Tool Talk- Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

I rarely (if ever) talk too much about my brushes.  The main reason for that is the majority of them aren’t all that special.  I have a few “special” brushes-some that I have overpaid for (MAC 187) and some that I have waited entirely too long for (Sigma F82) only to have them disappoint in more than one manner.

Introducing the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

I was reading Alicia’s blog and she mentioned the UD Good Karma brush.  Here’s what she said about it AND I QUOTE (ahem)

“This medium sized, synthetic brush is the perfect brush for blending foundation into the skin. Using small circular motions, the brush’s dense head “flawlessly applies, buffs and blurs” your foundation, leaving no streak marks or lines of ‘de-markation’.  While the Optical Blurring Brush is lauded as a foundation brush, I have also been using it to apply my bronzer and blush, and find that it works well with both liquid and powder products. Like all of Urban Decay’s products, this brush is vegan and completely cruelty-free.”

And from Sephora.ca:

“Developed for use with Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation, this brush picks up and distributes all formulations from liquid to cream to powder makeup better than a sponge. The “optical blurring” comes in when you buff out your makeup: instead of a streaky finish from fingers or a sponge, buffing disperses the light-diffusing particles in Naked Skin and seemingly fine lines disappear. It’s blending ability makes it ideal for mature skin, as it creates a smooth, youthful-looking appearance. The medium-large brush with densely packed hairs has a domed top that maneuvers nicely around the face, making it suitable for under the eye, around the nose, and around the brow area.”

I picked up this brush 2 days before I went on vacation and took it with me.

I’m sure glad I did!  I am loving this brush and have no complaints!

It’s wonderful for my liquid foundation and it has the perfect amount of flexibility for me-it’s not completely flexible but not incredibly stiff or inflexible.  The price point doesn’t make my wallet burst into flames either!  I’ve used it with my bronzers like Alicia suggested but I prefer it for my liquid foundation at the mo’  Perhaps in the near future, I will purchase another with the intent of that brush being exclusively for powders-hey at $26.00 CAD, I can get another.

Another “positive”-great reviews on sephora.com

So like I said, I don’t tool talk often, but I had to tell you about this brush.  It’s the right price and gives fabulous face!  BUY IT!

Oh, one more thing-check Alicia’s review here-it made her September favorites.

 

 

Going green gets better with Ella’s Botanicals!

Even though ingredients aren’t necessarily a ‘make it or break it’ item for me, I thought it would be important to post about a Canadian line of products that pays EXTRA attention to ingredients!  Ella’s Botanicals is a Toronto-based all natural body care brand known for handmade clean and green products.  They have recently made *key* modifications to their lotion formulas, making themselves even ‘greener’!

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L’Oreal Paris Red Carpet Styles! Looks like I’m the last person to post about this!

 

No flashy title needed because the pictures are going to speak volumes.   I’m all kinds of excited for what L’Oreal Paris has up their sleeves!   I’ll also post some photos from the Red Carpet Styles Event I attended in early September.  Take a peek:

Loreal’s  1st Self Adjusting BB Cream cream in Canada, Magic Skin Beautifier, with Beautifying Beads that instantly self-adjust to your perfect shade for a flawless nude look. It delivers multiple beautifying actions: hydrates, corrects, evens and perfects. 

Experience 5 complexion-perfecting benefits in one simple step. The Youth Code™ BB Cream Illuminator instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes and protects skin. In one week, tone and texture are improved and skin is healthier looking. Contains broad-spectrum SPF 15. Available in 2 shades.

Make way for the new generation of sensual colour – Colour Caresse by Colour Riche in 12 luminous shades. Formulated with 50% less wax than traditional lipstick, the revolutionary Lightfeel System delivers a feather-light finish that’s never sticky or heavy. No one caresses your lips like this.

The future of eye shadow is here! La Couleur Infallible reinvents eye shadow with enhanced color intensity, a new velvety feel, and 24 hour long-lasting hold.

This lightweight cream helps transform the look of aging skin by working both the skin’s surface and the upper layers of the skin to repair, re-densify and re-firm the look of skin.

Elnett Satin Lumiere Hairspray delivers brilliant shine with a new ultra strong hold formula.  Loreal’s patented light micro-reflectors create an invisible veil at the surface of the hair to capture the surrounding light.

Hair Expertise Nutri-Sleek Precious Oils nourishes the hair fiber and helps to protect it against daily aggressors such as over-washing and over-styling with heat appliances. 

Superior Preference’s new packaging features a new couture look along with consumer-friendly packaging and easy-to-follow instructions for haircolor!

From the event:

…and only because I have been asked, here is a photo of me in my dress.  I love this dress-it’s made by JAX:

And my hair by Romana of TONYC salon (if you want her info, please comment at the end of the post-she’s amazing):

I also took a photo of Sandra’s curls because I was pulling on them as soon as I saw her (she is makeupjunkie19):

Notable items (for me) from the event:

one of my favorite suggested red carpet ‘looks’

I believe!

Sisters in Blonde

 

Chandeliers are my favorite…..

Roses are my other favorite…..

 

myself, Canadian Fashionista (center), and CF’s pal looking amazing at the Red Carpet Styles event!

Don’t forget to check out my video on this event too!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ettuandyou?feature=watch

Huge thanks to L’Oreal Paris Canada for inviting me to the event!

I’m super excited to try out these products and looking forward to what L’Oreal has in store for the upcoming holiday season!

 

What are you looking forward to trying for fall? Are YOU red-carpet-ready?

Judith & Charles reveal at First Canadian Place! Minimalist+elegant=delicious & sophisticated for Fall 2012!

I don’t receive many fashion related invites (princess problems, right?), but when I got this one, I had to accept! It’s steps away from work, and I have passed by the ‘under construction’ storefront more than once. So imagine my delight when I happened upon the newly renovated Judith & Charles store at First Canadian Place!

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