Crown Brush Studio Pro set 626 – Part 2

If you missed part one of the review, it is here.

Today I’ll be reviewing the eye brushes from the Crown Brush Studio Pro set 626. I had to guess which type of fibre / hair was used for the brushes (if I am wrong, please do let me know so I can correct the info) – based on this page from the Crown Brush Australia site. Both the UK and Australian Crown Brush websites are so much better than the U.S. and Canadian sites.

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First we have the pro blending crease brush, it is a natural hair brush, most likely a natural goat fibre.

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I used it yesterday, so the dark tip is actually eyeshadow, not the actual fibres. I love this one, I’ve used it several times since getting this set.

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Up next is the precision brush. I think that this one is a natural goat hair brush.

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This one is great for smudging shadow / liner, or for laying down the outer v.

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Next is the pro blending fluff brush. It is a goat / sable hair mix.

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This one is so soft and fluffy (in a good way), it makes blending so much easier.

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Next is the oval concealer brush. I’m not 100% sure if this one is red sable or if it is synthetic – the bristles are soft, yet firm.

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It is for applying concealer, primer, or cream shadows. I think that it is more likely to be synthetic than sable since on the website it says that synthetic hair brushes are best for liquids and creams. I’ve only tested this one with concealer, and yesterday morning I accidentally used it with a loose eyeshadow pigment. (It worked great by the way, haha!)

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Next is the angled liner brush. It is very soft, I think that this one is synthetic.

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Great for eyeliner, or applying eyeshadow wet as an eyeliner. I’ve only used this once since I usually either use my pencil liner or my liquid liner that comes with its own brush.

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And last but not least is the pointed liner brush. The bristles are super delicate.I think that the bristles are synthetic.Crown5

This one would be great for using your eyeshadow wet as a liner. I haven’t actually used this one yet.

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The brush roll is faux leather which means that it is super easy to keep clean, you can just wipe it with a damp cloth. It has slots to hold all eleven brushes, with a protective flap that fold over the bristles when the roll is closed.

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I don’t store my brushes in the roll – I have pretty Ikea containers for storage, and a Benjabelle brush tree for when I’m cleaning and drying my brushes, but the brush roll will be so great when travelling because it will keep them protected in my luggage.

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Final verdict: I’m really glad that I took a chance and ordered this brush set. The price and quality are great. I’m probably not going to use the pointed liner brush all that much, but the rest of the brush set I know that I will definitely make use of. I only have two complaints about this set, the first being that I wish that it had come with an insert that explained what each brush was for and what type of bristles was used in each brush instead of having to look it up and figure it out. The second is that I wish that this set had a fan brush. Not a deal breaker for me since I know that I’ve lived this long without a fan brush, so I’m sure that I’ll survive a little longer without one!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Something a little different – My Running Essentials

So this morning I was all set to continue with part two of my Crown Brush review. Guess what? My lens malfunctioned and ALL OF THE PHOTOS that I took yesterday in preparation for this morning’s post are all slightly out of focus and unusable. It is really overcast this morning and the light is horrible, so I will have to postpone the review until Wednesday so I can re-shoot the photos.

Rather than skip posting, I’m going to tell you about my running essentials.

I had to take a few weeks off from running because my knees were troublesome almost all summer. Yesterday was a sunny but cool morning, so I decided to attempt a to go for a run because my knees were feeling ok. This was my first run in several weeks. I had expected my endurance to be terrible, but I managed to run much further than I had expected before needing to slow down to a walk and catch my breath. My knees feel great today, so I’m hoping to be able to go for another run in the next couple of days.

When I run by myself I use the Zombies, Run! app. It gives a storyline to listen with your own playlist in between the story clips. There is a 5k training version of this app which is a really fun way to get started in a running program. I like that it keeps track of my mileage and pace per km because it is a great way to track progress.

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When I run with Mr. Al, I use the Runkeeper app to track my mileage and pace, since I don’t use headphones when we run together. It is also great for tracking your progress.

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To keep me from dropping my phone, I have a little waistbelt called a SPIbelt. It is a tiny little pouch that expands to hold my iPhone so I don’t drop it while I’m running. It keeps it flat to the body and doesn’t bounce around. I like it better than sticking my iPhone in my pocket and having it make my pants fall down while trying to run.

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One of the most important things for running is good footwear. I highly recommend going to a running store and having them do a running analysis on you so you can get running shoes that work for your foot and stride type. I got my analysis done at a running store, found out what type of shoes work best for me, and then bought my running shoes at Winners because they actually had the ones that worked for my feet at a way cheaper price because they were the previous year’s model.

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The other important thing for running is a good sportsbra. I’ve had several different brands over the years, with varying levels of comfort, and I have to say that the sportsbras from Moving Comfort are truly the best ones that I’ve ever worn. I have both the Fiona and Maia styles. I like the Maia sprortsbra the best because it has a gel insert in the straps and in the bottom band which makes it a lot more comfortable to wear.

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Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Crown brush review part two will be coming on Wednesday morning.

Disclosure: I purchased all the things!

Crown Brush Studio Pro Set 626 – Part 1

Hello, hello! I decided to split my review of the Crown Brush Studio Pro set 626 into two parts. Today I’m reviewing the face brushes from the set that I gave a sneak peak of here.

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I’ve been slowly adding to my brush collection, and replacing them with better quality, cruelty free brushes.

All Crown Brushes are 100% Animal Cruelty Free.

Absolutely no animals are harmed or destroyed for the purpose of making our brushes!

This set has both natural and synthetic hair bristles, depending on the type of brush. Here is a little explanation from the Crown Brush UK website (which is far more informative than the Canadian website, by the way).

Crownbrush recommend using a synthetic haired brush for anything ‘wet’ i.e. liquid foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, cream blush etc. The synthetic hair gives a streak free finish and doesn’t soak up the product as much as natural hair. Natural hair brushes are the best for anything ‘dry’ i.e. mineral foundation, face powder, bronzer, blusher etc. The natural hair grabs the powder particles and places them on skin rather than falling off the brush onto your jumper!

And here’s a little info on their natural hair bristles:

There are different types of natural hair and they all have a different feel. Badger hair and red sable feel the softest, whereas sable and goat hair feel firmer.  It is down to personal preference which hair type is preferred. We also stock a range of duo fibre brushes; these help achieve an airbrushed finish. The white synthetic tip will place the product on the skin and spread it evenly; the black natural hair will buff the top of the product and so achieving an airbrushed finish.

One of my complaints about the set is that it did not come with a little card that tells me what each of the brushes is used for, but thankfully on the Crown Brush UK site, it lists each one in the set.

First up is the powder dome brush, which looks to be a sable and goat hair brush.

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I’ve been using this one to apply my Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation.

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Next is the duo fibre face brush which can be used for powder foundations, bronzers, and even for  liquid foundations, made from a combination of goat (dark bristles) and synthetic (white bristles).

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This one is super soft. I’ve been using this both to apply my powder, or to make sure that there isn’t any excess powder on my face

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Next is the oval foundation brush, made from synthetic fibres. This bristles are firm but very soft on the skin.

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Next is the contour blush brush. This one has natural hair bristles, I think that it is capra or goat.

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The angled bristles are great for contouring and blush application. I’ve been using this one for blush.

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Next is the chisel blush brush. Like the large dome powder brush, this one has natural hair bristles in a sable and goat mix.

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I’ve been using this one for both blush and for highlighting. Great for a super soft flushed cheek look.

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So there you have it, part one of the Crown Brush Studio Pro set 626 – the face brushes. Part two of the review will be posted next week.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Oz Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum Review

I haven’t done a facial skincare review in a little while because I wanted to test the Oz Naturals Retinol Serum for a few weeks to give my skin a chance to adjust to a new product. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I have been using the Resist Retinol Serum from Paula’s Choice for several months. I found that once my skin adjusted to the retinol, I was able to move from using it every second or third night to every night without any sensitivity issues (review is here).

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After reading several reviews of various Oz Naturals products, I decided to research the brand, and found that they had recently introduced a retinol serum into their line. Here is a little screen capture from their website about Oz Naturals:

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I knew that I wanted to try out several of their skincare products. But since I have sensitive skin, I can only introduce one product at a time so I can monitor whether or not my skin can tolerate a product.

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This retinol serum contains a few added ingredients that combined with retinol, are supposed to be have an anti-wrinkle, anti-aging effect. The key ingredients are Retinol, Astaxanthin, and Phospolipids. Below is a quick explanation of the properties and benefits of each (taken from the Oz Naturals website):

Retinol:
This Vitamin A derivative treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, dullness, crepiness, and sagging skin you name it, it does it. Retinol speeds up cell turnover, rids the skin of dead cells that cause dullness, and boosts collagen and elastin by stimulating cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. Retinol also increases blood-vessel formation for better skin circulation, so skin appears much healthier.

Astaxanthin:
A powerful antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory effects. Its unique molecular structure allows it to reside in the cell membrane, and to protect the inside and outside of cells from free radical attack. Research shows that astaxanthin taken as an oral supplement can help protect the skin from UV damage, minimize wrinkles, and reduce hyper pigmentation.

Phospholipids:
A broad group of naturally-occurring molecules which includes fats, waxes, sterols, and fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E and K.) The main biological functions of lipids include energy storage as structural components of cell membranes, and as important signalling molecules but that’s not all. These “heads and tails” organize themselves into bio-layers that gives them a structure similar to that of skin. Because of this it is said that products that contain them have an affinity with the skin, and a higher tolerance. And, what’s more, phospholipids retain their structure when applied topically.

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The review:

I was a little nervous in trying this serum out because it has a 2.5% concentration of retinol in it. When I tried the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment from Paula’s Choice, my skin reacted badly, with stinging, redness and dryness despite having no problem using the Resist Retinol Serum from Paula’s Choice.

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My fear was unfounded. The Oz Naturals Retinol Serum did NOT irritate my sensitive skin at all. In fact, my skin seems to be less easily irritated and less prone to reacting. I think that it is the combination of ingredients that reduces the harshness of the retinol. It works better with my skin that any other retinol that I’ve ever used. It helps minimize fine lines and evens out my skintone.

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The serum is light amber in colour, and absorbs quickly into the skin. Very minimal to no scent (a huge plus).

I will definitely purchase this serum again, and I plan on testing out a few other products from Oz Naturals once I use up my current stash of skincare products.

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Happy 6 Month Blogiversary to Me!

Hello there my lovelies!

For some reason I had thought that my 6 month blogiversary was on the 27th, but it turns out that my very first blog post was on March 13th. So I accidentally missed the actual 6 month blogiversary, oops.

Happy 6 month blogiversary to me!

I just wanted to take a moment and thank each and every one of my followers. ❤

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me along the way. ❤

Thank you to those who have liked and commented on my posts. ❤

Here’s to another 6 months!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Lush – The Comforter Bubble Bar

I’m still slowly working my way through my little haul from Lush. Previous reviews from the haul are here, here and here.

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I love having a nice hot bath, and adding in a bath bomb or a bubble bar just makes it all so much better! This time I used one of Lush’s Bubble Bars called The Comforter. Here’s what it says on the Lush website:

When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for passionately purple water and creamy, comforting bubbles. This massive slice of vibrant fruitiness gives you the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug and gently consoled by the friendly fruity aroma of a blackcurrant candy. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter would. Snuggle in, and stay undercover until you’re ready to face the world once again. Even better, each bar creates two baths of fruity comfort.

I love this one, the blackcurrant scent is unbelievable, and it creates loads of bubbles.

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The description says that you can get two baths worth of bubbles, but I’ve already used this one twice, and I still have enough left for a third bath! Not only is the scent glorious, and the amount of bubbles impressive, it is extremely moisturizing on my sensitive skin. I don’t know what the lush bubble bars look like elsewhere, but they are oval shaped, kind of like a slice of a loaf of homemade bread, and not perfectly round like pictured on the website.

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The water turned a nice pink, not purple at all as described on the website. Thankfully there was no tub staining, and only minimal clean up – the cocoa butter sometimes leaves little bits that re-solidify when they cool off if you miss a spot cleaning the tub – but it is easily wiped up.

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I will definitely be buying this one again.

Disclosure: I purchased this partly with my own money, and partly with a gift card given to me from a friend.

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Sneak Peek – Crown Brush Studio Pro Set

Sorry for posting a few hours later than I usually do! But better late than never, right?

I ordered a set of Crown Brushes in early to mid August, and they finally arrived YESTERDAY* just as I was about to run out the door for an appointment. I haven’t even gotten to try them out yet, but I really wanted to give you a little sneak peak at what I will be trying out over the next couple of days.

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This is set 626, which is an 11 piece Studio PRO brush set that comes in a faux leather brush roll.

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I’ve basically doubled my brush collection!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

*I didn’t order directly from Crown Brush, so the delay in receiving my order has nothing to do with them.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation

Today I’m going to show you my new HD powder foundation from Nyx, the stay matte but not flat powder foundation. Here’s what it says on the Nyx website:

Want a matte finish to help you achieve a flawless complexion? The Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation comes in a variety of gorgeous shades that provide the perfect finish to flatter all skin tones! You’ll look naturally flawless with minimal effort!

 Let’s start off by taking a look at the packaging. On the back it says that the Nyx stay matte but not flat powder foundation is mineral enriched, and formulated without talc, is oil free, and water resistant.

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It is available in 20 different shades, I purchased the powder in shade nude because it was the lightest shade that was in stock at the time, but porcelain or creamy natural would probably suit my skin better once my “tan” (which is not a tan by most people’s standards) fades back to my normal pinky / peachy toned pale. Out of the 20 different shades that I saw online, they looked to be mostly in the light to medium shades, with only two options for darker skin tones, and three medium deep shades. This will pose a problem for those with darker skin tones.

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I’ve been wearing it over my e.l.f. BB cream, or just with moisturizer and concealer and it works great with both, providing me with a nice matte but not chalky finish.

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The powder is finely milled and blends well. I’ve been using my Sephora mineral powder brush for applying, but it comes with a round sponge that you can use wet or dry, depending on the level of coverage that you need. Since I use it dry, I would describe the coverage as light, but buildable to medium if I used the sponge (dry). On the packaging it say that you can achieve full coverage using the sponge dry, and to apply with a wet / damp sponge to achieve heavy duty coverage. Personally I think that you could probably achieve a medium to full coverage with a damp sponge. So if you want a full to heavy duty coverage then this is probably not the foundation one for you.

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Verdict: I really like this powder foundation as it blends well into my skin and gives a nice mattifying effect.

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤