My Top 4 Makeup Brushes- Featuring Ecotools and Bare Escentuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi beauties!

It’s cloudy here, but hopefully Mother Nature has made it sunny near you!

Today I wanted to tell you about my favorite brushes.  I have various makeup brushes, but these are the four that I constantly reach for!

My Favorite Eyeshadow Brush: Bareminerals Shape & Define Double-Ended Brush (Far right)

 

(The eyeliner side)

 

 

This is just a wonderful brush.  The shaping side allows you to blend eyeshadows with ease on your lid.  Then the eyeliner side gives a precise application of eyeliner, or- how I typically use it- to apply white/light cream colored eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye.  A light colored shadow on the inner corner of your eye helps brighten the eye area (which I love!)

My Favorite Powder Brush: Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush (Second from right)

My favorite powder brush is not actually called a powder brush.  Instead, it is Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush.  Their powder brush was just too big for me.  So, I decided to try their blush brush as a powder brush.  It is wonderful!  The bristles are so soft and just glide across my face.  It applies enough powder, but not too much that you can see it.  What is also nice about this Ecotools blush brush is that it has taklon bristles that are cruelty free, has a recycled aluminum ferrule, and a bamboo handle.  So, the Ecotools brushes really are good for you and Mother Nature!

(If you’re wondering how the Ecotools blush brush performs as a blush brush, I do like it for that.  Yet, it does deposit much more product at once compared to other blush brushes.  If you want a stronger blush look, this is a very nice blush brush.  Otherwise, you have to be careful how much blush is getting on the brush.  So, if you want a more natural look, or are just starting to use blush, I would recommend a stippling brush for blush instead.  It is more fool proof.)

My Favorite Blush Brush: Bareminerals Feather Light Brush (Second from left)

I had roscea from when I was about nine years old until high school.  So, I was very reluctant to use blush until this past year.  This brush makes applying blush super easy.  With this stippling brush, the blush looks natural, but you can still see it.  Perfect!

My Favorite Liquid Foundation Brush: Bareminerals Light Stroke Brush (Left)

This brush allows you to have complete control when you are applying liquid foundation.  It gives you a nice coverage without looking cakey.

Those are my four favorite makeup brushes!  I hope they give you ideas for what brushes you can use.  And remember: just because a brush is advertised as meant for a specific purpose (ex. powder brush, blush brush, etc.) does not mean that you have to use it for that purpose.  Play around and see what brushes you personally like for different types of makeup!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note: These three Baremineral brushes all came in kits I purchased a couple of years ago.  The Ecotools brush I received free- not due to my blog but because I participated in their Live Beautifully Campaign last year.  I was not contacted by either Bareminerals or Ecotools, and I am not being compensated for this post.  I just love these brushes and wanted to share them with you! 🙂

The Ecotools Blush Brush averages between $7 and $10, and is available (including but not limited to) at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and Amazon.  The Bareminerals Feather Light Brush is available at www.qvc.com for $24.  The Bareminerals Light Stroke Brush is available at www.qvc.com and www.bareescentuals.com for $20.  The Bareminerals Shape & Define Brush is no longer available (there are some on ebay though)- but you can buy the eyeliner brush separately for $12 at www.bareescentuals.com.  For the other side of this brush, look for a tapered blending eyeshadow brush. 🙂

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My Favorite Natural Products of 2011!

Hello!  I hope the sun is shining in your area of the world today!

So, I decided to do another video~ this time showcasing my favorite products of 2011 that are all natural products!  I try very hard to find and use products that are good for my health as well as good overall products.  These are all of my favs and I wanted to share them with you!  I love all of these products that I just keep buying more of them when I run out. 🙂

And yes, as I mention in the video, many of these products are the only product in their category that I use!  I didn’t realize how true this was until I watched this video 🙂

I’m probably not going to post all of my youtube videos on my blog since some ideas I’m thinking about doing are maybe more youtubeland than my blog.  However, if any of you would like to see them, you can either go to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature, or if you would prefer me just posting them on this blog too, let me know!  🙂

The products I mentioned in this video are:

1) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot (Available at Sephora.com, QVC.com, and Josiemarancosmetics.com typically for $35 each)

2) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (Available at websites mentioned above; 1.7 oz for $48; 0.5 oz for $14; or 4oz for $96)

3) ArganUSA Argan Oil 32 oz (Available at zamourispices.com for $100 in plastic, or $110 in glass)

4) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Lavender and Unscented Baby-Mild (Available at Target and drbronner.com for about $4.49 each)

5) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray USDA certified organic (Available at drbronner.com for $3.99; it was available at Target, but I don’t believe it is anymore)

6) Josie Maran Argan Lip Gloss (These are only available at josiemarancosmetics.com for $18.  QVC and Sephora only have her Natural Volume Lip Glosses which I have not tried)

7) And lastly- Local Pure Honey!  or USDA Certified Organic Honey

I hope you enjoyed this video~ If you have any questions, or want to request a video, please leave them in the comment section below! 🙂

Also, check out my blog at http://www.sunnymothernature.wordpress.com

(I’m still using my laptop to record, so I know the quality isn’t the best.)

FTC: I bought all of the products mentioned in this video myself, except for this round of honey which was a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law, and this round of the Dr. Bronner products were Christmas presents from my parents 🙂  I do typically buy my products either in kits, or when there are sales, to save money though.  Also, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor was I contacted by any of them.  I just love all of these products and wanted to share them with you!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

What is Co-Washing/ Conditioner Washing? An Alternative to Wen and a Way to Healthier Hair!

Hi everyone!

So, here is a hopefully more detailed description of what co-washing is, and how to co-wash your hair that Romi Madia requested!

I decided to try doing a vlog on it, hoping that it will be easier to understand what co-washing is, if I can be seen while explaining it, instead of me just trying to explain through written words.

Let me know if you like the idea of me doing more vlogs, if you’d prefer just more blog posts, or if you like the idea of both!

I hope you enjoy!

Here’s the info that I put into the description box 🙂

Co-washing, aka Conditioner Washing, is cleansing your hair with conditioner, instead of shampoo.  Although it sounds like it wouldn’t work, it really does!  Co-washing does not strip your hair like shampoo does.  So, your hair is healthier, shiny, smooth, and soft!

The products that I showed in this video are:

*Suave Rosemary and Mint Invigorating Clean Conditioner

*Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner

I only use Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner as my co-washing conditioner anymore.  For the once every couple of weeks clarifying, I use the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo.

The other conditioners I have used for co-washing that work include V05 Repair and Protect Strengthening Conditioner, V05 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Conditioner, and Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner.

Link to my Wen vs. Co-washing posts: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/category/wen-cleansing-conditioners-vs…

If you have any more questions, or have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!  And if you like my videos and posts, please subscribe~ it makes me happy 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

FTC:  I did not receive any of these products from any company, nor am I being paid for this video/ including these products in this video.  I bought both of the conditioners myself, and the shampoo was a Christmas present from my boyfriend 🙂