Parian Spirit

One of my personal quirks is that I like everything in my apartment to look intentional. That means that all my decorative accessories are color coordinated to their room. I even went as far as to cover all my books with wrapping paper when I was a kid so that they all went together. Basically, I like things matching.

While I’ve gotten less obsessive about my book covers, I still like my products to fit a certain aesthetic. Obviously if there is something I like to use but it doesn’t fit my color scheme I’ll still keep it – it just goes into a drawer or cabinet out of site. Only items of a certain color get to sit on my shelves.

The color for my bathroom shelves is white (my dressing table product color is black by the way). There are certain products that are staples on the shelves- my Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado are currently on display. But the products I’m going to discuss today are so fabulous that they have a shelf unto themselves.

The Parian Spirit Brush Cleaning System includes a pour bottle of their liquid brush cleaner, a spray bottle, and a jar. The product itself is freaking miraculous. All it takes to clean your brushes is a quick dip in the jar (for small brushes) or sprtiz (for larger fluffy brushes) and a run over a washcloth. No scrubbing or rinsing required. The makeup literally slides off your brushes leaving them clean, sanitized (if you let them soak for 2 minutes), and smelling of oranges.

So say goodbye to the days of spending an hour washing brushes with baby shampoo. With Parian Spirit I am able to clean all my brushes in 5 minutes, max. You also no longer have an excuse for not keeping your tools clean! Plus, they’re pretty enough to put on display!

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Good Hair Day

Straighteners come in a ton of different varieties. There are traditional straighteners, ceramic straighteners, travel straighteners, straighteners that curl, etc., etc. I could go on for days. When it’s comes to shopping for a straightener, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

My last professional-grade straightener was a Chi. It worked well enough on my naturally wavy-but-slippery hair. Unfortunately it got fried when I went on a study abroad in Ireland.

After surviving on braids and updos for weeks I got home and purchased the best I could afford as a broke college student, a Remmington Pearl Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron. With a 50% off coupon it was only $12, and while it worked fine for the next few years you really do get what you pay for.

When Christmas came around this past year I knew it was beyond time to ask for a new straightener. There’s not much difference in funds when you’re in college and when you’re new to the work force. Even though I had a job, I wasn’t making enough to be able to buy a quality straightener. So I sucked it up and insisted to my parents that it was all I wanted for Christmas. (Which was the truth.)

When I opened my Karmin G3 Salon Pro I was ridiculously excited. It was black, and shiny, and came with a travel case and protective mat. When I used it I was amazed at how well it worked. It ran smoothly through my hair without snagging and one pass was enough to get things stick straight. Curling was just as easy once I mastered the wrist twist required, and my hair has never looked better.

The following week I kept getting compliments on my hair. I hadn’t had a cut or changed products so I know it was the Karmin that made all the difference. Can you honestly say that about any other straightener you’ve tried?

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BlenderCleanser

So I mentioned this product in a previous post, but thought it was time for an in-depth review. I’m very good about keeping my brushes and other tools clean, but I noticed that my usual brush cleansing routine wasn’t getting all the makeup out of my BeautyBlender. I was really worried about this because I have such a problem with acne that I have to be very careful about using clean instruments to apply my makeup. (If I skip a week of brush cleaning my face turns into a disaster zone. ) Luckily, I had a VIB Rouge reward code for a free deluxe sample of the Liquid BlenderCleanser. So I added it to my shopping cart and waited for it to arrive.

When my order showed up three days later I was surprised at just how small the sample size was. I mean, it was about half the size of a sharpie cap. I really thought that it would only last for one cleaning. Boy, was I wrong. It took only a flat dime size drop to clean EVERYTHING off of my BeautyBlender – and I mean EVERYTHING. I expected my makeup to stain the sponge slightly, as it had never fully come out when I washed it before. However, this time the sponge was WHITE again after rinsing the cleanser out. I have NO idea how it worked so well, but I’m glad it did. Obviously, I ordered the full size right away.

What do you use to clean your BeautyBlender? Have you found something better? Let me know in the comments!

BeautyBlender

Have you ever struggled with uneven makeup application? I have. Have you ever had trouble blending your concealer? I definitely have. Have you ever wished there was a way to know if your foundation brush was actually clean? I DEFINITELY have.

Well, guess what? There’s a tool out there that will solve all of these problems! Woohoo!

Now, you’ve probably heard of the BeautyBlender before – it’s been all over the internet and Sephora ads for a while now. But if you’re like me you may be confused about what exactly it is and why it’s so special. Short story – It’s a makeup sponge. But if you’re still reading this post you clearly want more details, so here you go…

What makes the BeautyBlender unique and different? Well, for one, you use it damp. Yes, the correct way to use this egg shaped sponge is to sock it under water until it puffs up (pump it in your fist if needed) and then gently wring out all the excess water. This gives you a nice, moist (ew!) sponge that won’t absorb any of your makeup (money saving anyone?!) but will allow you to get a flawlessly blended application.

What else is cool about it? Well, it’s shape lets you use it for foundation, concealer, and really any type of cream product imaginable. I’ve used it for cream eye shadows, cheek tints, and even to smudge my eyeliner. The best way to use it is to “bounce” the sponge off of your skin. This allows for a very natural, but flawless look. It also takes significantly less time than a foundation brush.

It’s also easy to clean, especially if you use their Blender Cleanser. While other soaps will work, I find that this cleanser is the quickest at removing any gunk or buildup from the sponge. If you buy the “pure” color (white, like mine) you’ll easily be able to see just how clean it gets the sponge. I’ve used the one pictured here daily for over three months now and it’s still as bright as new.

Have you used the BeautyBlender? Is there another method of makeup application that you prefer? Or do you have any tips/tricks? Let me know in the comments!