Storybook Cosmetics: Rose Makeup Brushes

Rose have been my favorite flowers for as long as I can remember. I use to keep one from each bouquet that was given to me and I would dry them and keep them in a vase on my desk. I have always found them to be so beautiful, unique and romantic. So, when I first saw the draft for the rose makeup brushes from Storybook Cosmetics, I knew I had to have them.

Now, I already gushed about Storybook Cosmetics over my review of the Wizardry and Witchcraft palette. But just in case you are not familiar with them, they first became known from their Harry Potter wand inspired eye makeup brushes. Every since, they have been making our favorite childhood stories come to life with whimsical makeup products. Needless to say, I had very high hopes for the What’s in a Name Rose Brushes.

There are four different face brushes that come in the set, along with an adorable makeup pouch. The set includes a dome top powder brush, flat top powder brush, angled contour/blush brush and a tapered highlighting brush. The site claims that the brushes can be used with liquids or powders, but are more suited for powder formulas due to the density of the bristles.

Overall, I am happy with the brush set and pouch. The only thing I would change is to have the flat top powder brush be more dense to be used for foundation. The bristles are soft and the handles are heavy and well made. They distribute product well and blend it out flawlessly. When you wash the brushes, they do not fade or let loose any red dye. The pouch is also not only adorable but well made and durable.

Honestly, I would have been happy with the brushes even if they didn’t work well because I love the design. However, I am ecstatic that they are not only beautiful but work well too. Even though they were a little expensive at $55 for the set, I am so happy to have them.

Is this a set that you would pick up?

Xoxo Sammie

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Review: Moda Prismatic Oval Brushes

One thing you will learn pretty soon after meeting me is that I love mermaids. In fact, I’m positive that I secretly am one. Besides being a mermaid, another fact people learn about me soon after we meet is that I love a good deal. I love a bargain so much, sometimes it makes it hard to splurge on more expensive things. 

I ran into this problem a few months ago when I was looking into purchasing a Artis Oval 7 brush. I couldn’t believe people actually paid $62 for one brush. How could it possibly be worth it? Well, I managed to find a sale and a coupon code that brought it down to about $45, which seemed reasonable compared to the original $62. And you know what? That brush is most definitely worth it. I fell in love the first day I tried it and never once regretted my purchase. Though, I’ve since wondered if it would be possible to find a good dupe. Then, one day, I found these beauties.

I picked up the Moda Prismatic Oval Brushes at my local Walmart for just under $20. My first though was that even if they were terrible, they gave me georgous mermaid vibes and I loved them.

The brushes are 100% vegan and came in four different sizes. They are labeled using numbers 801 (the largest) through 804 (the smallest).

The first brush is the 801 full face brush. This is the one that I find is the most similar to my Artis Oval 7. This brush is actually larger than my oval 7.

Now, I really liked this brush. It applies my foundation smoothly and evenly with minimal tugging. I personally think it is prettier that my Artis brush. It does seem to soak up more product and cause more tugging on my skin.

The 801 is the only brush I can truly compare to Artis. So my opinions on the other brushes are based strictly on how they performed and not how they compare.

The next brush would be the 802, which is the second largest oval brush. I thought this would be prefect for concealer. However, it worked horribly. It would pick up the product and redeposit it. I was left with terribly patchy and streaking under eyes. That being said, it worked great for applying powder under my eyes. It also worked well for color correcting larger areas.

The 803 is the smaller of the oval brushes. I liked this brush for applying my eye primer. It is also great for getting into smaller areas.

The smallest brush is the 801 round. This is a very small brush and if perfect for precision work. I like to use it to cleanup my lips and brows, precision color correcting and for blending in the sides on my nose which is usually hard to reach. It would also be great for nose contouring and applying lip product.

Overall, I was impressed. I really enjoyed the large 801 brush and the smallest 804 brush. The two middle brushes were ok, but I don’t think they are essential. My only complaints are that the handles are fairly flexible, so be gentle, and the brushes are hard to clean. I find it is easiest to spot clean and to use a foam cleanser such as the Artis Brush Cleansing Foam. You can clean them like a regular brush, but they take forever to dry since they are so dense.

Bottom line: are these exact dupes for the Artis brushes? No, they are not. However, they are soft, beautiful and work very well. I think these are a quality option and definitely worth the price!

Have you tried the Artis brushes or other oval brushes? Let my know in the comments below.

See you Friday!

Xoxo Sammie

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Influenster VoxBox: Ecotools Review

I love getting a good deal. I am one of those people who has to be careful because I will solely buy something just because it is an amazing deal. So when I found influenster, I signed up immediately. All you have to do is review products and you can qualify to receive boxes of free products, the only catch being that you need to review those boxes to continue to qualify for future boxes. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to try new products for free. You can check it out here.

My most recent box box was full of Ecotools beauty products.

Included was the new Prefect Blender Duo ($9.99), Makeup Brush Cleaning Cloths ($6.99), Full Powder Brush ($8.99), and the 6 Piece Starter Collection ($12.99).

So, I will start with the sponges. Here is a image comparing the Real Techniques sponge, the Beauty Blender and the Ecotools sponge. When dry, they differ in size but they all grow to be about the same size when wet. The Real Techniques and Beauty Blender are both pretty soft. The Ecotools sponge is more firm, but I really enjoyed it. I especially love the way it is cut. It is perfect for getting into the side of the nose and in other problem areas. I was not a big fan of the smaller Ecotools sponge as I found it too firm.

Now here are the brushes. I loved the full powder brush. It is perfect for sweeping away bake as well as using for a full face of powder. I also enjoyed the blush brush, the concealer brush and the spoolie. The angled brush worked fine as well. The only brush I wasn’t a huge fan of was the shadow brush. It wasn’t great at blending, but it also wasn’t great for packing on the shadow. Does it work? Yes. However, I would not recommended this for someone beginning in makeup because it is just too hard to get a nice blend or enough pigmentation.

The final product is the makeup brush cleaning cloths. These worked great! They are perfect for cleaning a brush when switching shadow colors. I would take these traveling with me so that I don’t have to take as many brushes.

Overall, Ecotools is a great brand with awesome, affordable brushes. You can purchase them at many drugstores as well as on their website. 

Have you every tried Ecotools? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

Disclaimer: I did receive these product, complimentary, from influenster, in exchange for my honest review.

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