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May 2016

So, So, So Soft – NYX Pro Brushes

NYX Pro Brushes

Holy Grail brushes have evaded me until now. My regular rotation includes a few favourites, but none that I would be particularly sad to never use again.

My go-to blush brush is a no-namer from Winners; I purchased an IT Cosmetics blush brush thinking it was an upgrade, but I prefer the cheap find.

I’ve been slow to warm to high end options. I returned the Sephora + hakuho-do brushes that I purchased because they were scratchy and the shape confused me.

I totally bought into the Morphe hype and was disappointed by most of my selections. I love the G3 tapered contour brush for cream products (the image on the website, by the way, looks nothing like the brush I received), and I cycle through an assortment of crease/blending brushes because I have them on hand.

Most earn a hearty meh.

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May 9, 2016

Best Solid Brush Cleanser – Japonesque


Yes, it’s a chore, but keeping your makeup brushes and sponges clean is a non-negotiable side effect of being a beauty junkie. Brushes used regularly should be washed at least once a week—especially face brushes, especially if you’re acne-prone.

Beauty sponges, on the other hand—why aren’t you washing yours every day? I cringe so hard when I see janky, foundation-soaked beauty blenders in YouTube tutorials. Yuck! You run it under water every day anyway. Why not add some soap to the mix and keep it in the best shape?

One of the products that has helped me keep my brushes and sponges looking brand new is the Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser ($25 CAD). I have repurchased this product three times now—after trying both the beautyblender beautycleanser Solid ($22 CAD) and the Sephora Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner ($17 CAD), it’s my preferred brush cleanser.

After using the beautyblender and Sephora brand cleansers, I realized that the thing I loved about them most was that they were… solid brush cleansers. The formulas weren’t anything special—I just loved how easy it was to get my beautyblender clean every morning without having to blast through my facial cleanser or DIY an oil-and-soap mixture. The soap didn’t slide around in the container, and it was tidy, travel-friendly, and convenient. I was curious to see what other solid cleansers were out there.

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May 7, 2016