Blush Review: Warm Berry Blush

Hellooooooo…is anyone there??? Pls excuse the silence on the blog. I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last shared with you guys. May was a crazy busy month, but I am back. Thanks for all the concern and questions I received while I was gone.

So, while I was at Walgreens last month, I came across the most amazing deep colored blush called Warm Berry.

Below are some pictures:

Black Radiance Blush in Warm Berry

The Packaging

Warm Berry Blush

Blush Swatch

I love, love, love how pigmented this product is. It’s a great color for women of color. The color payoff is great and one might have to apply the blush sparingly to avoid putting too much product on your cheeks. It blends with ease and gives a great glow as well.

Pros:

Amazing product for the price ($5.69)

Cons:

Very pigmented, so you need a light hand when applying the product… this is really a Pro in my opinion.

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Verdict: Most have blush!!!

Price: 5 out of 5

Packaging: 4 out of 5

Functionality: 5 out of 5


Thots,

Tiwa

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ECOTOOLS Brushes and Cosmetics Bags Review:

I been receiving questions about where to find good quality, affordable brushes that can be used to achieve a finished look when applying makeup. Below is a review about a brush set and some fabulous cosmetics bags I received back in January from Ecotools:  

Finding affordable brushes that are environmentally friendly and great in quality is not something that happens everyday. Well…not until I got my hands on the EcoTools by Alica Silverstone brush set. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was quite impressed with their brushes and the cosmetics bags.  

I have used them for over a month to apply my makeup and I think they are amazing. When I washed them they didn’t have a weird smell, like some of the store-bought brushes I have tried in the past. The bristles are very soft and did not shed. After washing and drying them, they felt just like the first time I touched them…soft. The shape was not distorted after the bristle dried like some cheaper brushes.  

The EcoTools brush set comes stored in an earth-friendly cosmetic bag. I love the bag because apart from the elastic compartments to store the brush handles, it also has a clear plastic pocket on the side where I store my concealer, lip gloss and any other touch up products I might need during the day. The four brushes that came in the set are listed below in the order they appear in the picture (L to R):  

The EcoTools 5 piece Brush Set

  1. The Blush Brush: As the name suggests, it is supposed to be used for blush. It works very well with blush application, but I have been using it as a powder brush. Because of the rounded tip of the brush, it really helps to blend my mineralized powder. I also use it to contour my face. It gives me an amazing glow… I just love it!!
  2. The Finishing Brush: It is also called a stippling brush which is used to blend makeup into the skin for a flawless finish. This brush is supposed to be used to apply mineral face makeup and loose powers, but I use it for more than that. I use it to apply my blush and bronzers. You can also use it to stipple wet makeup like liquid foundation. The light touch gives an airbrushed finish.
  3. The Angled Eye Shadow Brush: This brush is great for applying eyeshadow to the outer corners of the eyes, giving a smokey eye effect. But I love it even more for applying highlight colors under the eyebrows (the brow bone).
  4. The Lash & Brow Groomer: This brush is great for controlling stray brows. You can also use it to separate and lengthen your lashes after applying mascara.

Below are some pictures I took of my brush set:  

The Brush set...please note, the makeup is not included, lol

Closer view of the brushes

The Brush set with zipper closed

The Cosmetics bags: I also got the other bags from the EcoTools by Alica Silverstone collection. The bags I got were the Overnight bag, Train case and Cosmetic bag. All the bags are made of natural hemp material, which I thought was unique. According to Ecotools, they are lined with recycled plastic and all the designs on the bags are printed with non-toxic inks.  The overnight bag, is my new go-to bag for traveling… it holds everything I need, from the moment I brush my teeth to the moment I get out of the shower. The Train Case is my new favorite makeup bag. I love the size because it is large enough to store my makeup, but small enough to leave in my car, in case I need to change my makeup look after work. It has a nice size removable clear case inside that I put items I need easy access to. I also like the fact that my Brush set (mentioned above) fits into the train case with ease.   

My new favorite train case...it stores all the makeup I use on a daily basis

Pros:   

Environmentally and Earth friendly brushes and bags   

Because of the color of the bags, they handle stains and dirt very well. I got a pink stain on my brush set and I can hardly see it. It kinda blended in.   

AFFORDABLE…YESSSSSS!!!  

The brushes are Super, Super soft… and feels soo good on the face  

Easy to clean and no odd odor to report like some other drugstore brushes  

No shedding of the hair bristles   

Added bonus: The brush case can double as a cosmetic bag which fits perfectly into any purse.  

Cons:  

I can’t think of any…well, expect that the brush set is meant for mineralized makeup, so it does not pack on a lot of makeup, but that’s what using mineralized makeup is about….you want to look natural.. so it works as a positive in my opinion. If you are looking to apply heavy or dramatic makeup, this might not be the brush set for you.  

Verdict:   

You should get this brush set if you are a beginner and are looking for tools to apply your makeup. I think it would be a great addition to your personal makeup bag.  You can pick up the brush set here. EcoTools, also has another brush set that might be of interest to some because it includes three other brushes that are not in the brush set I reviewed above. That brush set can be picked up here.  

Price: 5 out of 5 (All the items in EcoTools by Alica Silverstone collection are reasonably priced)  

Creativity: 5 out of 5 (Ferrule is made from reuse aluminum; The handles are made from Bamboo)  

Packaging: 5 out of 5 (Comes in a nice bag with instructions; packaging is made from post-consumer recycled content)  

Quality: 5 out of 5   

Functionality: 5 out of 5 (It gets the job done!!!)   

Thots,   

Tiwa

FTC Disclaimer: This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions. The products were sent to me by EcoTools. I am not affiliated with EcoTools. I was not paid to use or review these products. 

Product Review: Myrabelle Mascara Shield

The World Wide Web is an amazing place. Through the web, I have been able to read many reviews of makeup and beauty products. Some of the reviews are soooo compelling, that being the Makeup Junkie that I am…I get mesmerized. I usually end up walking myself directly to the store or logging on to product’s website and making the purchase. Only to get the item and realize it doesn’t work quiet the way I expected. I have come to realize, I can’t rely totally on what others have to say. The products that works for one person might not necessary work for me or my clients. So, every now and then, I will do reviews on products I purchase. I promise I will give you my honest, unbiased personal opinion. Armed with that information, you can then do your own research and see if the product is something you would like to add to your “makeup bag”.

Myrabelle Mascara Shield

Myrabelle Mascara Shield

Do you ever get mascara on your eyelids when you apply mascara to your lashes? My sister and I have extremely curly lashes so this is typical with us. It can be so annoying!!! I purchased the Myrabelle Mascara Shield to help eliminate this problem.

The Mascara Shield

The Shield

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Instructions

 Pros:

Great idea

Easy to clean

Would probably get the job done if you have very long eyelashes

Added bonus: The shield is Pink. My favorite color!!!

Cons:

The curve of the shield does not fit all eye shapes

The shield disturbs and smudges eye shadow applied to the eyelids

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Verdict:

If you ask me, the old business card trick works better than this mascara shield.

Price: 5 out of 5 (Very Reasonable)

Creativity: 5 out of 5 (Very Smart Idea!)

Packaging: 5 out of 5 (Nice! Great instructions and I like that the shield is Pink, lol)

Functionality: 3 out of 5 (It doesn’t work for all eye shapes, therefore it doesn’t do the job for me)

Thots,

loveheartTiwa

FTC Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company. I purchased the item with my personal funds. I was not paid to use or review these products.