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Brush Cleaner

Since we’re on the topic of brushes– let’s discuss brush cleaners.  Ladies, you MUST regularly shampoo your brushes!  I’m sure so many women don’t, and it just doesn’t make sense.  If you spend time regularly cleansing, moisturizing, and agonizing over breakouts…  Why would you use dirty brushes and spread oil from 3 months ago back onto your face?

But I digress.  This brush cleaner from Paula Dorf is fantastic.  It thoroughly cleans your brushes of makeup residue, and is gentle enough to keep them in good shape.

Must Have: The Foundation Brush

Foundation, boring as it is, is really the most important part of a beauty regimen.  It’s the one product that can simultaneously even skin tone, set the rest of your makeup, and even protect your skin from sun exposure (providing you smartly chose one with SPF).

But, how you apply foundation is as important as the foundation you use.  A foundation brush smooths the liquid perfectly over the skin for a flawless finish with impeccable blending.  My personal choice is Chanel’s brush #16, Le Pinceau Teint.  The bristles are so soft, they feel like silk.  Despite the fact that my brush is many years old- each time I wash it, it looks brand new.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer…

It’s light, it absorbs quickly, and it has an SPF 15.  Enough said!

Beauty Deals and Bonuses

When you buy as much product as me, being rewarded for it is a major treat.  Two beauty retailers are very actively courting we addicts for our business.

Sephora has a relatively new program, referred to as “beauty insider”.  Through beauty insider, you can earn deluxe samples for every $100 you spend, get access to hot items in limited quantity, and even get treated to a birthday gift! 

Beauty.com is generous to the extreme, offering periodic discounts on purchases over a certain threshold.  Currently, you can get a $20 discount off of any purchase of $150 or more.  They also offer gifts with purchase and money back for future purchases through their drugstore dollars program.

Must Have: The Train Case

Once upon a time, my cosmetics were all piled into an extra large metal tin… Sure, the tin was inexpensive, but I was frustrated rifling through a large quantity of product every morning.

I needed a better solution.  Sephora Brand Metro Train Case may seem like a big investment at $90, but for those with stockpiled product like me, it is a necessity. Now my vast collection is perfectly organized and everything I need is at my fingertips.

The case has six “tiered” compartments that are lipstick length, and three larger compartments at the bottom. The bottom compartments are adjustable, and quite deep, to accommodate larger items. The detachable shoulder strap may not be necessary for most, but the top handle is so nice to have, as the case is easy to pick up and hide away.  My bathroom countertop has never been so neat!