Make Me Up: The Body Shop Brushes

So early this week, Groupon was offering $20 for $45 dollars worth of merchandise at The Body Shop.  I haven’t shopped there in quite some time but there were a few things I needed and it was a great deal, so I couldn’t pass it up!

I finally got around to using the deal yesterday and I ended up purchasing a new foundation brush (I have wanted a good quality one for a few years now), the Vitamin E Eye Cream, and a concealer for my mom, and because I spent $30 on makeup products, they threw in a free brush roll with five brushes.  Okay, so usually when companies “throw in” free brushes or brush sets they are usually mini versions of the brushes or tools of lesser quality, this wasn’t the case with The Body Shop. The brushes are actually left over gift sets from the holidays which they still sell for $75 online; now they are just clearing them out.

The kit comes with eyeshadow, blush, lip, eyebrow/lash, and smugger brushes. Now I didn’t need the majority of these because I already have at least one of each (excluding the eyebrow/lash one and smudger), but hey, I’m not going to say no to free brushes right?  The brushes are made from synthetic hair I believe (The Body Shop is against animal testing so I can’t see them using real hair brushes), but they do seem to work very well.  I do have a few quips with some of them though.

Okay, so first off, I find the eyeshadow brush and blush brush a bit too small to apply eyeshadow and blush with.  The eyeshadow one I think I would rather use as an eyeliner brush for my lower lashline or even filling in my eyebrows with.  It is a very small brush, at least compared to the one I have from e.l.f. and Quo, which are significantly larger and easier to apply eyeshadow with. It actually kind of reminds me of the Good Karma brush that comes with the Naked Palette. As for the blush brush, it’s a bit thin, it’s not puffy like others out there, so for me I think I would just use it more for contouring or apply blush directly on my cheek bones.  I definitely would not use it to apply bronzer on my cheeks.

Used these this morning that's why they don't look so fluffy

As for all the rest of the brushes, I don’t usually use a lip brush, and I am interested in trying out that smudger one (it’s literally like an oversized eyeshadow applicator on a stick), as I have not yet had the chance to.  The eyebrow/lash one looks pretty cool and pretty basic so I don’t have to go into detail about that one.  And last but not least, the foundation brush (the only one I actually paid for – $23 CAD by the way) was fantastic.  This was the first high-quality foundation brush I have had (I have a $1 one from e.l.f. and I had another one from Winners that I got for $8) and it really makes a difference to invest in a better quality product.  My foundation blended way better compared to the previous foundation brushes I had, and it settled better on my skin.

So overall, would I recommend these brushes?  Yes, however, it depends on the brush and what you would be using it for, and of course personal preference.  I love the foundation brush, and even though I had some quips with the eyeshadow brush and blush brush, I still like them, but I wouldn’t necessary use them for what it says I’m supposed to use them for.

Have you tried the makeup brushes from The Body Shop?  Leave a comment with your thoughts!

The Cult Collection: Rosebud Salve

In today’s edition of The Cult Collection I talk about my number one beauty must have of all time! Smith’s Rosebud Salve!  I have been using this product for about six years now and I always make sure that I have a jar on me (you never know when you are going to get chapped lips).

Rosebud Salve, manufactured by the Rosebud Perfume Company in Woodsboro, Maryland, has been around since 1892 and is their flagship product.  It is available is almost every country in the world.  They also produce a variety of other balms, but the original still remains their number one seller.

So why is it so good?  Well, the product, made from what feels like a petroleum jelly base, not only heals dry lips, but it can also soothe diaper rash, dry skin, calm minor burns, and so on.  I myself have used it to get rid of pimples, heal dry skin, get rid of itchiness, as a hairline protectant when I dye my hair (when I didn’t have Vaseline on hand), and of course, for chapped lips.  It’s just so smooth and creamy (and non-sticky) and it stays on fairly long.  As for the smell, it has a rose scent to it, hence the name.

So is it cult-worthy?  I can rest assure you, it is!  At $8.50 Canadian ($6 US) it’s not only affordable but it actually does what it says.  I have recommended it to so many people who have gone on to try it and absolutely love it.  This is one product I swear by and constantly repurchase.  It also lasts you a long time because you don’t need a much of the product to get the job done.  It’s also fairly easy to get your hands on, you can purchase it at a variety of places, Sephora and American Apparel being some of the most popular locations.  One hint of advice though, do not leave it in super hot areas (like the inside of a car, like my friend did) because the texture of the product can “explode on you” or reform in the jar.

Have you tried Rosebud Salve?  Did you like it?

The Cult Collection: Urban Decay Primer Potion

So I didn’t really know much about eyeshadow primers until a few months ago.  I would always just apply my makeup directly on my eye lid and by the end of the day it would be all creased and basically non-existant.

I saw a lot of YouTube beauty gurus talk about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion so I thought that I had to give it a try.  I picked this up in the States at Sephora where it retails for $18 US (I think like $23 in Canada, somewhere around that price).  Urban Decay has three different versions of this product, but I chose to get the original one.  They also have discontinued the “genie bottle” and it’s now available in a squeeze tube for I think a dollar more.

So what does it do?  According to Urban Decay’s website:

This miracle eyeshadow primer is unmatched by any other in the beauty industry! The genie in this bottle fulfills three wishes: eyeshadow that lasts for 24+ hours, more vibrant color and absolutely NO CREASING. Use the magic wand and flocked applicator to apply Primer Potion to lids before shadow application. It glides on easily and dries down almost instantly, creating smooth lids that are super-powered eyeshadow magnets. Original formula dries down invisibly, while Eden and Sin are shades that can be worn as shadows or highlighters!

You apply the product using the applicator.  It’s similar to a lot of concealers out there or even a lipgloss applicator, however, the sponge part is at an angle so it’s easier to apply.  You swipe it on your eyelid and then blend in, you don’t need a lot.  In the new versions of it its just a squeeze tube that you squeeze on your finger and then blend in.

So does it work?  You betcha.  This product really holds the eye shadow and makes it smooth.

This photo was taken after about eight hours of eyeshadow wear with no primer underneath.  See how the shadow is almost completely off my lid?  Not to mention the creasing and just overall drabness of the shadow by the end of the day.

This was taken the next day when I applied the primer underneath my shadow.  I applied my makeup at 12 p.m. and this photo was taken at around 1:30 a.m., that’s 13.5 hours of wear, and it still looks pigmented and perfect.

So it is cult worthy?  Yes!! I love this product! I got a mini travel-sized one with my Naked palette so I am stocked up for now, but when I run out I will for sure purchase it again.

There are other kinds of eyeshadow primers out there, however, I have only tried Urban Decay’s. Have you tried it, or other eyeshadow primers?  If so, how do they compare?

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