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Goody Jewel Shine Oval Cushion Brush Review


What’s in a brush?

Goody Jewel Shine Oval Cushion Brush ($6.49 at Walmart) is a tourmaline-infused brush designed to “smooth hair, minimize static, and enhance shine.” It has a “soft touch handle for a comfortable grip.”  When I sat down to write-up this review, I was trying to figure out how one might evaluate a brush.

For me, I use this brush each morning and evening to run through my hair.  I have long hair (about halfway down my back) that’s mostly straight, but there is some waviness from putting it up regularly.  My hair is thick and there is a lot of it–hairdressers always tell me, “You have enough hair for two people!” (That joke gets old when you’ve heard it for 15 years.)

I like that it runs through my hair easily, doesn’t catch, and there’s enough flexibility in the bristles that I can maneuver it easily through my hair.  It’s lightweight, and the grip is comfortable to hold–I haven’t had the brush fly from my hands yet. My hair doesn’t tangle much, but when I have a few loose tangles, it detangles those well without pulling painfully, because the flex and give of the bristles helps it work through the tangle steadily but surely.

Admittedly, the last brush I was using was FHI Heat’s Cushion Brush, which also used tourmaline as a selling point, so I didn’t see any dramatic difference from when I switched over, which means Goody’s doing a good job at maintaining the status quo at a third of the price!

What do you look for in a good brush?

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This Week’s Sales for July 18th, 2011


Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

  • HAUTELOOK:  TruDerma (7/18), Isomers Skincare (7/19), Baci Lingerie Eyelashes (7/20), Goldfaden Skin Care (7/21), EcoSkin (7/22), Crown Brush (7/22), TanTowel (7/22)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Sephora (8%), DermStore (7.5%), Lancome (7%), Clarins (7%), YSL (7%)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
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  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26. Free BADgal pencil with $50+ order with code WNTDLOOK, expires 7/18.
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  • BLISS: Free travel size Youth moisturizer when you purchase the full size with code FAIRY109. Free shipping on Pro Sizes with code SHIPPRO.  Free bliss Eau de Toilette with $75+ purchase with code MYBLISS, expires 7/30.  Free gift with $100+ purchase with code ONTHEGO, expires 7/31. $20 savings on $75+ purchases with code JULYGIFT, expires 7/19.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free full-size Naked Rich Color Lip Gloss and free shipping on $65+ orders with code RICH44, expires 6/24.  Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Complimentary Crystal Lipgloss Deluxe Sample + free shipping with $65+ orders with code GLOSS11, one time use, expires 9/29.  Complimentary full-size Tea Rose Lip Color + free shipping with $65+ orders with code TEA11, one time use, expires 9/1.  Complimentary full-size Buff Glitter Lipgloss + free shipping with $65+ orders with code BUFF11, one time use, expires 9/29.
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I store all of mine in an Ikea Besta system that I customized to suit my particular needs for the majority of products I keep and use.  I do keep items I reach for often (like foundation) in the second bathroom, which is where I do my makeup.

— Christine

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Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss


Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss

Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss: Patina

Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is semi-opaque berry red with subtle and muted gold micro-shimmer. The color applied more evently than Glaze, but it still had a slightly patchy look to it when worn. The consistency is gel-like, so it has some cushion and glides on easily, and it doesn’t feel sticky. I didn’t notice any scent or taste when I wore it either.

Brilliant Lipgloss is supposed to be a hydrating, long-lasting formula that finishes with brilliant shine. It is also has botanical microspheres to plump lips without stinging. It comes with a brush-type applicator, and one pull provides enough product for a single application. I do not find the formula long-lasting or plumping; it lasts three to four hours (which is about average for gloss on my lips), and I didn’t detect any plumping at all. The glossy shine will naturally give lips a fuller appearance, but nothing about the gloss made my lips look any fuller than they do with any shiny gloss. It is moisturizing, though, which makes it a more comfortable gloss to wear.

NYX Burgundy is a little redder, less berry, and more opaque. MAC Ban This! is a bit similar, but it’s more opaque and berry-based, as well as it has fuchsia as opposed to gold shimmer.

For a more in-depth review of the formula and product claims, please see my original review here! 🙂

Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss

C
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

Sunday Link Love, Volume #060


How about some Harry Potter-themed nails?

Happy Sunday!

How are ya?  It’s early Sunday for me, and Mellan and I are just about to head out for our morning walk and Starbucks run.  What are you up to today? I hope you have something fun planned!

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer


Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Quick Review: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It is a warm, medium tan with a champagne shimmer and sheen. This shade completes Urban Decay’s trifecta of bronzers (the other two are Gilded and Toasted). It has a very smooth texture, but the shimmer and sheen may be too much for those who prefer a subtler or semi-matte bronzer. I’m only able to get an average of six hours of wear with this shade, though, which is below average.

Baked looks like a slightly lighter, more red-based version of Gilded. Gilded appears more orange-y, but the finishes are similar. I didn’t think they would be, given Gilded seems to have a rougher texture. MAC Golden is similar, a little more muted.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer Baked
Baked
Baked
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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