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The New Milani Essential Brush Set

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Milani, the affordable cosmetics line has launched its first brush collection – the Milani Essential Brush Set. This synthetic (nylon) brush set features six (6) brushes for the face and eyes to help create a beautiful makeup look using professional quality tools.

Milani Essential Brush Set in Brushfolio

I was able to test out each brush featured in the Milani Essential Brush Set, and I’m happy with how the brushes in the set performed. As a fan of synthetic brushes since they offer greater versatility and superior durability over time, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck since the brushes are affordably priced. The nylon bristles of the brush are soft, and allow you to create a flawless, streak-free makeup look.

Foundation Brush – $16

This flat top brush blends powder, cream and liquid foundation. I used it to apply my HG liquid foundation, and the brush applied my makeup effortlessly. My makeup wasn’t streaky, and uneven.

Milani Essential Brush Set Foundation Brush

Powder/ Bronzer Brush – $16

This dome –shaped brush is a 2-in-1 powder and bronzer brush that’s great for blending and buffing bronzer or powder into the skin. I used this brush to apply press (not buff) my loose powder onto my skin in the areas where I wanted to reduce shine like my t-zone. I also used it to apply my bronzer, but I found I liked it best for pressing in my powder.

Milani Essential Brush Set Powder Brush

Blush Brush – $16

The tapered bristles of this brush are perfect for precise application of blush. I applied one of my brightest blushes with this brush to test out how well it performed. The Essential Blush Brush worked well. My blush was placed exactly where I wanted it, and the brush blended the blush to perfection. No clown makeup here! I also liked to use it to apply my highlighter.

Milani Essential Brush Set Blush

All Over Shadow Brush – $8

This soft, flat brush is the perfect size for applying eyeshadow or base to the eyelids. It’s a good brush for packing on eyeshadow onto the lid. You can also flip it over to get into the crease.

Milani All Over Eyeshadow Brush

Blending Brush – $8

The rounded, tapered Blending Brush is great for blending eyeshadow to soften lines, contouring, or even blending concealer. I used this brush for several things like blending shadow into the crease, blending my under eye concealer, and applying contour to my nose.

Milani Essential Brush Set Blending Brush

Crease Brush – $8

The small rounded bristles of the Crease Brush make it perfect for applying shadow to the outer v, sculpting out the eye with precision, for added depth and dimension. Think smoky eye.

Milani Essential Brush Set Crease Brush

The Milani Essential Brush Set can be purchased for $60 or each brush individually, but purchasing the set you saves you $9. The brushes can be purchased on http://milanicosmetics.com/Brushes/.

Milani Essential Brush Kit Results

Have you tried the Milani Essential Brush Set?

Which of these brushes would you pick up?

I got rid of my lady ‘stache using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip

I’ve always had a little hair on my upper lip, but I was always scared to remove it. Why? I was told that if I got rid of it the hair would grow back thicker, and a full-blown mustache was not what I wanted so I put off removing it. But, my lady ‘stache was still a source of insecurity. When I applied my makeup, unless I color corrected my upper lip, I’d have a dark cast in that area. No Bueno! One day, I decided to finally get rid of my lady ‘stache, and picked up the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip.

Using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip was easy. It’s a two-step system that requires you to first apply the hair removal cream using the precision tip, let it set for up 10 minutes, and then rinse off. Following the rinse, I’d apply the Moroccan Argan Oil Rebalancing Moisturizer, which prevented irritation and helped to keep the area smooth and moisturized.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip -Two steps

The first time I used the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit I’d washed my face, but used my Michael Todd Soniclear. Bad idea. I have no idea what got into me because I clearly know that depilatory creams and exfoliating do not mix. Don’t try it. I’ve done it for you. And yes, my upper lip burned, but the silver lining came when applying the Moroccan Argan Oil Rebalancing Moisturizer. My upper lip had no redness or irritation after. That was pretty amazing.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit_before During after

My upper lip remained hair-free for a few weeks, at least three, which is pretty impressive. No, my hair didn’t grow back thicker either. Yay!

I’m happy I chose to remove my lady ‘stache using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper lip. Because of it I do not have darkness around that area, and I spend less time applying my makeup. Also, my makeup applies smoother and my skin looks flawless and even.

I’d recommend picking up the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper lip if you’re like me and want to test the lady ‘stache removal waters, but do not want to venture into waxing or threading the area. Plus, there’s no swelling or pain involved when using this as a removal method unlike waxing and threading.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip

The Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip retails for , but I picked it up on-sale for $5.00 at Walmart.

Have you tried the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip?

What’s your preferred upper lip hair removal product?

Brighten Your Look with the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lipsticks

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Although the weather doesn’t really seem like it, but believe it or not, spring is here. Usually, when people think of spring they think of spring-cleaning, but for myself and others in the beauty world spring means new looks using colors that pop! Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick line makes it easy to add that perfect pop of color while keeping your lips moisturized.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

I’ve set aside my vampy lips in exchange for a fresh-faced look with just a pop of color using the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick along with their Grand Entrance Mascara.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Pink Pink

First up, we have the Beautiful Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Pink. Normally, I am not a fan of shimmer in lipsticks, I’m either a satin or matte type of girl, but Pink Pink looks nice on me. The blue-toned pink goes well with my skintone.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Wild Berry

Wild Berry, when applied looked a lot brighter than what I thought. I love bright lip colors, so that didn’t bother me. This one is actually my favorite.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Valentine

Valentine is so pretty! I’ve deemed it one of my favorite red lipsticks. My lips look so full and plump when wearing it. I see myself sporting it daily, whether to work or casually on the weekends.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Marigold

I love wearing orange shades of lipsticks, especially during the summer. I was happy to have received Marigold. It’s a red with more of an orange tone; however, when applied, it looks a bit redder, and not as opaque as the other shades. It’s pretty, but I prefer my lipsticks to have a bit more color.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Swatches brown skin

I love the look and feel of the Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks. They do exactly what they say they will do: keep my lips moisturized and soft. The lipstick has pretty decent staying power, even after drinking a beverage. I also like that Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, aside from Marigold, applies with full, almost opaque color with one swipe.

How do you update your look for spring?

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Giveaway

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Giveaway

Be Paparazzi Ready with the February ESSENCE BeautyBox

ESSENCE BeautyBox for February

Be Paparazzi Ready with the February ESSENCE BeautyBox

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ESSENCE, the most coveted and respected magazine for women of color (WOC) in both print and online arenas expanded its horizons by entering the subscription box service world. The first ESSENCE BeautyBox debuted in October 2015 with a curated set of deluxe beauty samples perfect for women of color. I was lucky enough to receive the February box for review purposes. I’m excited to share its contents with you.

The February ESSENCE BeautyBox contains products chosen by ESSENCE Beauty editors to ensure the box recipient is ready for the paparazzi at any given moment.

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment – .16 oz – Value: $5.00

This was my favorite item in the box! I’ve wanted to try this exact primer for a while now. God answered my prayers. My skin can become an oil slick, and using this first definitely helped with that. Breakouts were practically non-existent due to the Salicylic acid. If you haven’t yet, check out this primer.

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale – Soak It Up Oil Cocktail

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Soak It Up Oil Cocktail – 4.1oz – Value: $9.99

Featuring Coconut and Moringa Oils, this cocktail is said to easily absorb into the hair, preventing dryness.  First, I love the scent of this oil. It’s very tropical, and lingers a bit. I typically do not use oils on my hair due to my hair being fine, and oils tend to weigh it down, but with this product I didn’t have that issue.

Be Paparazzi Ready with the February ESSENCE BeautyBox_IMAN Luxury Lip Shimmer

Iman Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmer ‘Muse’ – Sample Size – Value: $1.00

Subscribers may have received a lipstick or lipgloss from Iman’s brand.  My February ESSENCE BeautyBox contained the Iman Luxury Lip Shimmer in a beautiful milky, pinky nude shade called ‘Muse’. Even though it is a shimmer gloss, the shimmer is barely there, which I love. I’m in my early 30’s and the last thing I want is shimmer in my makeup. This shade is perfect for me.

Colgate Optic White

Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste in Fresh Mint – .075 oz – Value: $1.00

This toothpaste arrived just in time because I took it with me on our most recent trip to Florida. There’s a lot of bang in that little tube. My teeth and breath felt clean. I’d definitely purchase a full-size tube.

Kiss Lashes

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Flirty KFL02 – Value: $3.99

I love wearing lashes on special occasions. Otherwise, you can find me just applying them on other people. These are nice; I’ve actually used a similar pair, if not the exact pair (I go through so many). They give a natural look without being too overwhelming.

Broadway Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe

Broadway Eyes Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe in Clear DGLG02 – 3g – Value: $1.99

You can’t have eyelashes without an adhesive right? This box included lash glue by Broadway Eyes. I’ve used this brand before and didn’t have a good reaction; it burned! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try it. I just wasn’t brave enough. If you use this lash glue please let me know how you like it. This glue is also black; I prefer my glue to dry clear.

Miss Jessie's Coily Custard

 

Miss Jessie’s Coily Custard – 1 oz – Value: $1.60

My hair is natural, but I haven’t yet worn it natural… well, curly or in a twist out. I haven’t yet tried this product, but may eventually use it on my daughter. Stay tuned for updates.

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale – Soak It Up Oil Cocktail

Overall, I’m happy with what the February ESSENCE BeautyBox contained. So far my favorite items include: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Soak It Up Oil Cocktail, Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste in Fresh Mint, Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment, and the Iman Luxury Lip Shimmer. For $15, the subscriber received at least $25 worth of products, which sounds like a win to me.

Sign up for your ESSENCE BeautyBox Subscription here. The monthly price for the Essence Beauty box is $15, however you can sign up for 6 months for $90 or a year for $165.

Will you be trying the new ESSENCE BeautyBox? Share your thoughts below!

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