Cruelty-Free Beauty: Michael Todd Beauty Sonicblend Review

As a makeup noob, I’ve always had difficulty choosing the right makeup brushes – particularly, foundation brushes. I’ve seen several videos using different kinds of brushes – but who would buy a dozen different ones for applying foundation? I’d rather do it using my fingers, to be honest. But when I found out about Michael Todd Beauty, a cruelty-free beauty company, and their new sonicblend anti-microbial makeup brush I was curious to see how it works.

Here’s the lowdown on this revolutionary tool:

  • It’s the world’s first ever makeup brush that applies makeup at sonic speeds of up to 200 times per second.
  • It has built-in protection against microbial contamination.’
  • It uses the Smart 3D Flaw-Fill Technology, sonic movements that help create a natural-looking airbrushed finish.
  • Before using it for the first time, you will need to charge the brush handle using the charging cable for 3 hours.
  • There are 3 customizable speeds available.

And here’s the test that I did:

Swatch


I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Foundation in medium for my skin tone. The Smart 3D Flaw-Fill Technology provides gentle microbrush strokes per second for dispersing the products into large pores, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Actual

This technology allows for a flawless look. I was pretty satisfied with the coverage I got. I’ve been using the same foundation for about a year now, but this brush is actually pretty good. The bristles are so soft, and I didn’t have to use and waste a lot of liquid foundation because the sonic movements helped distribute it evenly on my face.

I also liked the fact that it looked so natural afterwards. Check out the simple Red Lip Tutorial I did below using Michael Todd Beauty’s sonicblend anti-microbial makeup brush.

DISCLAIMER: The product was sent to me complimentary by Michael Todd Beauty for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Cruelty-Free Beauty: Cowen Enterprise Review

Working for an organic and cruelty-free beauty company, I became more aware of the harm synthetic chemical and animal-derived ingredients can do to our health and environment. Late in the fall, I began transitioning to more natural skincare products that haven’t been tested on animals.

It was hard saying goodbye to products I’ve been using for years, but I’ve been lucky enough to get a chance to review products that align with my new beauty goal. Last month, I received these products from Cowen Enterprise, a health and skincare company that uses only natural ingredients in their formulations, for review.

I got to test Bio-Gold Crystal Anti-Aging Restructuring Firming Essence and the Bio-Gold Crystal Whitening Lifting Mask.

The Firming Essence uses Active Gold, Ginseng Extract, and natural herb essences that promote skin cell regeneration, leaving the skin youthful and silky smooth. While the Lifting Mask contains marine collagen, ginseng extract, and natural antioxidants that fight off free radicals that speed up skin aging.

I tried both products for 2 weeks and here are my results:

After that period, I could see and feel the difference. My skin actually looked brighter and felt firmer and smoother. Even my husband was amazed.

I applied the Essence twice a day and used up all of its contents just right in time for this review. The liquid was a bit runny, but I figured it was essential for maximum skin absorption. I’m fully satisfied with the outcome that I honestly wouldn’t mind purchasing one.

As for the mask – I’m in love with it! My skin has never felt softer and refreshed than it did since using the mask. It also helped that the mask was made of jelly so you can really see and feel your skin absorbing all the good stuff.

Have you tried any of their products before?

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DISCLAIMER: The products were sent to me complimentary by Cowen Enterprise for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil Review

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils are finally here! Influenster sent me these last month to test in exchange for an honest, impartial review, but LIFE got in the way. My hubby and I moved to a new place because I got a new job as a digital content strategist for a beauty company. Hurray! But Corporate Philippines is so different from Corporate America, so I had to unlearn and learn so many things. 🙂

Anyway, I received 4 Bite Beauty goodies: 2 lip pencils and 2 lipsticks from their Amuse Bouche line. To be honest, I wasn’t quite thrilled with what I got because they’re not the shades that I would normally use….

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5 Reasons Thrift Shopping Is Awesome

Every year, we generate more than 70 billion pounds of textile waste. Since many of these textiles are made from synthetic materials, they stay in landfills for more than 200 years – that and other billions of clothing from previous years. When I stumbled upon this information, I could not help but feel partly responsible for this problem.

When I was younger, I thought following trends and having the latest in fashion are “cool”. But when I realized it’s not helping the planet at all, I made it my mission to help reduce waste by shopping at thrift stores as much as I can. And it’s the best decision I’ve made so far.

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Do You Need to Clean Up Your Beauty Act?

Fresh nails, on point hair and that hot, new lip color. These are all things I adore! The invigorating scents, the fun ways to explore expressing myself through makeup and having fun “playing” with products are just a few of the reasons I love trying new cosmetics and personal products. But, when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in two years, I discovered that environmental factors could be contributing to her illness, which included the chemicals we are all exposed to every day through our products.

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