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The Oval Brush Set Experience

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Press SampleProduct given for Testing and Review Purposes at a discounted price.

This 10 piece oval makeup brush set is very unique and all the rage right now on social media sites. They resemble toothbrushes and thier bristles are very soft to the touch and very soft and pampering on the skin.
I already had owned a similar oval brush and really liked it so when I got the opportunity to get 10 of them in different sizes I was excited.
I decided to test them out or experiment with them on a wrong day because I was going to a special banquet and I wouldn’t know how the results would be but I just went with it and tried each brush except for one for an entire makeup look.

In the pictures, you will see what brush I used and with which product and for what purpose.

These brushes work great with creams, liquids and powders and their brush bristles are synthetic. The brush handles are really flexible too.

For my makeup look, I used the large brush for the application of my BB Cream and it gave it a flawless finish. I applied the BB cream in dots on my face then glided the oval brush and did circle motions to get a fabulous blend.

For my concealer application, I used a cream concealer stick and drew on my face with it then again as the same technique with the larger brush now using the medium size one I did the same to blend in the concealer.

For the contouring, I used another small brush.  For the blush, I used the medium brush and once I got powder blush on the brush I placed it on my hand to warm it up and get some product off, then I glided it on my cheeks.  For my highlight, I used the thin toothbrush looking one to simply fan on my highlight on my cheek bones and bridge of my nose. And for the setting powder, I used the larger brush to glide on the powder.

As I used some of these brushes for my eyes, I always came back to the same one I used on my lids, so I had to clean it up in between applications to use it for my crease and brow highlight, which worked great and blended nicely.
The circle brush I used for my outer corner was a big mess with fall out .
When I got to the eyeliner, I used a gel liner and used it with the smaller thinner toothbrush brush and that was the end of my eye makeup look.
It was a complete disaster for me, the line was not even and it was thick. (I'm probably going have to practice a lot with that one. LOL)
Anyway, I had to put concealer on it and fix it and because it already was a hot mess, I had to bust out my usual brushes and get the job done.

The brush for the brows was really nice, I used my brow wax pencil and just brushed my brows with it. I liked it even better than using a regular spoolie. Overall, this a nice brush set and it will take time and practice using it.

From my experience and results, I will definitely be using it for my face because it gives it a smooth air brush finish and also for my brows because it’s much more gentle than using a spoolie.

As for my eyes, I rather stick to my normal eye brushes, it’s way simpler to use. These brushes are multipurpose and can be fun and they feel great on the skin. Cleaning them is the same as regular brushes and they air dry nicely over night. The brushes go by various names such as Paddle makeup Brush, Mermaid brushes because of their handles, Oval brushes because of their shape and Makeup Toothbrushes.
Artis and MAC sell these brushes too! But I got mine from Amazon for way less. :)

Price: $35.77 by Sun Year
Where: Amazon

Pic courtesy of Sun Year: Multi-Purpose Mermaid Brushes

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Angel Sa Sa Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

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Press Sample: Product given by the Company for testing and reviewing purposes.

I am really impressed with the design and quality of these kabuki brushes. They are super soft and they pick up and apply powders and creams wonderfully.
I imagine they also work great with liquids as well but I only tested them with powders and cream products.

The brush roll they come in is very beautiful and elegant with a wrap around ribbon with the Angel Sa Sa logo. 
The brush roll is like a yellow gold with sequence on the front and it is very sturdy and thick and it holds each brush into place.

Now, the brushes, have long black barrels with the Angel Sa Sa logo embossed on them that look iridescent when the light hits them.
The bristles themselves are natural and synthetic, soft and some are dense and fluffy. 

The only brush that had lots of shedding was the powder brush and the kabuki tapered one had minimal shedding.

I'm glad that these brushes also has names on them to indicate what they are and what they can be used for but again you can use them how they suit your needs.

The set includes:

Kabuki Flat
Kabuki Angled
Kabuki Tapered
Kabuki Flat Angled
Petite Round
Petite Angled
Petite Tapered
Petite Flat Angled

Powder Brush
Bronzer / Blush Brush
Eye Shadow Brush
Ultra Fine Eyeliner

 I realized I used the eyeliner brush as a lip brush lol , Hey! it still worked great!

I was able to do a whole makeup look with these brushes and I didn't need to use all 12 to do so.
Even if I did use a liquid foundation I wouldn't need all 12 but having many brushes is a bonus.

I do wish they would have included an eye blender since they do include an eyeshadow brush.
So, I had to use the petite angled brush to blend but it did not feel right although it was great to use as a highlight for the brow bone.
But, yes these brushes are top notch and they are very professional and you can get them on Amazon for $39.99
Here are some pictures of the Angel Sa Sa 12 piece Brush set and their web site at

Beautiful Brush Roll

They come sealed with plastic brush guards for the bigger brushes

They have soft Bristles

They have long Handles 

I thought i had all the brushes out of the brush roll, and this cutie was left behind:)

Check out the way that logo shines!

I used the Kabuki Tapered brush to blend my MAC Studio Finish concealer

This powder brush had lots of shedding but it still packed and applied my foundation mineral powder

I used the Bronzer/Blush brush for my Hervana blush

I used the kabuki angled for my Mary- Lou Manizer highlighter

This brush is for eyeliner oops I used it as a lip brush lol

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My Mother's Day Outfit And Eye Look

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Product was purchased by my Mom and Dad. Lol

Hello to all my Mommy Readers,
I hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day or by the time you read my post you already have.

My Mom is the best and since we live miles apart she and my Dad sent me some cash through Western Union so I can get me an outfit to wear on Mother's Day.

Mom always does that, I love her and honor her.

Well, I stepped into a Ross Store and found this beautful lace crochet dress by Enfocus for $17 bucks and super cute Anne Klein Sport Sandals for $30.00.

I usually would wear heels with a dress like this but these saddle wedges are super comfortable and I kind of was under the weather so comfort was key.

I went to a beautiful Mother's Day service at church and then came home to do mommy duties since yesterday we went to Chilis to celebrate. 
I hope you had a special Mother's Day surrounded by your loved ones too.

Here's the dress from Ross.
My 9 yr old  daughter was my photographer then my hubby stepped in😊

And my makeup was very soft. Unfortanely, I grew some type of zit on my brow bone in the morning and I'm hoping it goes away soon:(
I used the The Balm Cosmetics Nude Dude eyeshadow palette, I'll be reviewing it soon.

Primer: Wet N Wild Fergie
Lid: Faithful
Crease: Flirty and Fiesty
Brow Bone: Fearless
Liner: Fierce
Mascara: JB Monster Fiber Mascara

Lips: Milano Spice and Clinque Raspberry Glacé 

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The Xtava 7 piece Brush Set And A Beauty Look


Press Sample: Product given by the Company for testing and reviewing purposes.

In my previous posts, I introduced the company Xtava which specializes in hair care appliances such as curling irons, hair dryers, diffusers and flat irons.
But they also carry makeup brushes and sell them either a piece or in sets and from the look of their site they will be launching cosmetics as well on

I was given their 7 piece brush set to review so let's get started.

The brushes come in a soft black case with slots and a cover flap to secure and protect them. It also has a pocket with a zipper to hold some essential items and the case closes with two magnetic clasp buttons. 

Now, for the star of the show, the Xtava brushes. 
The wooden barrels are imprinted with the Xtava logo and the brushes are blended with natural and synthetic bristles.

This set includes:
A big face powder brush which leaked a black dye when I washed it, had a funny smell but went away when the brush air dried. But,it felt great on my skin as I used it with my mineral powder.

The second brush is a Contour brush which is very dense but soft and I used it for my concealer application and buffed it in circles.

The third brush is a Blending brush which I used as a Crease brush and although this brush blends well and applies shadow well it's not a soft brush.
This brush was not what I expected it was scratchy and harsh.

The fourth brush is the Eyeshadow brush which is fluffy and soft and applied the shadow well and it actually did a great job of blending when using the top bristles of it. 

The fifth brush is a Foundation brush which is very soft and I used it for my concealer to fix my eyeshadow.

The sixth brush an angle brush that can be used for eyeliner and for eyebrows. This brush had the right amount of density and I used it for applying shadow on my lower lash line.

The seventh and final brush in the Xtava set is the Lip brush.
This brush is soft and comes in two pieces and once you connect them together the lip brush pops up. 
It's really cool almost like a pen or mechanical pencil.

I put all these brushes to the test and I have to say I like them expect the blending brush because of it's harsh and scratchy bristles. 

But, for the price of 20 bucks on Amazon, this set is definately worth it especially if you are a beginner in makeup or don't want too spend too much on a brush set.

Hopefully, the Xtava Blending brush will get softer as time passes and with washes but I have no certainty of it.

I created the look below using all the brushes and products seen in this post.
I also used a black kohl liner and mascara.  
It was actually my Easter Look:) 

By the way, I hope you enjoyed your Easter!

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