VIP Beauty Sale!

Sales on beauty products, specially entire lines of beauty products, are a rare bird in the wild. Over the weekend Macy’s was having a huge sale with a 15% discount on almost all the cosmetics they carried (Chanel was the only exclusion). This sale has now been extended through today (to midnight PST)

Although I shop at Macy’s from time to time, I really am partial to Nordstrom for their convenient free shipping and return policies. Luckily, Nordys is doing price matching for any product they carry included in the Macy’s sale!

I rounded up a list of products that I’ve mentioned on this blog and use regularly. If you were considering any of them, definitely take advantage and get them in this sale:

Some other products that are highly recommended by myself and my friends but I haven’t tried yet/haven’t tried recently:

Shop the full sale here at Nordstrom or here at Macy’s!

 

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How To: Easy Routine for Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes (Video)

It’s like wearing a retainer. You know it’s good for you but no one does it quite often as they should.

Cleaning your makeup brush regularly is the best way to ensure the life of your products. It helps your makeup apply more evenly and prevents contaminating the skin with oil, dirt, or bacteria. In an ideal world, you’d be able to clean your brushes after every use. However, in today’s busy world, ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a thorough cleanse about once every 2 weeks.

I used to loathe brush cleaning because cleaning even one brush seemed to take forever. I would used my fingers in a claw-like position to work soap into the bristles. However, no matter how long I agitated it for, it seemed like there was always more where that came from. I just couldn’t get all the makeup out.

It wasn’t until I started using a brush scrubber that I really began to see results. And I found that, although I still didn’t “look forward” to brush cleaning day, I eagerly anticipated the joy of seeing my brushes like new again.

I use this egg-style scrubber that I found on Amazon. There are many similar ones on Amazon and in retail stores these days, but this one has been working well for me so far.

I wrote out the instructions but then realized some steps may just be easier to see in video form. You’re spoiled for choice today because I’ve included both the video and the written instructions below (after the jump). Don’t say I never did anything for you.

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Review: beautyblender

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Ever since its creation in the early 2000s, the beautyblender has been lauded by professionals and amateurs alike for its ability to apply makeup flawlessly. It uses a sponge matrix and edgeless design to facilitate a smooth application while minimizing the amount of product needed. It comes in several sizes and colors for different uses and types of makeup.

I’ve wanted to try the beautyblender ever since I heard about it but hesitated for years due to the $20 price. I finally pulled the trigger due to the amazing deal Nordstrom had during their Anniversary Sale this year — 2 sponges and a solid cleanser for just $35 ($56 value)! It finally came in the mail about a week ago, and now I’m ready to share my thoughts after trying it for the last few days. Continue reading “Review: beautyblender”