EcoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set



                                                     Not my car. I rented this darling buttercup for a road trip. 

Happy Earth Day!!!! I hit the road a lot. I’m traveling at least 2-3 weekends out of a month. It may have something to do with finally having a car that is reliable enough to take on the highways and byways. But see…my trips are usually crazy spontaneous. Meaning, I’ll decide on Thursday evening that I want to pack up my car  and head 4 hours South or 9 hours North. To prevent myself from forgetting the necessities, I always have a pre-packed bag. Somethin’ like this…

 Lately I’ve been tossing this inside…

It’s baby EcoTools brushes!

These are darling. They are about an inch smaller than the full size EcoTools brushes.

That makes them big enough to hold and grip when applying make-up but small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or cosmetic bag. Each brush is printed with its name. Oh, you didn’t know that “certain” brushes do certain things? Yes ma’am!

This is great for the make-up newbie! And since we’ve come to expect the best from EcoTools, they don’t skimp in the packaging department either.

 Not a bad buy for $7.99, uh? Oh! And EcoTools has pretty cool tutorials on YouTube now. This one talks about how to achieve the cat eye look.



Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products
EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone 
EcoTools bamboo bronzer brush

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Eye shadow Brushes for Newbies: The video version


Lately I have been getting a quite a few emails about eye shadow brushes for newbies. I remember when I was first getting into make-up and had NO idea what kind of brushes to buy. It’s overwhelming to say the least. I did a post about that here but here are some more tidbits:

(1) Do not feel like you have to spend a ton of money on brushes. Girlfriend, you better take your behind in CVS, Target, Walgreens, Longs or Rite-Aid and cop some cheap brushes.

(2) You don’t need a WHOLE bunch of brushes if you are just starting out. A lid application brush, blending brush and highlighting brush is all I think the average newbie needs. When you find yourself wanting to do more detailed and intricate looks, then invest in more brushes. But for the time being..3-5 brushes should suit your eye shadow needs just fine.

(3) Wash your brushes regularly!

….peep the video to find out more.

Acne Sucks: Keep those make-up brushes clean!

It’s one of those things that, we SHOULD know. I mean…it makes sense. Dirty brushes on a clean face equals pimples galore, right?

Right.

Don’t forget to clean your make-up brushes on a regular, ladies. This is a task that I have never really been good at, but I’m getting better. In between clean-ups, I like to use baby wipes or make-up wipes.

Just a quick gentle swipe on the brushes and viola!

I like to do a deep cleaning of the brushes at least once or week or so.

I gently massage baby shampoo in the bristles, rinse and lay them out to dry.

 
 

How often do you clean your make-up brushes? Do you find that when you don’t your acne is worst?

EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer brush

 

I love EcoTools, yes I do. I love EcoTools, how ’bout you! Don’t give me that cyber-eye. I know I wasn’t the only kid that said that little chant.

Uh, I actually said that yesterday about popcorn. HA! EcoTools does it again with another brush that I’m wondering how I lived without. Their retractable kabuki is a staple in my travel bag. The bronzer brush is quite similar to it and I have been using it daily.

But before we talk about the brush, look at the packaging! 

I didn’t think about it until using it, but I suppose you COULD re-use the pouch. They also give a Green Tip on each of their products. Loves it!

A closer look at the brush…

 

This is now my go to brush for sweeping Sweet As Cocoa from my hairline to my cheeks.

Perfecto!

You can snag this brush for $9.99 at drugstores, Ulta, Target and anywhere EcoTools products are sold.

Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products
EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone 

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone

Sooo, my ever so favorite EcoTools has come out with some darling eco-friendly (of course) cosmetic bags designed by the fabulous Alicia Silverstone.


I most remember her as Cher from Clueless. I know that movie word from word. Don’t judge me. I grew up in the 90’s and that was so one of the hottest movies. Ha! Let’s talk about the bags…

Overnight Bag
($19.99)


This is perfect! When I travel, I usually have a cosmetic bag and a bag for lotion/deodorant type products. I can toss everything in this one bag.

Cosmetic Brush Bag
($12.99)



This limited edition bag features a skunk brush that works beautifully on the cheeks. This bag is a MUST have.

Train case
($14.99)


This baby sits at my office and holds those “What if I have to freshen up?” goodies.

EcoTools has done it again. Great quality with eco-friendly high quality brushes and bags? And they’re affordable? EcoTools, will you marry me?

Okay, I got ahead of myself. My bad. You can find these kids where ever EcoTools products are sold including your favorite drugstore and Ulta stores.

Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products

(photo credit)

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 5-Crown Brush spotlight


Yes ma’am! Don’t give me the cyber side-eye. I am STILL doing The Makeup Show NYC installments. I promise to stop at 10. I can’t help but feel like I need to share with my readers virtually EVERYTHING I experienced while in NYC. Which, I know is kinda sorta impossible.

So next time there is another show, ya’ll will just have to come along with me, mmmkay?

Let’s rap about Crown Brush.

Goodness.gracious.wowsers.good.googla-moogla! I love these brushes! I first discovered them at The Makeup Show LA and was SHOCKED at how cheap they were. I’m talkin’ no more than $5 for a decent make-up brush. I’m serious!

And these aren’t some rinky dink cheap-o creep-0 raggedy brushes either. They are pretty decent as far as durability and quality goes. I can’t say much about the face brushes, though. Most of the Crown Brushes that I have are for eyes.

I HIGHLY suggest checking out these brushes if you are a newbie, make-up artist or just a regular make-up lovin’ chick or chap that loves a variety of brushes.

Click HERE to check out their Studio Series brushes. These are my favorites!


[NOTE]: I just know someone out there is going to inquiry if Crown Brush and Coastal Scents are the same company. Or if one owns the other. To be honest….I’m not sure, muffins. Some of my beauty bloggin’ sisters and I scratched our heads trying to figure this out. My guess is this: Crown Brush sells brushes to “private labels”. Coastal Scents is a private label and has purchased some of their brushes from Crown Brush. Hence why they look the same. However, I could be wrong. Feel free to add to the discussion. Ya’ll know I’m one big ole’ clump of mascara so don’t hesitate to correct me!

Newbie Post: Cheap Brushes 101


Ahh yes….it’a another post for “Newbie News”. Brushes!! One of the most common questions I get is, “Where can I get good and cheap brushes?”

Giiiirl, lemme tell you. I know some may say that MAC Cosmetics brushes are the best and that else nothing is comparable, but I don’t think that’s true. While I do love the quality and overall performance of MAC brushes, I think that there are other phenomenal brushes for half the price.

Say hello to my babies…
(from left to right)


-EcoTools retractable Kabuki brush ($7.99)
-Eyebrow grooming comb and brush (I don’t know where I got this from, hmmm…)
-Sonia Kashuk blending brush ($7.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools concealer brush (around $3 from Target)
-Sonia Kashuk small eyeshadow brush ($9.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools eyeshadow brush (around $3 from Target)
-The Body Shop lip brush (under $10 from The Body Shop)

First up….

Ecotools retractable Kabuki brush


EcoTools, the company and products will always have my heart. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their products. This Kabuki brush is absolutely wonderful. It works great for an all over face powder and if you squeeze the bristles, it functions well as a blush brush. Got sensitive skin? Don’t worry….these bristles are so amazingly soft. Using this brush is such a treat. And it’s under $10!!

Eyebrow grooming comb and brush

I don’t know where I got this baby from but I know it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. For my naturally bushy brows, this is must! Yes, my comb lost a few teeth…lol, don’t yall laugh at me!

Sonia Kashuk blending brush

Oh yes! This blending brush rocks! It is super soft and does a good job at….blending. With a light hand you can get a nice distribution of color on the crease. With a heavier hand, you can bang out a sexy smokey eye. I also find that it is good at giving me a nice wash of color under the browbone.

Studio Tools concealer brush

Honestly….I don’t see why you would even need to spend an insane amount of money on a concealer brush. This is the only one that I have ever had and it works perfectly! I depend on concealer since I don’t wear foundation and I love that this brush applies smoothly. Rinse it out thoroughly and it can be good at foiling (used wet) shadows or pigments. Heyy!! Yall know I love multi-purpose products.

Studio Tools eyeshadow brush



Any time I wear eyeshadow, I am usually applying it with THIS brush. For it to be so cheap, it applies shadows flawlessly. I usually take this one with me on my travels.

Sonia Kashuk small eye shadow brush

I think this was one of my first brushes! And I’ve still got her around. This brush is perfect for ladies with smaller lids. Or perhaps you like applying shadows on the inner-V. This brush gets it done!

The Body Shop lip brush

This was my first (oh wait….it’s my only) lip brush and I got it on sale at The Body Shop for a good $5. I love it for when I really want to make lips the focus of a look. It allows me to blend my liner and lipstick as well as applying MAC Tendertone balms on the lippies.

There’s my little guide to cheap but amazing brushes. My entire stash of brushes?


The travel brushes are stashed in the traveling case. They apologized for not being able to make a guest appearance. HA! I don’t see myself investing in any more brushes…..at least not for awhile. If you have good and long-lasting ones, you won’t need to!

Do you have any of these brushes?

Do you normally spend a nice chunk of change on your brushes or do you like ‘em cheap?

[EDIT]
Readers/Twitter fam also suggest the following cheap brushes:

-E.L.F. brushes
-Coastal Scents
-Crown Brushes (co-sign!! I have some of these that I love…they are so cheap!)
-Sigma Brushes


Beauty Review: EcoTools brushes

Hi darlings!

I am already getting ready to pack my cosmetic bag for my trip to L.A. next week. Yes, I am excited and glad that I finally have travel size cosmetic brushes. I had the opportunity to test drive EcoTools earth-friendly brushes.

Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about these brushes. I don’t have ONE bad thing to say about them.

-Affordable
-Earth friendly
-Great quality
-Um, did I mention affordable?!

I mean, check out how many products you can get for a little under $30.


Ching ching! Not bad considering some brushes cost $30 alone.

I have already packed my 5 piece travel brush set. How darling are the bamboo handles?


Okay, I only have four sitting here but when I tell you these brushes are incredibly soft, I’m not lying! I have been using the blending brush religiously. Not bad for only $9…for all 5 brushes, I mean.

And then there’s my favorite product out of the bunch, the darling kabuki brush.


Made with recycled aluminum, this retractable kabuki brush retails at $7.99. Ohmigooodness, the bristles are so soft. Even softer than my MAC 182 brush retailed at $45. No exaggeration here, kids. This brush is PERFECT for powder and blush application. And honestly….on days that I don’t wear anything on my face, sometimes I just run this brush on my face because it just feels so good against my skin.


And then there are the cute bamboo mini brushes, powder puffs and sponges. All ranging between $1.99-$3.99 I have these packed in my cosmetic bag too.

I am so impressed with EcoTools, the company and the products. You can snag these babies at any drugstore. I have already hauled some other goodies from EcoTools. I am truly a fan.

Have you ever tried anything from EcoTools?

Stay beautiful….and green,