How To Clean Your Brushes...Fast!

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prism brush bar

Lately I've been looking for options that will help me clean makeup brushes effectively and quickly. I came across Prism Brush Bar recently and thought it was a pretty clever idea to make a makeup brush cleanser in bar form! Even better, their products and natural, vegan AND the company is Canada! I tried out the Original Prism Brush Bar ($17). It's a super cool galactic blue colour and comes in a round tin case. Here's what I thought!

Since I already found a brush cleansing glove that I love to wash brushes with, I kept the brush bar in the tin case to keep it steady. I dampened my brush and then swivelled it around the top of the bar. The consistency it creates is a little sudsy and has a mild silkiness. For eye shadow and detail brushes just a few swipes on my cleansing glove and a quick rinse and towel off cleaned them right up good! Larger brushes that had extra product stuck in it, like foundation brushes, needed a few rinses and swirls in the bar but I was really surprised at how clean and conditioned the bar made my brushes! I finished up by giving the bar a quick rinse and dried out the inside of the tin case. Then I set the bar inside the case with the cover removed to air dry. If you don't use a glove and just want to hold the bar in one hand and your brush in the other that's totally fine, it works well that way too! Prism Brush Bar has a view bar variations to choose from. You can explore them HERE!

Curious about ingredients? Here they are:
coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, vegetable based glycerin, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate, oat protein, iron oxide, tin oxide, titanium oxide (mica)

TIP: Ever wonder about ingredients you can't pronounce or don't know where they come from? Search them on SKIN DEEP's website for hazard levels. 

 

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How To Get Beach Waves With TRESemme's Perfectly (Un)Done Collection

TRESemme has released a new collection called Perfectly (Un)Done. Since we are on the cusp of summer months I wanted to try to achieve beach waves using the Wave Creation Sea Foam and Sea Salt Spray. Both products have sea kelp extract which can help with shine, strength, and growth of the hair. The sea spray contains sodium chloride (a natural salt, for example, from the sea) and the foam has a couple kinds of sodium that I can't pronounce but don't be alarmed, we are making beach waves here so there's nothing wrong with a little salt to help achieve the look! It's the salt water at the beach that creates the beach hair look after all!

TRESemme Sea Salt Spray ($7.99)
For the spray I used it on damp hair that is naturally wavy, not curly, on the right side of the head only. I followed the instructions on the bottle and spritz hair, then twisted the hair away from the face (see left) and blow dried it. I tell my friends all the time, you have to work the product if you want the product to work. In this case, you just can't spray it on and expect beach hair! It takes patience. So, back to the hair. After it was dry I sprayed it with some hair spray and scrunched to lock in those waves and voila, a tousled look.

TRESemme Wave Creation Sea Foam ($7.99)
On the same damp hair I used a generous amount of the foam and some serious scrunching on the left side because I wanted to see the results of the foam after air drying with NO forced heat. After the hair was completely dry I sprayed it with hair spray and gave it some final moments of intense scrunching. The results were a light weight, loose wave with an obvious increase in body compared to the sea spray.

Final thoughts - If you have curly hair than the mousse is an affordable option for fun wavy curls. If you have wavy or straight hair and want that beach look (and willing to put in the effort to prep and style) then definitely try the sea spray. The one thing I don't love (and it's just personal taste) is the smell of the products, it's sweet and floral. There are some other beach inspired products on the market with gorgeous scents but you won't beat this price. If you're looking to experiment with the beach look then these are worth the try!

What Are The Best Mascaras?

MAC Extended Play Lash ($17)
This is a glossy formula that comes in black. The great thing about this mascara is the wand. It's super narrow so it's easy to give each lash attention. It's super convenient for applying mascara on the bottom lashes without getting it all over your skin. A must try for those who like mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.

 

 

 

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L'Oreal Voluminous ($7 at Walmart)
A favorite among makeup artists. It's been around for a very long time and the formula seems to be spot on. It's known for lengthening the lashes and has a slight clump effect for volume that doesn't flake. If you're not used to a bit of clump just comb it through with a lash comb or cleaned mascara wand.

 

 

 

 

Covergirl Lash Blast ($8.99 at Rexal)
Another favorite among makeup artists. The patent pending wand is extra wide so all lashes get coated with lots of product. The formula is also hypoallergenic.

 

 

 

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Benefit They're Real ($29 at Sephora)
If you have the budget to stray aware from a drugstore then you'll love Benefit They're Real mascara. The formula works for lengthening and defining without clumping because of the fine brush bristles. It also has extra bristles on the tip which works great for extra extension on your outer corner lashes or making it easy to reach your lower lashes as you run the wand vertically across.

 

 

 

Dior Iconic Overcurl ($39.50 at Holt Renfrew)
This one is a little pricey and indulgent but if you are looking for a mascara with a thiner consistency that doesn't clump but builds up easily with layers then this mascara is for you! The curved wand is also great for forcing a curl in your lashes as you apply.

 

 

 

 

TitsUp Fave:
MAC Extended Play Lash!

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Skindinavia - Beauty Review

The makers behind Skindinavia sent me their mist sprays to try out. Here are my thoughts! I'll start with that I don't like the packaging. The labeling looks like the stickers you'd choose at a wine making store after you finished bottling. Now on to the product. The Primer Spray ($35), which is silicone free and paraben free, is used before makeup application to create a smooth canvas by creating a barrier between skin and makeup. The Finishing Spray for Oil Control ($29) is used after makeup to control oil that will lead to longer lasting makeup. Their patented Temperature Control Technology® claims to help prevent the appearance of shine as well. I spritzed myself and the women I was around today with the Finishing Spray. The feedback from the ladies was pretty good. It seemed to help stop creasing. After spraying it on myself, my skin felt dry. I should note that I do not wear foundation and I am not prone to oily skin so it seemed to have absorbed natural moisture and oils on my face leaving it dry. I would say for best results it should only be used after applying makeup, not on bare skin. I would think that would be self explanatory since it is a `finishing` spray!

If someone was to ask me if I know of a good product to help makeup last long and to stop oily skin I would suggest Scindinavia Finishing Spray for Oil Control, especially for brides who are worried about their makeup wearing off on their big day. As for the primer, there are lots on the market and some that are lower in price. If you have the funds to pay $35, sure give it a try!
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