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Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

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Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

I have a neat little concealer brush duo from Target to show you today.  This is the Target Up & Up brand Concealer Brush Duo.  I have an eyeshadow blending brush from the Up & Up brand that I really like, so I decided to give these concealer brushes a try to see if the quality continues to impress.  I have been tempted by the Sigma P82 Precision Round and P84 Precision Angled brushes, but could never justify the $19 (each) price tag.  The concealer brush that I currently use has longer bristles for a completely different shape.  The Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo is only $5.99 for the set, so I figured that I could try this shape out without too much investment.  I’m glad that I did.

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

These Up & Up Concealer brushes come with a rounded tip brush head and an angled tip brush head.  Here is what Target has to say about the brushes: “Use this uniquely designed up & up concealer duo for smooth, precise application of liquid, cream, or powder concealer. The rounded brush tip allows you to target small areas, including around the nose and over blemishes, while the angled brush tip allows you to target angled areas around the eyes for complete coverage.”  Both brushes are dense and have very soft bristles.  They don’t feel scratchy and the don’t poke the delicate skin under the eyes.  These are very inexpensive brushes, but the quality is much higher than the low price wold have you believe.

Angled brush tip

Angled brush tip

As recommended, I use the angled brush for under eye concealer.  It does a good job of blending out my concealer and leaving my under eye area smooth.  It is also precise enough to get right up to the lash line without getting concealer in my eye.  It’s a great brush.

Rounded brush tip

Rounded brush tip

I like the rounded brush for spot concealing.  I also use it after I put on my foundation to make sure that I don’t have any product build up in the creases of my nose or around my mouth.  Both brushes are pretty small, so they do a really good job at getting into those hard to reach areas.

I don’t own the Sigma P82 or the P84, so I can’t honestly say how these compare in quality or function.  I can say, however, that now that I have these Up & Up brushes I don’t feel like I need to get the Sigma brushes.  They are exactly what I was looking for.  They perform very well, and they have stood up to washing without shedding or losing their shape.  These are good brushes, especially when you consider the $5.99 price tag for the set.  I definitely recommend checking out the Target Up & Up brand Concealer Brush Duo next time you find yourself in Target.

Beauty and the Beast Themed Bags from SOHO Beauty

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Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Continuing on with Disney collections, SOHO Beauty now has line of makeup bags featuring Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Belle is one of my favorite Disney Princesses, so I am happy to see her featured.  According to SOHO Beauty, “This collection blends the romance of Beauty and the Beast with functional design to make your fairy tale dreams come true.”  There are four new bags in the collection, and are available at drugstore.com, walgreens.com, and Walgreens locations.  The styles are a little bit different than past Disney princess collabs, but not by much.  Three out of the four bags have rose and gold theming, the wristlet being the one exception.  Unlike the previous Frozen collection of bags, SOHO has varied the images so that it is conceivable to want to collect the whole set.  The different style options (taken from drugstore.com) are:

  • SOHO Disney Belle Wristlet- $7.99
  • SOHO Disney Belle Organizer- $9.99
  • SOHO Disney Belle 2-Peice Clutch Set- $9.99
  • SOHO Disney Belle Train Case- $11.99
SOHO Disney Belle Wristlet

SOHO Disney Belle Wristlet

SOHO Disney Belle Organizer

SOHO Disney Belle Organizer

SOHO Disney Belle 2-Peice Clutch Set

SOHO Disney Belle 2-Peice Clutch Set

SOHO Disney Belle Train Case

SOHO Disney Belle Train Case

And of course there is a correlating Belle makeup line that has been released from e.l.f., just like with previous princesses.  I know that it has popped up in certain Walgreens stores, but the makeup is not yet available at walgreens.com or drugstore.com.  This time the collection includes Orly brand nail polish and lip balm from a brand called Townly.  I’ll be sure to post about them when they pop up online, or I spot them in my local Walgreens.  What do you think of the Belle collection?  Do any of these bags tempt you?  Have you purchased any of the SOHO Disney bags from past collections?  Let’s discuss in the comments below.

 

Beauty Quickie: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

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I have a Beauty Quickie for you today.  Let’s talk about the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.  For those who haven’t seen my Beauty Quickies before, they are shorter product reviews that I usually do.  It’s kind of a down and dirty look at the product.  The setting sprays that I enjoy the most are the Urban Decay All Nighter and NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.  They both perform very well.  I was really curious to see how L’Oreal’s version stands up, especially with a $16 price tag, a bit much for the drugstore.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

Here is the blurb from L’Oreal: “Keep your makeup looking fresh hours after application: no melting, fading or touch-ups necessary. This lightweight, oil free setting spray locks in your total makeup look, Face, Eyes, and Lips, preventing color from smudging or settling into fine lines for all-day staying power.”  I have dry skin, so I usually don’t have too many issues with fading throughout the day.  My main reason for using a setting spray is to get rid of that powdery look when I am finished with my makeup.  But I did put Infallible Pro-Spray & Set to the test on long days in warm weather.  I tried it over several foundations, and to be honest, I didn’t see much of a difference in how my makeup wore.  I tried to give Infallible Pro-Spray & Set the benefit of the doubt, but it just didn’t seem to do anything.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

In addition to the lackluster performance, I have two major complaints with Infallible Pro-Spray & Set.  The first is that the spray comes out a little too hard for my taste.  I use the recommended T and X motion to evenly distribute the mist, but it sprays too much.  My face ends up feeling too wet and a little sticky.  The other major complaint that I have for the Infallible Pro-Spray & Set is its horrible smell.  My husband says that it smells like glue.  I think it smells like cheap generic lotion from the 80’s.  It’s sort of a powdery, chemical, perfumy smell.  It is so gross, and not something I want on my face (or anywhere else).  L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray has gotten some great reviews online, but for me it is a total dud.  Save your $16, and put it towards the $30 Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, or even better, spend $7.99 on the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray and get some Starbucks with the rest.

Monthly Favorites and Fails, March 2015

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March 2015 Monthly Favorites

March 2015 Monthly Favorites

It’s Monthly Favorites time, better late than never.  Thank you for your well-wishes while I was sick.  I was pretty bad off all week with that stomach flu, but I feel much better now.  Almost completely back to normal.  I thought about skipping Favorites for March since it is so late in the month, but I really like Favorites posts.  Besides, I’ve been testing new products that I haven’t gotten a chance to review yet.  I really want to at least mention a couple of them because there are so many drugstore brand sales this week.  So, even though it is almost half way through April, I am going to talk about my favorites from March.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

My first favorite is one that I haven’t gotten a chance to review yet, but that I have been really liking.  It’s the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  I am surprised my how much I like this foundation.  I have dry skin, so I was expecting that it would be too dry for me, but it isn’t as long as I use a good primer underneath.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte has an extremely lightweight formula.  It does not have a full matte finish, but more of a demi-matte finish that keeps some of the life in your skin which is probably why I can get away with using it.  The foundation lasts all day on me, even long days outside like at Disneyland.  I will do a full review soon, but in the mean time, know that L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a keeper.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Another product that I haven’t gotten the chance to review yet is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  Here is the blurb from Maybelline: “Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles to reveal a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides for a sensational full fan effect.”  I love how my lashes look with this mascara.  The “full fan effect” is no joke, and I get great length and volume with Lash Sensational.  This is definitely a mascara worth checking out.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush

Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush

It is Springime and I am all over a coral lip.  I keep reaching for my Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush from the Pink’ed collection. For those who haven’t tried Maybelline Baby Lips yet, they are a tinted lip balm.  I find them pretty moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  They have a lot of shine and generally sheer pigmentation, though some shades do pack more of a punch of color than others.  Rose Rush is a pink toned coral shade that has sheer, but still noticeable pigmentation.  I think that Baby Lips are a great option and I often have one in my purse.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

I found myself reaching for my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes all month long.  I have several of them, and I love the formula.  I know that you are all probably familiar with the Amazonian Clay Blushes, so I won’t spend a ton of time on them.  All you really need to know is that they are nicely pigmented and apply very smoothly.  The blushes pictured are in the shades Adventurous and Treasured, which were both Limited Edition, but any of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are worth exploring if you haven’t already done so.  They are a cult favorite for a reason.

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent

I am still absolutely loving my Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent.  I did a full review of this brush shampoo as well as the Goat’s Milk variety, so be sure to check it out for more details.  I still can’t get over how well it cleans my brushes and how quickly I can get through all of them.  It cuts through foundation and cream products like nothing else that I have tried.  I have a ton of brushes, and this brush shampoo makes it so much easier to clean them.  I also really like the subtle Lemon scent.  It is very fresh.  Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo is a little expensive, but I think that for my needs it is absolutely worth the cost.

Pedi Scrub Foot Buffer

Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer

I was without my Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer for a couple months, and now that I have it back I can tell how much I missed it and what a difference it makes.  This is the Revitalizing Citron-Eucalyptus version.  I think that I may prefer the Lavender & Tea Tree Oil a little more, but both scents are very nice.  One side of the Spongeable is soft and gentle, infused with soap and aromatic botanicals to leave feet clean, fresh and sweet smelling.  The other side buffs away dry, rough skin on heels and soles, and exfoliates.  Use the soft side to cleanse and moisturize; flip the sponge over to the scruffy side to exfoliate and massage away aches, pain and tension.  I really like Spongeables, and don’t want to go without again.

B&BW Honeysuckle Wall Flowers

B&BW Honeysuckle Bouquet Wall Flowers

And finally, more of a lifestyle favorite is the Bath & Body Works Wallflower in Honeysuckle Bouquet.  I know that I have talked about how much I love B&BW Wallflowers.  They are so easy to just plug in and get any room smelling great.  I use candles in the living room, but I always have a Wallflower in the bathroom.  Honeysuckle Bouquet is described as “Sweet honeysuckle, pink peony and a touch of creamy vanilla bring spring to any room.”  I love the smell of honeysuckle, and this scent is divine.  I totally recommend picking it up for spring.

And, now onto some Fails for the month.  Sadly, I did have some products that I did not like at all.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream

My first fail of the month is the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream.  I was so excited to try this out, and was extremely disappointed by its performance.  It is supposed to be “a luxurious, high performance formula that will even out your skin tone, vanishing flaws and imperfections and smoothing skin texture without ever leaving a greasy feel or finish.”  I tried so hard to make this product work for me.  I applied it with brushes, my fingers, a sponge, with and without primer.  No matter what I did, the BB Cream looked streaky and patchy on my skin.  I think there is too much oil in the formula, and that’s coming from someone with dry skin.  It sank into my pores, emphasized every flaw, and made my skin look terrible.  I was really surprised because I know a lot of people love Physicians Formula face products like this, but I hated the formula.  Also, people who are sensitive to smell will have a hard time using this product because the argan oil is kind of stinky.  All in all it was a big fail for me.

Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set

Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set

My other fail for the month was this Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set.  This is the first product from the Born Pretty Store that has not worked at all for me.  The set includes five cute plaid patterns of full nail wraps that are water decals.  My main issue with these is that they were so big that they were completely unruly.  I had to cut them down a lot to fit my nails, and then when I tried to apply them, they kept folding up and creasing.  Every time I would try to smooth them out they would slip and slide around my nail because water decals are like that until they dry.  It was a very long and frustrating process which yielded very poor results.  I think the patterns are super cute, but they were not worth the hassle.

And that wraps up my Favorites and Fails for March.  I am sorry that this post was so late but like I said, I felt like I was dying last week, so it is better late than never.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I will try to get the full reviews of the new 2015 products up as soon as I can, though I probably won’t review the crappy BB Cream.  I’ll just say that it sucked and leave it at that.  But definitely a review for the L’Oreal Foundation and the Maybelline mascara will be coming down the pike.  What did you think of my Favorites and Fails?  Have you had any experience with these products?  Do you disagree with my opinions?  Let’s talk about it in the comments below.  Thanks again for all of your well wishes while I was sick.  I appreciate it, and I am so happy to be feeling better.

SOHO Beauty Introduces Elsa Frozen-Themed Makeup Bags

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Continuing on with Disney collections, SOHO Beauty now has line of makeup bags featuring Elsa from Disney’s hit movie Frozen.  Four new bags featuring the snow queen are available at drugstore.com, walgreens.com, and Walgreens locations.  They are similar styles to past collections with Disney princesses, this time around with a train case instead of the weekender.  The four bags have light blue and white Frozen snow theming.  They are very similar to each other, with almost the exact same image of Elsa’s face prominently featured.  The different style options (taken from drugstore.com) are:

  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag- $7.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet- $7.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer- $9.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case- $11.99
SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case

And that is SOHO Beauty’s Elsa bag collection.  For those of you who are wondering, yes, there is a correlating Elsa Frozen makeup line from e.l.f., just like with previous princesses.  I know that it has popped up in certain Walgreens stores, but the makeup is not yet available at walgreens.com or drugstore.com.  What do you think?  Do any of these bags tempt you?  Have you purchased any of the SOHO Disney bags from past collections?  Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Great New Brushes from e.l.f. Now Available

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New Brushes from e.l.f.

New Brushes from e.l.f.

So last week, I told you about several new products that have been released from e.l.f. over the last couple of months.  Well, over the weekend e.l.f. released several new brushes to their Studio line that I thought deserved another post because I know some of you are going to want to get your hands on them soon. I am a big fan of the e.l.f. Studio line brushes.  I find that the Essential line can be pretty hit and miss, but the Studio line is consistently good quality for a very low price. It should be noted that almost all of these new brushes start at a slightly higher price than the old Studio brushes, but I will get into that.  So, let’s take a look at the brushes.  I’ll start quickly with the one that I told you about last week, just in case you missed that post.

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush

As I mentioned last Tuesday, this is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush.  According to e.l.f., this is “A true beauty multi-tasker, this brush works for blending, highlighting, contouring, and stippling.The densely compacted bristles distribute powder evenly to create a smooth and soft-focused finish. Flat edges fit the contours of your face while curved corners allow for targeted, precise application. The soft bristles of this Taklon brush are vegan-friendly and easy to clean.”  To use, e.l.f. suggests starting on the outside of the face in small circular motions, apply product over the forehead, nose, and cheeks.   At $10, the Ultimate Kabuki is pricey for the Studio line, most of which come in at $3 each.  In fact, I believe that it is the most expensive brush that e.l.f. makes.  However previous e.l.f. Kabuki brushes are regularly priced at $6, and the Ultimate Kabuki is a very large brush, so the price (even for e.l.f.) is not out of hand.  Compared to other brushes of this kind on the market, it is a down right steal.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush

Now onto the brand new brushes.  This is the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush.  “This brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup application to help achieve professional looks. The densely packed hair and structured shape achieves flawless dimension along the cheekbones, forehead, and jawline for targeted contouring. Perfect for using with pressed or loose bronzer powder, liquids, and creams to create beautiful sculpting all over the face. This brush is made by artisans with expert craftsmanship to cut, shape, and hand-assemble the ultra-fine hair for a luxurious experience.”  To use, apply color on the sides of the brush for a natural blend, or use the top of the brush for fuller coverage.  The Studio Contouring Brush retails for $6.00.  All three of the new face brushes are a step up from the standard, so to me it makes sense that they are a few dollars more than the rest of the Studio line.  Again, similar brushes to the Studio Contouring Brush would cost a lot more than $6.00 from any other brand.

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush

Next up is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush.  “The Ultimate Blending Brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup techniques that help achieve professional looks. The large dome-shaped head and densely packed bristles maneuver in and around the crevices and contours of your face for seamless, even coverage. It picks up the perfect amount of product to build coverage with powder, liquid, or mousse foundation, bronzer, or blush. The ultra-fine fibers are hand cut, shaped, and assembled by artisans for expert craftsmanship for a luxury experience.”  This brush reminds me a lot of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush that comes in the Core Collection Face Brush Set.  The Ultimate Blending Brush retails for $6.00.  This is the only one of the new brushes that makes me wonder if the higher price is warranted.  I don’t know how much a difference in manufacturing or precision that the Ultimate Blending Brush would have over say, the Studio Powder Brush that is only $3.  At the end of the day, $6 is very inexpensive for a good face brush, but I do wonder how e.l.f. is going to handle the complaints (because you know that there will be people balking at those extra $3).

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush

The final brush may not seem as exciting as the face brushes, but I am actually pretty interested in the new e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush.  “This convenient dual-sided brush includes a dense angled brush on one end to precisely fill in and contour brows while the wand side combs and shapes hair into place. Perfect to use with powder, cream, and gel formulas for a polished look.”  To use, e.l.f. suggests to brush hair into shape with the wand end. Then, following the natural arch, fill in any sparse areas of the brow with the angled brush by using short feathery strokes that mimic hair to help shape and define.  I love the e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush, and use it every day to fill in my eyebrows.  I pair it with the Essential Brow Comb+Brush.  I think that it is great that they made this combo, and think that it will be super convenient and useful.  The e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush retails for $3.00.

I don’t know about you, but if I am being honest I want all four of these new e.l.f. brushes.  I don’t absolutely need the Ultimate Blending Brush because I do have a similar brush already, but the other three brushes would be totally unique to my collection.  Even with the slightly higher prices, these brushes are extremely affordable.  Of course, e.l.f. always has a sale going on, so I will probably wait until I can score a decent discount and then scoop them up.  How about you?  Are you interested in e.l.f.’s new brushes?  Let me know in the comments below.  Right now all four of these brushes are available at eyeslipsface.com.  I am not sure when or if they will make their way into Target stores.

Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo

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Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos

Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos

Hey everyone, today I want to tell you about a product that has been a real game changer for me.  I have the Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos to show you, and they have worked wonders for helping me clean my brushes in record time and making the process much less arduous.  I hate cleaning my brushes.  I hate it with the burning intensity of a thousand suns, and I put the task off as long as possible.  I have so many brushes and it takes so long to wash them that the process feel torturous.  (Yes, I am a little over-dramatic.)  The Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos are so good that they have cut my cleaning time by more than half.  I am not exaggerating.  They are so easy to use and work wonders at getting deep into the brush heads to get all the makeup out, no matter how dirty the brush is.  You have to check them out.

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in the Lemon

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in the Lemon

Here is product description for these brush shampoos: “Clean Brush Shampoo is what makeup artists everywhere have been waiting for: a brush cleaner strong enough to cut the elbow grease out of washing your brushes, yet gentle enough to not ruin the pricey tools you spent so much time and money accumulating.  The answer came to creator Jessicca Ochs, in pure, essential ingredients drawn from the world we live in – not hazardous factories.  Clean Brush Cleaner comes in a solid soap form and eliminates the need for extra materials; simply wet your brush, swirl it around in the tub, rinse, and lay flat to dry.  With two equally-beloved formulas, the Goat’s Milk aids in whitening brush bristles, while the Olive Oil provides necessary conditioning, particularly for natural hairs.  These cleansers rinse completely from your brushes and leave behind a light, pleasant fragrance of your choice if you wish.  No heavy, oily or dense residue – only soft, fresh bristles that perform like new.

I purchased the Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in the Lemon scent, and the Clean Apothecary Goat’s Milk Brush Shampoo in Unscented.  Both formulas work equally well at cleaning every trace of makeup off my brushes.  Even foundation brushes only take a few swirls to become completely clean.  I used to have to go back into my cleansing product several times and really work it into the bristles to get my foundation brushes clean.  I hated doing it because I was concerned about damaging the bristles, but it was the only way to remove all of the makeup.  It would take two or three minutes to get just one brush clean, which really adds up when you have as many brushes as I do.  With the Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo I don’t have to be so hard on my brushes to get them clean, and it takes mere seconds.  Another great bonus is that, because of conditioning agents in the shampoos, the process doesn’t dry my hands out at all.

Clean Apothecary Goat's Milk Brush Shampoo in Unscented

Clean Apothecary Goat’s Milk Brush Shampoo in Unscented

I wanted to try both the scented and unscented versions of the shampoo because I know that people can be sensitive to scent.  I also wondered if the unscented version would have an unpleasant natural aroma as many unscented products can have.  The Goat’s Milk Brush Shampoo in Unscented truly has no scent.  The ingredients are: Glycerin, palm oil, coconut oil, goat’s milk powder, titanium dioxide, tea tree oil, and essential oil scent.  I definitely noticed that it got my white brushes completely clean and properly white again.  I decided to try the Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon.  Other options are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Rose, Vanilla, and Unscented.  The ingredients for the olive oil version are: Olive oil, glycerin, palm oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, and essential oil scent.  The Lemon scent was strong during the washing process, not overpowering, but definitely noticeable.  It is a fresh and bright scent that I really liked.  There is a very subtle scent that lingers on the brushes for a few days.  You may not notice it if you aren’t trying to find it like I was, but I was getting the brush right under my nose and sniffing it.  After a few days, even that subtle scent vanishes, and I couldn’t smell any trace of the lemon left on my brushes.  There is no residue left on the brushes, one thing that I was worried about with the Olive Oil formula.  Instead, they were soft, clean, and ready to go.

I can not say enough good things about the Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos.  They are fantastic.  I purchased mine through camerareadycosmetics.com.  The one drawback is that Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos are kind of hard to find, and you will most likely need to purchase them online.  Camera Ready Cosmetics has two sizes of brush shampoo, 2 oz and 4 oz, available.  The 2 oz tub is $15 and the 4 oz retails for $20.  I realize that seems pretty pricey for brush cleaner, but let me tell you, it is worth every penny.  If you have a lot of makeup brushes and it takes you an hour or two to clean them, you need this in your life.  You will literally be amazed at how simply and easily your brushes get cleaned.