Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It’s been a good long while since I did anything new with my hair, and that includes cuts! I tend to neglect my hair between sessions in a salon and the result is usually lots of dead and split ends, sad curls, and just an unhappy time for everyone.

My experience with HAIR LOFT West Loop, however, was phenomenal! I worked with Christian on recommendation of the owner, Ben, and couldn’t be more pleased to report that he did an amazing job with the color, the cut, and the styling. I’m so so happy with my hair now and actually feel confident no matter how it’s styled thanks to a killer cut and a fresh new color look.

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

We sat down and just chatted hair for a little bit. Christian asked about my general routine, how I style, my last cut, and more of the usual. I showed him some photos to use as inspiration for both color and style and then basically told him “Have fun!” And oh boy did he.

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

We went over to the color bar where we talked specific shades for me and he mixed my color. We went with a dark chocolate-y brown around the roots which fades to a very light blonde for the middle and ends of my hair.

I love that the color bar is separate from the rest of the salon. That means that if you’re just in for a blowout, you’re not getting suffocated by the smells of color in the next chair over. And there are no mirrors in the color bar so you can’t get nervous as color is being applied. It requires a new level of trust for your stylist but it’s definitely for the better. It makes seeing your color for the first time feel like a big reveal!

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Everyone’s least favorite part is waiting for color to set. But with a table full of magazines, tea and coffee, and actually comfy chairs, it’s not the worst experience ever.

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Over to the washing station which is equally as beautiful (this whole space is beautiful, let’s be real) to get the color out and then back to the color bar to tone that lightener. This is another point where I was super glad there weren’t any mirrors in the color bar. Just-bleaches hair looks and feels gross so not being able to see it actually kept me way calmer than seeing it in a mirror. Putting that trust in Christian again!

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

After a little bit more waiting around and a trip to the washing station for shampoo and conditioner, it was finally over to the styling stations where Christian began his masterful work. Cutting layers everywhere, getting my less than happy ends gone, and really giving my hair some wonderful attention while still keeping it long, the way I love it.

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A little blow drying and a little bit of curling followed. Christian talked me through some awesome tips for curling my hair which I was able to [sort of] replicate later on my own. I think a big part of it is going to be practice but that’s half the fun sometimes, right?

But now, for the magic:

Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I absolutely LOVE it! I love the way he styled the curls, I love how the color came out, I love the layers and the length. Absolutely all of it is just perfection. Christian did a truly wonderful job with my mane and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Want to work with Christian as well? Here’s his hours:

Tue West Loop 11a – 7p
Wed River North 1p – 9p
Thu River North 1p – 9p
Fri West Loop 11a – 7p
Sat West Loop 9a – 5p
The River North location can be found at 217 W Huron and the West Loop is at 33 N Carpenter.
Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo
Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo
Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo
Curls and Color with Hair Loft West Loop | Stile.Foto.Cibo
Many thanks again to Ben and Christian of Hair Loft for the amazing new look as well as to Sarah of Levine-Moore Photography for the photos!

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

As with most people, what I’m using on my body varies from season to season. While I opt for exclusively heavy-moisture products in the winter and pumpkin spice scented everything in the fall, summer is when I spend some time experimenting with my favorites. It’s the perfect time to see what my skin and I both like, have a little fun, and see what’s new on the market!

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser, White Tea and Vitamin E

With dry skin all year round, I need a face cleanser that specifically states it won’t over-dry. If it isn’t oil free, all the better. This cleanser has been a lifesaver and I’ve definitely noticed a new brightness in my skin. It smells AMAZING and feels great to boot. I don’t think it will be my winter cleanser and it still occasionally leaves my skin feeling a little tight in places but it’s awesome for these hot summer days. So refreshing.

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream

I got this as a sample at Lush in the Park in early May. I watched them make it and immediately fell in love with the straight up fresh ingredients. They just squeezed mandarins right into the mix to give it that amazing scent and freshness! And in-shower it’s so great. The cocoa butter gives it this silky quality that makes it feel way more luxurious than it actually is. And with continued use, I’ve noticed a huge difference on overall softness. Those nasty scaly bits that formed from winter? They’re gone! And it leaves the whole darn shower smelling so great for hours after.

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ouidad Botanical Boost

I adore this spray. It’s super great for my hair regardless of if I’m blowing it our or letting my curls run wild. It gives my hair that little extra oomph it needs to not go all over the place in Chicago’s darn-near-famous humidity and keeps me feeling fresh and REfreshed every single time I use it. So great!

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

MyBurberry Eau de Toilette

I posted about getting this amazing scent but I haven’t updated you guys since. It’s been so so excellent. I love the fresh and citrus notes to it and just how perfect it is for warm weather. I’ve been spraying it everywhere, too. My outfit for the day, my hair, and every single pulse point. I’m so obsessed with this scent I would bathe in it if I could. I didn’t think it was possible to love a scent so much but here we are. [swoon]

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

essie figi nail polish

If high school me could look at current me, she would be disappointed. And it wouldn’t be for career or life or love reasons. It would simply be for the sheer amount of pink in my life. Confessions, I was my high school’s token goth kid, Tripp brand pants and all. Black was my dominant color along with red, line green, and orange. And yet here I am, so many years later, running a freaking style blog and telling you all how much I absolutely adore this soft pink nail polish. But for real, this color is amazing. And you all know how great of a brand essie is. They’re the bomb!

My Favorite Beauty Products, Summer 2016 | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

I feel like every blogger ever has used this lotion. It’s such a beauty staple but that doesn’t change how much I absolutely adore it. I love the light color it gives and, honestly, I love the scent of it. The only thing I’m not a fan of is how long it can sometimes take to dry. Orange tinted sheets are not cute, guys. But such is life. Just means I won’t be snapchatting (@dannie54) in my bedroom until laundry day. Seriously, this is perfect to build that light glow, especially until I can spend a few days of dedicated bum time at the beach.

My beauty regime isn’t that at all. I don’t spend hours in front of a mirror primping. I usually wake up most mornings, half-assedly throw on some mascara, and book it out the door. If I’m being completely honest, I forget to wash my face before bed more often than I remember. And I do my nails with alarming infrequency. But when I do take the time to spend some time, this is what I’m reaching for. All the time, every time.

What are your favorite products? Give me the deets in the comments and I just might feature them next time!

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Treat Yourself with PrettyQuick

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This past week, I gave myself a little “Treat Yourself” kind of day where I focused entirely on self care and things I enjoy that make me happy. Among that included a manicure and letting someone else do my blowout for a change. And I booked them both through my new favorite app, PrettyQuick.

Here’s how it works: Download the app. Make an account. Find a salon. Book your appointment. Go to appointment. Pay through the app.

My first appointment was the mani at Fuga Italian Escape. I’m trying to curb my nail biting and a mani seemed like the way to do that. I booked my appointment the night before and had everything confirmed before I went to bed. Next day I got there and was greeted with tea before going to actually get my mani. The service was amazing and I definitely never would have found this salon if it hadn’t been for PrettyQuick.

Next up was my blowout. Admittedly, I had a harder time booking this one. The cashless payment system was down at the first salon I tried to book and the second one didn’t have any appointments when I was available. But PrettyQuick made it really easy to find a new salon and finally make an appointment at Chroma Salon and Spa in Lincolnwood. Once again, amazing service (this time with coffee) and I left with a great blowout that I didn’t have to do myself!

Basically, this app is my new favorite, maybe even above Instagram. They make beauty easy.

Want to give it a try for yourself? Unfortunately, the app is only for iOS devices. But for those of us who are Apple addicted, go download the app and use code “dannie” to get $15 in beauty services. That’s a free mani!

Full disclosure, I get $5 in credit when you redeem your credit.
This post was not sponsored by PrettyQuick. I’m just in love with the app. 

Zoe wanted to join the party for this shoot. So enjoy the puppy shots as well as this amazing blowout and mani!

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Zoe the Lovenugget

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PrettyQuick Beauty App | Stile.Foto.Cibo

T-Shirt | Forever 21
Jeans | Forever 21
Necklace | Target
Mug | Anthropologie
Phone Case | Janet Gwen Designs via Etsy (similar)

Photography by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine

How to Make Your Lipstick Last through Dinner AND Drinks

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

You know the situation: You’re out on the town. Your makeup looks fly. You feel like you could conquer the world right now. Dinner rolls around, you eat the most delicious pasta you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, and you pop to the restroom to check that fly makeup.

Disaster. Your lipstick has feathered and faded in the patterns of the pasta you just ate. There’s no fixing this. Your options are either wipe it off and go without lipstick or play the fool, leave what color is left, and walk around like an idiot the rest of the night.

This situation could have been avoided with this tutorial.

You’ll need:

  • Lip balm
  • Your favorite lipstick
  • A single square of toilet paper
  • Corn starch
  • Cotton pad or Q-tip

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Step 1: Apply lip balm. This is mostly for the good of your lips. Give them some love all night. For those of you who like lip liner, this is where you would apply that. I personally don’t so I go for balm instead.

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Step 2: First coat of Lipstick. You’re a pro at applying lipstick by this point. Do your worst.

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Step 3: Blot the Excess. This is there the toiled paper comes in. One sheet is just enough to fold it in half and blot my lips down. Gets the way too much extra off and preps your lips for the next step.

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Step 4: Cornstarch. Take a cotton pad or a Q-tip and coat it with cornstarch. Take the powder and pat it all over your lips. You’re gonna get some on the skin around your lips. You’re probably going to get some on your robe, too. It happens. Apply the corn starch and blend it in until you can’t see it anymore. I recommend patting versus any motion that will cause friction to keep the lipstick in place.

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 and 3. Apply another coat of lippy and blot the excess.

Lipstick Tutorial | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And you’re good to go! I would give it a few minutes to properly dry and set (now would be a good time to get dressed) before taking a sip of anything. Once everything’s settled, you’re good for the night.

What’s your favorite weird makeup trick? Tell me in the comments!

Julep Elixir Organic Argan Oil Review

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Oh, argan oil. You beauty superhero. All hair types love you, everyone raves about you, you are rumored to do magnificent things to hair.

And you do!

I was offered this Elixir Argan Oil product as an add-on to an order from Julep and, at the discount I was getting, I jumped for it. It’s supposed to be really great and this one is actually Curly Girl friendly (Moroccan Oil brand is NOT and therefore I won’t touch it no matter how many people insist it’s amazing).

Initially, I was honestly a little disappointed. This bottle is SMALL and I get a little dropper to use it? I thought “I have too much hair! I’ll use all of this in one go!”

Thankfully not. For the first use, I wanted to just put some on the ends of my hair to see what that would do. I flipped my mane upside down and worked approximately 4 droppers worth of the oil onto my ends. Tied my hair up in a knot and went about making dinner and such. It saturated about 4 inched up my hair both through application and time.

Go in to shower and I can already feel a difference before I’ve even applied my co-wash. Instantly sold. Post-shower but pre-product, I applied one dropper’s worth throughout the bottom half of my hair, mid-mane through ends. Just raked it in like I would a leave-in conditioner.

My ends are usually pretty dry and are the first bit of my hair to show wear and tear. This has breathed new life back into them! The oil I put in post-shower has left some great softness and shine without making my head look greasy.

I highly recommend this product to anyone with dry hair or who just wants to give their locks some extra love.

I’ve heard it’s good for skin and nails as well. I may try it out on my cuticles and see how that works.

e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara Review

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Let me tell you about how wonderful this mascara is.

Now, when I look for a mascara, the absolute first 100% non-negotiable requirement is waterproof. I know some people say you shouldn’t always wear waterproof and other won’t use it at all. That’s just not an option for me. Sometimes, I have really bad allergy eyes and I get a little watery. Sometimes that “arms of the angel” commercial comes on and I have a lot of rescue dog feelings. Sometimes it’s colder than cold in Chicago and your eyes start to water to protect from the cold then freeze to your face right at your lashline.

Waterproof is the only way to go for me. And this is so it automatically gets bumped a few points. This is only one of two waterproof mascaras from e.l.f. so this was pretty much narrowed down to 2.

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Price is semi-important. I don’t want to spend an exorbitant about of money on good make-up but I want it to, you know, be good enough to last all day and not come home with mascara flakes all over my eyes. That’s no fun.

This stuff is awesome quality AND really inexpensive. Seriously, it cost $3. And as part of a slightly bigger shipment, shipping was free. So just $3. So much win.

It goes on really nicely. I usually do two coats of mascara. Like, apply coat #1, go do something for a few minutes (usually make coffee), come back and apply coat #2. This stuff only needs one coat. It lifts and separates really nicely and you can actually see my lashes! I’m a secret blonde so my lashes like to play a disappearing act if I don’t put mascara on.

I used to be an eyeliner and mascara combo only kind of person but this stuff has converted me. I’m okay using just mascara (with a sweep of shadow) if it’s this stuff.

The long & short of it:

I highly recommend the e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara for its waterproofness, its cost, and its application!

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Lush Caca Rouge Henna Hair Color Review

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I’ve been coloring my hair various shades of red since high school. My natural color is this dishwater blonde that just tends to look kind of dirty. And I LOVE red hair. Since I started Curly Girl, though, I’ve dramatically reduced the amount of color I use simply because of all the harsh chemicals in dyes. Curls are NOT a fan of hair dyes and it always takes me weeks for my curls to bounce back to life. And by the time the bounce back, the red has faded because reds are notoriously fast at fading. So there was just no winning.

Until I found henna dye. I’ve had this stuff recommended to me for years. Pretty much since I started coloring my hair, people said if you want red, go with henna. Then Sarah found it on Lush’s website and wanted to try it. So we got a block to share! She hasn’t done her color but I’m sure you will all see it when she does.

So it comes in this big solid block. Given my length and thickness, I concluded that I would need probably four squares. As with most of my beauty stuff, this one began in the kitchen with a cutting board and a knife. I chopped those four squares into pieces and put them into a bowl, all the while my kettle boiling.

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Some reviews of the product recommended adding coconut oil for extra softness and just to give the dye a little extra oomph. So I put in a good scoop before adding the boiling water.

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The packaging suggested using a double boiler for this process. But we dont have metal cooking bowls so that wasn’t even an option. Instead, I filled the kitchen sink with the hottest water my tap could make, inserted the bowl, then poured the boiling water into the mixture to begin melting the henna.

I’m going to address smell right here. Reviewers were complaining about the smell of the henna being strong and gross. Henna smells like plants. Compare that to the amonia and peroxide-y smells of chemical dye and I’ll let you guess which one I prefer. It’s strong, yes. But it is by no means bad.

So after some mixing and mashing to get the henna into a loose paste, it looks something like this:

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It should be cool enough to touch but only just. You want this stuff warm and kept warm the whole process.

Onto application! I have several tips for this that are gonna blow the minds of every single person who complained about the product being messy. Ready?

  • Do it in the bathtub. then any drips can be just washed down the drain.
  • Have a friend help you goop (that’s the technical term). This will decrease mess because they can actually see the back of your head.
  • Use an applicator bottle. You can get them at Sally’s or other beauty supply stores for right around $1.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Smear 1-2 inches of vaseline around your hairline, on your ears, and over anything else your hair may touch. You know how henna from the fair or amusement parks or whatever dyes your skin? Does that here, too. It’s literally the same stuff.

All of these things combined will make the mess much less… messy. Admittedly, I did not use an applicator bottle but it would have been super useful. It’s on my list for next time.

So coat your head just like you would with regular hair dye. Clip it up. Cover your head in a plastic bag or plastic wrap. This helps trap heat on your hair which in turn helps the color develop which gives you an even more vibrant color. I then wrapped the plastic bag in my plopping t-shirt so that I had some extra protection in case it leaked. Then walk away for 4 hours.

Yes, 4 hours. Pour some wine, have a mini-marathon of your favorite TV show. Make some dinner. Relax. You’re in for the long haul on this one. But trust me when I say it is so so worth it!

4 hours, a glass of wine, and a delicious dinner later, I went back into the shower and went to wash.

I’m gonna be honest, it doesnt feel very nice. It feels like washing an entire beach worth of sand out of your hair. It’s gritty and takes a good 15-20 minutes of constant water to get all the henna out. That stuff sticks in there and never wants to leave. Take some time now to also get that vaseline off your face and ears.

Once the henna is out of your hair, if you are no-shampoo then you may wash your hair as normal. If you use shampoo, avoid using it for a few days to let the color continue to develop. The sulfates will strip the color and dull it. I just washed mine and styled it as normal and it was good to go.

The henna, as promised, was pretty conditioning! My hair’s super soft and my curls have all the bounce they did before the color! It doesn’t feel sad and striped of nutrients. It’s wonderful! And the color is exactly what I wanted it to be! Super red in the sun, still gorgeous in other lighting. Just look!

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I absolutely love it! Definitely worth the time it took. I fully intend to use this product again and again!

Regarding how long the color lasts, that all depends on what you do to your hair. I don’t use shampoo and I only wash my hair 2-3 times per week so it’s going to take a long time to fade. I haven’t noticed any fading in the nearly two weeks since I used it which is when I usually start to see fading with box dyes. But, again, I don’t attack my hair wish harsh chemicals and I don’t wash it very often so it may fade differently for other people.

A note before using henna, please actually read the instructions, the warnings, etc. Do NOT use it if you’ve recently colored your hair with chemical dyes and do NOT try to bleach your hair afterwards if you don’t like the color. Take the time to research it and see if it’s the right coloring option for you. It certainly is for me!

Dry Brushing: A review

Now, I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but this winter has been quite a brutal one. And, for those of you who have been reading for a long time, you’ll know that cold weather makes my skin dry out like no other. It’s like the freaking arctic tundra on my legs. All the DIY beauty tricks in the world can only temporarily relieve the issues. A few days later, my skin is back to flaking like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a wonder there’s any left!

I reach a point every winter where I am desperate to try anything. I know spring’s around the corner and with the warmer temps, less dry skin. But it’s not close enough. There’s still several weeks of dry itchiness.

Along comes this blog post by Brooklyn Blonde. My initial reaction is that dry brushing sounds like it would be miserable. Something dry and bristly on my skin? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. But my interest was still piqued. And Target had a brush for such purposes for relatively cheap. Can’t hurt to try it. Once again, I’ll try anything at this point.

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I followed the instructions in the blog post, brushing in long circular motions always brushing towards my heart. The initial feeling was exactly as I anticipated. Bristly, scratchy, not at all good. After I brushed everywhere, though, I felt invigorated. It was a really nice wakeup for my skin. A pop in the shower, a good scrub to get all the loosened skin cells off, and an application of my favorite lotion to follow. My skin actually, for the first time since it got cold, felt soft, not flaky, and moisturized!

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I don’t know that I would do this before every single shower but after several showers using the brush, I’m noticing a marked improvement in the overall dryness of my skin. And it feels much less bristly and scratchy as I get used to it. This has definitely been one of the best solutions to my dry skin that I’ve found!

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DIY Foot Soak

_MG_7385Let me tell you about Wednesday.

The temp was up to above 20 which, given the way things have been going, is something close to a heat wave. With snow on the forecast for Thursday, I thought it was prime time to break out a pair of heels. It had been a gray few days for me mentally and I went into Wednesday going “I’m going to look bomb as hell which will totally make me feel bomb as hell.”
This worked for the morning and through lunch. Then the end of the day came. And along with it, an early gift from nature- that Thursday promised snow.

For those of you who have never been in downtown Chicago, it is alarmingly underprepared for the winters it gets. The sidewalks are all smooth and fancy to look nice. But have almost negative traction. Add some fresh snow into the mix and they actually have negative traction. Add in new heels that I’m still breaking in and that haven’t gotten scuffed on the bottoms yet and now we have a recipe for disaster.

The walk to the train that day was miserable to put it lightly. I had to contort my feet into weird shapes to keep my shoes from flying off leaving me with wet feet.

By the time I got home and had removed the offending shoes, my foot muscles were deeply displeased with me. Every time I went to crack my toes (an old habit from dance that I don’t think will ever go away), my feet cramped something fierce.

Cue this glorious foot soak used as motivation and reward for making it through Thursday. Warm water, Epsom salts, rose petals. Pair with my favorite scented candle and a glass of wine and I am down for some serious relaxation.

  • 1/3 c Epsom salt
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 handful of rose petals (optional)
  • Hot water just shy of as hot as you can stand, enough to fill your soaking vessel

Add ingredients, top with hot water, insert feet for as long as you like. I aim for 30 minutes. Pat dry with a towel and add lotion for extra relaxation and softness.

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Even Zoe was down for some relaxation.

Even Zoe was down for some relaxation.

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Beauty Review: Sonia Kashuk Holiday Limited Edition 10 pc Brush Set

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All this make-up acquiring and learning is great and all but without some decent brushes, I’m not going to get anywhere! I found these via a post on Instagram, checked out some other reviews, and decided it was worth the plunge to give what seemed like a pretty good quality, inexpensive brush set a go.

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Straight out of the box, I am impressed. These brushes are stunningly beautiful. And soft! All of the brushes feel great with a dry run on my skin. The handles feel comfortable in my hand, they’re neither too long nor too short. Really great. My only initial complaint is that the powder brush and multi-purpose brushes shifted in shipping and caused a weird dent in some of the bristles. After just brushing them over some fabric, though, they popped right back to their original shape.

Not to harp on looks too much but these are so pretty I am storing them in a jar on my desk on display. Because they’re just that nice.

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So let’s get to application!

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First up is the flat top multi-purpose brush with my Sephora Skin Perfect CC cream in “fair.” The application of this is wonderful. It goes on beautifully. With this brush, I need to use half of what I used to! Extra points for extending the longevity of my make-up.

Some of the reviews of these brushes commented that the brushes shed everywhere. This is the only one I’ve noticed any shedding with and it’s only 1 or 2 bits per application. So I’m saying it’s not that much of an issue.

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Next I’m pairing the domed powder brush with em cosmetics shadow play artistic cheek color palette in “coral temptations.”

I love using this brush to apply bronzer and blush. It goes on magnificently. I don’t feel like I need to keep going back to the palette for more product, which is nice. The cheapy brush I was using previously just held onto the product, didn’t apply it. So I had to keep using more and more. This doesn’t hold onto the product at all! Wonderful.

Zoe says "hey, Ma, whatcha doing?!"

Zoe says “hey, Ma, whatcha doing?!”

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Time for eyes. I used 4 different brushes for this: blending brush, angled crease brush, domes pencil brush, and eye liner brush with the Naked palette. The combo of brushes is great. It picks up the pigment in the palette wonderfully! I would argue better than the brush that came with the palette.

Overall, these brushes are great. Because the flat top multi-purpose brush does shed a bit, like several reviews have said, I’m going to take away one point. But other than that, I am pleased with everything! Looks, application, etc. They’re great!

Here’s a link to them! 

Do you have a favorite brush set? Have you used these? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!