay for just one in a department store.
You Don’t Have: A Waterproof Bronzer
Cargo is known for their legendary cheek colors and bronzers. This huge tin of perfectly balanced Water Resistant Bronzer is in my kit so I can bronze brides who have a good amount of dancing (and sweating) to do. It doesn’t move or change color even in the most humid conditions making it a go-to for the Makeup Artists on Dancing With the Stars.
You Don’t Have: Gluten Free Skincare
Brittanie’s Thyme is one of the better USDA certified organic lines out there with solid gluten-free options. This kit includes one of my favs from the line, their Organic Everyday Moisturizer that uses a base of Aloe and Coconut Oil to gently moisturize and nourish even the most delicate skin.
You Don’t Have: Razor Burn Relief
Res-Q from Satin Smooth delivers quick rescue for ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and skin irritation after waxing, shaving, or threading. It’s one of those really useful things to have around in case of emergencies or to use daily if you’re prone to skin irritation from shaving.
You Don’t Have: A Cleanser That Smells This Good
My beloved Sanitas has this Lemon Cream Cleanser that I swear smells like a really decadent dessert. Sure it removes makeup and acts as a gentle, all-around great cleanser with hydrators and vitamins, but it’s the scent that makes using it an addiction.
Words can’t express how much I love my Beauty Blender. I bought one at Makeup Mania last year and soon returned to buy another, it’s one of a few select products that are fantastic enough end up in my professional kit as well as my personal one. I’ve come to believe it’s 80% of a foundation application. Honestly. I can take a mediocre foundation and make it look flawless using the Beauty Blender.
You first dampen this latex-free egg shaped sponge with water before using it to press in liquid foundation all over the face (use the tip in hard to reach areas like around the nose and mouth.) It magically presses the foundation perfectly into the skin without wiping it away giving you complete coverage and a professional looking application. I should start selling them because every client I use it on is sold and wants to buy it on the spot.
If you’re wearing foundation every day (or even most days), it’s worth it to pick one up. Wash it often and it will last many years – the one in my kit is used and washed a ton and still looks brand new.