July 2017 Favorites

July 2017 Favorites
1. Small Nalgene Containers, varies / 2. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner 32oz, $36 / 3. Tanwise Facial Sunless Tanner, $7 / 4. S’Well Milky Way, varies

I had a hell of a time with my image editing software this month and simply couldn’t create a cutesy, pin-worthy (ha, right) graphic this month. My July 2017 Favorites have images in line with the text itself.

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Worth it? Color Switch by Vera Mona

I picked up the Color Switch by Vera Mona during the most recent BI sale. I find myself using the same few brushes again and again, even in the same look. Wiping brushes off on a tissue doesn’t do much, and although I love Cinema Secrets, I don’t want to use it in my brushes every day I wear makeup.

Okay, but what is it?

The $18 Color Switch is a tin filled with a disc-shaped, rough mesh sponge not unlike the material used in a bun ring . As bristles are drawn across the surface, product is jostled away and falls down into the cells of the sponge.

There is a slightly smaller $14 one as well.

Does it Work?

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Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

We all need to take care of our beauty tools. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a blog giveaway, and since it’s such a big deal to me, I’m giving away a Real Techniques Brush Palette, which I wrote about in August. Enter via the Gleam.io widget, below. Entries, as always, will be validated – so be sure to follow the instructions (leave a comment, etc).

Winners will be announced Thursday, September 22.

Why?

It should go without saying that maintaining your tools is extremely important. That concept isn’t remotely unique to beauty. It’s true of the kitchen, garden, construction, woodworking, electronics, and oh – basically any other activity you can reasonably think of that is heavily dependent on tools. If your tools aren’t clean, they aren’t going to perform as well as they could have (regardless of their manufacture quality) – with beauty tools, you might not get the application you want. You will also not get the same lifespan out of that tool. Furthermore, there’s hygiene to consider.

On Hygiene

A final note for those of you who literally never wash your brushes. Makeup brushes and sponges come into contact with far fewer things than our hands, but can you imagine if you never washed your hands? Or even just the towel you use to dry your face (be it the one you dry your body with, or a dedicated one). Yeah. Enter the giveaway!

Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

 

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, $15

If you’re like me, the idea of shelling out for a Sigma Spa Glove is uncomfortable. It isn’t that there’s anything wrong with it as a tool, I just prefer to allocate my beauty budget to other things. Fortunately, the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette that is 1) inexpensive, 2) gets the job done, and 3) does not require a ton of storage space. I thought I published a post about this back in June, but when checking my archives, it was nowhere to be found – so new photos and a rewrite it is!

For I while, I was (ridiculously) using the lid of a Ziploc container lid to help agitate cleanser into my bristles. Did it work? Sure. It’s a frugal solution, and it worked well enough. But then I was misplacing lids (oops)…it was time to get a dedicated tool. I picked the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette on sale at Ulta for $8 (regularly $15) and have gotten a TON of use out of it in the last three months. I use Cinema Secrets for quick-changes, but brushes do require proper washing from time-to-time…so I recommend both methods to keep your brushes clean

Easy to Handle

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Spring Brush Cleaning

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Nothing huge or substantial – I was slacking on deep-cleaning my brushes, having been resorting to spot-cleaning for weeks (yeah.) out of laziness (I normally wash them every 2-3 weeks, this was…longer). I knocked it out last night – over 20 brushes and 3 sponges, no small feat! There are actually more than what is pictured, but those were dry last night, so they were already put away.

I’m still washing my brushes the way I shared last year, so be sure to check that post out if you aren’t sure how to or if you want to see how others do.

Equally important for their longevity is drying them – which I also do the same way. “If it ain’t broke,” and so forth. Detailed list of what is shown here after the jump.

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