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Nanacoco – Affordable Brushes Worth Getting?

Nanacoco Professional Brushes

Affordable brushes that are high quality can be tricky to find. When it comes to beauty products, I can’t resist trying out new brushes. Having a high quality, and affordable brush can really make or break your finished look. I’m always looking for quality brushes that will apply my makeup beautifully and natural looking. I was excited when I was given the opportunity to try out Nanacoco Professional Brushes.

A Little About the Brand

I’ll admit, I don’t know much about this brand, but I love discovering new or new to me brands. They are one of the few makeup brands that have a beauty news blog attached to their website, which I absolutely love. It shows they’re keeping up with what’s going on in the beauty world while creating quality products.

The company continues to evolve and update its cruelty-free products to match the growing and changing beauty trends. They work to create iconic color cosmetics and high-quality, affordable brushes. They want to be a brand that inspires everyone to be the best version of him or herself, starting with a lipstick.

AirFair Brushes Review

I was sent the AirFair Angled Powder Brush and the AirFair Concealer Brush. The look of the brushes is sleek and sophisticated. They feel absolutely amazing. So soft and smooth. You can say they look and feel like luxury brushes, but they’re affordable.

The angled powder brush ($17.99) applies loose and solid powder perfectly. I like that it’s an angled brush because it makes applying the product evenly around the nose area easy for a precise finished look. Personally, I want my brushes to do the work, without making things difficult.

The concealer brush ($10.99) packs on product nicely. For concealer, I like to apply the product to my under eye area with the brush and smooth it out even more with my ring finger.

More about the angled powder brush:

  • 100% Synthetic fiber brush
  • Hand-cut shaped hair
  • Dense and soft hair
  • Cruelty-free
  • Newly innovated technology bristle allows better pigment pickup

Overall Thoughts

If you’re looking for new, affordable brushes to try, then I definitely recommend these. They’re super affordable, high-quality, and helps apply makeup perfectly. I already have a list of other brushes that I want to order and test out. In the past, I would recommend Real Techniques brushes, but I may have a new favorite affordable brush brand!

Who are your favorite brands for makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

Get Plumper Lips with MESOLYFT LIPS

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty skeptical and nervous to try beauty tools that will plump your lips. I have full lips, so a product like this isn’t meant for me. But, that’s okay, I wanted to see if it works. While the brand offers multiple micro-needling products, for this review, I’m testing out a lip plumper tool from the MESOLYFT Line.

About the Product

This particular product is the MESOLYFT Lips, which is a lip plumper that offers hydration and fuller lips for a more youthful appearance. 

Active Ingredients

  • Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate: Skin-conditioning agent and emollient
  • Phenyl Trimethicone: Silicone that makes lips feel silky and soft.
  • Mango Butter Dimer Dilinoleyl Esters/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer: Derived from Mango Butter and Rapeseed oil, this natural ingredient provides outstanding shine and substantive conditioning
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Natural ingredient that moisturizes skin and calms irritation
  • Glycine Soja: Natural ingredient rich in antioxidants preventing damage to collagen and elastin

The PR package came with instructions:

  • Cleanse the area and pat dry
  • Pump serum onto the wheel
  • Press wheel firmly against the skin, but don’t drag it
  • Roll the wheel up and down five to six times
  • Reposition the wheel and roll side to side five to six times
  • Rinse roller with warm water, shake off excess water and let dry without covering
  • For best results use nightly*

To use: Roll over the entire lip and around the lip line. Instantly plumps lips and smoothes fine lines. After three to four weeks of continued use, there’s a noticeable long-term smoothness.

Product Review

I’ll admit, it took me a good week before I started using this. I’ve never used a product like this, nor have I ever plumped up my lips. So of course, there’s a little hesitation. I haven’t been using this for a month, but I have used it enough to form a review.

I’ll admit, it was a little tingly at first, but nothing painful or uncomfortable. I have bad allergies and sensitive skin, so I was relieved that I didn’t have a bad reaction. While my lips didn’t look plump or full, it did an amazing job and smoothing out my lips. I typically suffer from dry lips, and this made them feel soft and smooth. 

Overall Thoughts

While products like this may scare some people, I do think it’s worth trying out if you’re looking to make subtle improvements to your skin. I’m enjoying this so far, and I can’t wait to see how my lips look and feel after the four weeks. 

I’m having great results, that I’m starting to look into the brand’s MESOLYFTEYES since that’s another area that needs work. When it comes to products like this, I definitely recommend speaking with a spa professional, but the results are there. And for me, it was well worth it.

*It’s recommended to start three times a week and increase with tolerance

New Jewelry Brand You Should Be Checking Out

Tuli Jewelry in boxes

I’m always on the hunt for great jewelry pieces. I will be the first to admit that I am quite picky. Not to mention I have a difficult time finding pieces that are not too junky, are so short that I feel like the necklace is trying to kill me, or rings that are either too big or too night. Like Goldilocks, I’m trying to find items that fit just right. I may have found just what I’m looking for with these jewelry pieces from Tuli.

About the Brand

Tuli is a jewelry brand that makes hand beaded jewelry from East Africa. They’re handmade. Recyclable. Life-changing. And, you know what? They are! 

The company’s jewelry fights poverty by creating sustainable jobs in East Africa. For me, I enjoy supporting brands who want to do good things; and are doing it. They’re not just talking the talk, but they’re walking the walk. I recommended learning more about the brand and the extraordinary things they’re doing.

Jewelry Review

I had the opportunity to choose the two jewelry pieces that I wanted to review. Since I don’t have pierced ears, and I’ve had trouble with rings, I chose a bracelet and necklace.

I went with the Zola bracelet ($36). I was either going to pick Zola and Claire, and I chose the Zola bracelet ($36), but I wish I picked the Claire bracelet. This bracelet is a little too bulky for me, but it’s gorgeous. I love how the white, silver and gold look together. You can wear this casually or with a fancy outfit. It’s natural, and the type of bracelet that works with anything. I have slightly chubbier wrists, and this fits perfectly! 

I picked out the Heather necklace ($20). Let me tell you, the photos on the website don’t do it justice. It’s a stunning necklace! The style of clasp might bother some people, but I love it. I do wish the chain was longer because I do feel like it’s choking me a little. I plan on shopping around in hopes of finding a similar chain that’s longer. Currently, this is my favorite necklace. Not to mention it’s super affordable!

Overall Thoughts

I think the Tuli brand is incredible. They’re trying to do great things in East Africa while making high-quality jewelry that’s also affordable. The bracelet may not be something I would wear, but it’s still a beautiful item. I love the necklace. 

I can’t say enough great things about this brand, and I highly recommend checking them out. Let us know your favorite pieces from their website in the comments below!

Are you Ready to Upgrade Your #TacoTuesday?

Taco Tuesday Accessories

Taco Tuesday is so popular it has a hashtag. Tacos are a favorite dinner item, but it may be time to step things up a bit. Instead of going out, upgrade your dinner and enjoy #tacotuesday right at home? Prepara has everything to make a tasty dinner.

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An At-Home Spa Day With These Pure & Coco Products

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Pack Everything You Need in This Toiletry Organizer

Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Bag
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As a blogger, I used to travel to different beauty events in the Los Angeles area. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly a light packer, but I’m also not an “I may need this heavy sweater in July” person either. However, I do pack a little more than I need to, which means I’m stuck bringing two toiletry bags. If you’re an over-packer and you want to get things down to one bag, I have one that you need to get. Now, I can fit everything I need in just one affordable toiletry organizer from Ellis James Designs.

Quilted Hanging Toiletry Bag

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Ellis James Designs Quilted Hanging Toiletry Organizer. I don’t like to spoil things this early in a post, but man, this is amazing! It almost makes me want to over pack because of all the room you get! Let’s start out with the basics:

  • Dimensions: 12 W x 9 L x 6 D inches
  • Materials: Soft Touch Quilted Nylon
  • Water-Resistant and Padded for Protection

There’s a hook design so you can hang your bag wherever you want. The multi-functional pockets and holders with a detachable pouch, make organizing your products easy. The small pouch fits perfectly in larger handbags.

Ellis James Designs Organizer

Ellis James Designs Organizer Aerial View

Ellis James Designs Organizer Front Pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer Opened

How Much Can You Pack?

While this toiletry bag can fit a lot of products, and it’s best to work it so that you fit everything you need.

The pouch by the hook is where I put my skincare. When traveling, you’re allowed travel size products and my skincare fits perfectly there. If needed, I can also fit a small bar of soap, and a mini shampoo and conditioner.

The middle pouch holds my face products: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, primer, and highlighter. The last pouch is my eye and lip products. I don’t use a lot of the two, so they both fit perfectly there. The last pouch is where I put my brushes in. I like to keep those separate since I do clean my brushes even when I travel. The little pouch I use for extra medicine, and anything else I can fit in there that I’ll need.

Ellis James Designs Organizer Hanging Side

Ellis James Designs Organizer Middle Compartment

Ellis James Designs Organizer all the way opened

Ellis James Designs Organizer hook

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment side

Ellis James Designs Organizer small detachable pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment

Overall Thoughts

The Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Organizer is absolutely amazing. It fits everything I need when I travel, and the quality is incredible. It lasts through road trips and being pushed around in my luggage. This particular organizer comes at an affordable price of $45.95, and it’s definitely worth it.

If you’d like to see a packing like a pro blog post, let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share our packing tricks as well!

Getting Whiter Teeth While Restoring Enamel

New Dental Products from Rembrandt and Plackers
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I have to admit that I’ve never been the best at taking great care of my teeth. I spent the money on an electric brush, and I use special toothpaste for people with sensitive gums and prone to bleeding. I’ve never had the best of luck with dentists, so I don’t like going. Because of this, I had $2,000 worth of dental work.

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Is It Time to Switch Up My Skincare Routine

Ceramedx Products
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Every so often people will try new skincare products in hopes of switching up their current routine. Or they’re looking to replace a product that’s no longer working out for them. I recently had the opportunity to test out three new products from Ceramedx: Extra Gentle Cleanser, Restoring Body Lotion, and Ultra Moisturizing Cream.

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Discovering New To Us Brands: Hynt Beauty

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The best part about reviewing makeup is trying products from brands I’m unfamiliar with. Hynt products use quality ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, eco-conscious, cruelty-free, non-irritating, and effective.

They were generous and sent a ton of lipstick samples, their discovery kit, Aria pure lipstick, and a pressed eye shadow.

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush and Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe

Hynt Beauty Lipstick and Eye Shadow

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush

I love the lipstick packaging. It’s a little bulkier than most, but that’s because there’s a balm at the top. You’re not losing any product with the lipstick to make up for the balm. You’ve got the lipstick, which has .18 oz product and then the balm.

The ARIA PURE lipstick ($29) shade, Tierra Blush, is a dark rosy blush shade. While it looks dark, it’s still the perfect everyday color. Sometimes I will blend it out with my finger to sheer it out and make it look more like a stain. Like with most lipsticks, it lasts a solid couple of hours before having to re-apply.

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush

Hynt Beauty Lip Balm

PERFETTO Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Taupe eye shadows. I won’t even admit to the number of taupe shadows that I currently own. Yes, it’s that many.

So course, when I had the opportunity to pick out a pressed eye shadow ($22), I immediately chose Crystal Taupe. Crystal Taupe is a beautiful taupe shade with silver shimmer in it. Let me tell you, this shadow is better than just about all of the other taupe shadows that I own! It’s buttery soft, easy to blend, and the pigmentation is incredible. This shadow immediately made it into my everyday makeup bag. And this rarely happens!

Lipstick in Tierra Blush and Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe Swatched

Discovery Kit in Light Beige / Soft Beige

When I was deciding on products to try, I knew I had to get their Discovery Kit ($49). Normally, I don’t try foundations because I am terrible at choosing foundation shades online.

This kit includes:

  • 2 VELLUTO Pure Powder Foundations in Light Beige / Soft Beige
  • 1 DUET Perfecting Concealer in Light
  • 1 FINALE Finishing Powder in Translucent Pearl (Deluxe Sample)
  • 1 LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (Deluxe Sample)

I have to point out right away, that if you don’t like don’t a powder foundation, you will not like this. I’ve been a longtime fan and user of the Bare Minerals foundation, and I’m always on the hunt for a new powder/mineral foundation.

The coverage was pretty light to medium, which is what I prefer. No matter what the brand is, my skin can’t seem to handle a full coverage foundation. The color match wasn’t the best, but that’s on me.

The concealer was really nice for spot concealer, but it didn’t work the best under eyes. Please keep in mind though, my under eye area is extremely dry, and most concealers don’t work because of that. I need an extremely hydrating concealer for my under eyes.

Hynt Beauty the Discovery kit

Hynt Beauty Foundation Brush

Hynt Beauty Concealer

Overall Thoughts

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to test out Hynt Beauty. There are very few brands, where after testing them out, I immediately go to their site and add products to my shopping cart. I can’t wait to try some more from the brand, especially their lipsticks and eye shadows. If you’re looking for a new brand to try that’s cruelty-free and uses great ingredients, do yourselves a favor and try Hynt Beauty! You won’t be disappointed!

A Cruelty-Free Brand People Should Know About

The Organic Skin Co. Products Opened
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One of my big beauty and skin care goals for 2019 is to use more cruelty-free brands. My long-term goals are to go organic and vegan. I recently had the opportunity to kick my 2019 goal into gear by testing out some beauty products from The Organic Skin Co.

About The Organic Skin Co.

“Ethics are important to us. We want you to be clear about what ingredients we put in our products, and we want you to know that we’re doing the right thing by you and by our planet. Here’s a look at all the little things we do to give you peace of mind.”

The Organic Skin Co. is certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Face Products

Set to Impress Pressed Powder in Moonlit ($56) – This is a great setting powder that has a slight tint to it. When swatching I thought it was going to go on the skin darker, but it doesn’t. For me, that’s a great thing. While translucent powders are great, I do like a little color to them. I don’t typically have a ton of shine during the winter months, but this works great at controlling the shine, even when I’m not wearing any foundation.

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Top of Packaging

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Opened

Set to Impress Pressed Powder

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Swatched

Lip Products

All About the Gloss in Mist ($30) – This by far one of my favorite lip glosses that I’ve worn in a long time. It’s perfect for every day, it’s comfortable to wear, doesn’t have a strong odor, and it’s just an all-around great product. I still recommend wearing a lip balm under if you have dry lips, but it’s still an excellent gloss.

All About the Gloss opened

All About the Gloss applicator up close

Lip Service in Ruby Red ($34.50) – This is a neutral red lipstick that works as an everyday color. Even if you’re like me and don’t typically wear red lipsticks, this is a natural red to wear! It’s moisturizing, goes on smoothly, and does last a good couple of hours before having to re-apply.

Lip Service lipstick side view

Lip Service lipstick front view

About the Gloss and Lip Service Packaging

About the Gloss and Lip Service Swatched

Eyes

Black Lash in Black ($40) – This isn’t going to give you the look of false lashes. It’s necessary to point this out right away. However, this is still an excellent mascara for work or school.

Black Lash Mascara opened

Black Lash Mascara wand up close

The Eyes Have It in Day Dreamer and Misty ($36) – I’ve been on a natural eye makeup look, and even started using cream eye shadows. So of course, I had to test out two of the brands cream shadows: Day Dreamer and Misty. Misty is a muted taupe and Day Dreamer is a medium brown. Both are great to throw on, apply some eyeliner, mascara, and you’re good to go!

The Eyes Have It Packaging

The Eyes Have It Opened Aerial View

Overall Thoughts

If you want a cruelty-free and vegan brand, I can’t say enough about The Organic Skin Co. Everything I’ve tried is great! I already have a cart full of products that I can’t wait to order and try out!