Posts Tagged ‘tools’



Photo by : Denman, Ibiza, WET Brush, Warrentricomi, Spornette, Mason Pearson, Moroccan, Martino By Martino Cartier, Proraso Post by : Carachele Tyvan

Photo by : Denman, Ibiza, WET Brush, Warrentricomi, Spornette, Mason Pearson, Moroccan, Martino By Martino Cartier, Proraso
Post by : Carachele Tyvan

We’ve refreshed our brush kit and have included a few newest and latest must haves!

1.  THE DENMAN PADDLE BRUSH– You can detangle with it, blow dry with it, massage your head with it, and tease hair with it. It doesn’t pull or scratch because of its perfectly rounded nylon pin-bristles, it doesn’t cause static, and is padded with an air cushion. On a daily basis, I use it to blow my hair out quickly before I curl it with a curling iron.

2 . MOROCCAN OIL  BRUSHES– This brush acts as a curling iron when it heats up. Most people use this when they want a little bend on their ends without using a curling iron. It has a hollow core which allows air to flow through. In other words, your hair is being dried from the inside as well as the outside, and that speeds up drying time. This brush is not my particular favorite because they often scratch the scalp and if you don’t move fast enough, there can be too much heat between your blow dryer and the metal of the brush.

3. MARTINO BY MARTIONO CARTIER ROUND BRUSH WITH TOURMALINE – Need an quick efficient blow-dry? This Brush allows for a speedy blow-dry and is built to lock in moisture and cut frizz.

4. IBIZA ROUND BRUSHES– These are my favorite round brushes for home use. They’re gentle enough to give into a tangle, but strong enough to get tension for smoothing out waves. This brush is packed with the perfect amount of bristles, making it much easier to manage the hair while styling. The benefits of this brush create a smooth and shiny look that can last you a couple day!

5. DENMAN  THERMO CERAMIC -This is like #2 and #4 mixed together. Since this brush has both boar bristles and nylon bristles you have more control over the hair than you do with a regular metal core brush. The boar hair bristles also help prevent excessive contact between the hair and the metal. This is a rather versatile round brush. It can be used to create smooth straight hair or hair with lots of body.

6. SPORNETTE – “PORCUPINE” G36 -This is my all time favorite brush for bangs. Its an important, very affordable staple piece that’s good to always have on you if you are in need of controlling untamable bangs.

7. THE MASON PEARSON – This brush is considered the “ultimate grooming” brush. It is extremely gentle and nourishing on the hair and scalp. Although it is a bit pricy, it has its benefits!

8. PRORASO SHAVE BRUSH – All though The Proraso Shave Brush is generally used for a clean shave, I like to use it to tuck away remaining fly-a-ways on up-do’s. The Trick here is to mist the brush with a strong hold hair spray and gently brush down any excess hair.

9. WET BRUSH  – The ” Life Saver” of all brushes . I love to prep all hair types with this brush! It truly can detangle any type of hair wet or dry. What makes this brush so great is its ability to work through all tangles because of its intelliflex bristles.

10. WET BRUSH TRAVEL SIZE – The “Mini Life Saver” because I love to use the Wet Brush so much Its a must to have one on the go. I use it to freshen up my hair or detangle any unwanted knots that happen through out the day. Its the perfect travel size companion and can help tremendously detangling and prepping all hair types!

11. IBIZA OC BRUSH SERIES– Brushes for everyone! Fine, Medium, Course, this brush is an amazing tool that helps prevent the brush from tugging, pulling or breaking the hair.

12. HAIR BRUSH CLEANER  – This handy tool is a must have! It helps remove all excess hair and will preserve your tools!



Today we’re making a case for why our fingers are our best tool! I was forced to learn this when I arrived overseas for a job and the bag with my brushes in it didn’t make it. With no time to go shopping, I sanitized my hands and just got in there! Brushes of course are amazing, but you might be surprised when you give your fingers a try. Why? Because your body temperature slightly melts the product, helping it to really become one with your skin instead of just sitting on top of it. And you can really press it into your skin as you stipple and tap your way around each feature. Here’s what you need to know to pull off finger painting in a way that actually lasts:


  • Cream Eye Shadow — Bria Murphy is wearing our favorite mass market cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hour Eye Shadow, while our favorite prestige cream shadow is Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mystic Metallics Shadow. They’re both our favorites because they don’t crease ( a nightmare with typical cream shadows) and don’t dissipate as the night goes on.
  • Cream Blush — We live for RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Cream Blush (especially when we find it on sale!) because it’s a natural product that was developed by the iconic Rose Marie Swift who is responsible for the makeup in almost every Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit campaign you’ve every gushed over. Her line is everything. We also really love Jouer Cheek Tint and have for years because it doesn’t disappear in a few hours.
  • Tinted Lip Balm — Bria is wearing Aerin Beauty Limited Edition Multi Color in Freesia, a gorgeous sheer finish with a calming rose scent.


  1. First wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer. After applying foundation (with your fingers so you can really massage it into the skin), swipe your ring finger against the cream eye shadow and tap and smear it along the upper and lower lid. You can choose a matte shade, a bright shade or a metallic shade… the possibilities are endless.
  2. Tap your index finger into the cream blush then tap it against your other index finger to warm it up and create more of a “slip”. Then smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and tap it along the upper half of the each apple as you work your way across your cheekbone. Tap and swirl until it melts into your skin and looks like a natural flush.
  3. Swipe your middle finger against the tinted lip balm and press it into the lip area for a really natural and gorgeous sheer pop of color.

We also love using our fingers with powder products too. Metallic, shimmer and glitter shadows actually work better with our fingers than a brush because you press it into the skin. You can use your fingers with matte shadows if you’re in a jam, but they can get muddy and work better with the sweep of a brush, as do powder blush and powder bronzer.


Kristin Ess

There are about a gazillion flat irons on the market. Every time I go to a beauty supply I’m baffled at the number of flat irons with crazy features that have been introduced in the last few years. Today, I thought we would go over the only four flat irons that you could ever possibly need (no matter what your budget). We’ve also been asked about our must-have irons in regards to THIS post.

  1. The Beveled Iron: GHD – This has quickly become one of my favorite flat irons. The reason is, I use it to get those gorgeous, natural, beachy looking flat iron waves. It has a curved edge which is how I get those subtle dips and bends without it looking like I used a curling iron. This might replace the curling iron for me… at least for the whole summer.  (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  2. The Slickest: Croc –  This is my go to flat iron for really straightening hair. No matter what your natural texture is, it gives you the shiniest, smoothest, silkiest finish. I also use this for keratin treatments because it glides through so easily. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  3. The Cheapest: Remington Pearl – In my opinion, this is one of the best flatirons on the market for someone on a budget. You don’t typically see this kind of shiny finish to the hair with a less expensive iron. Even though it’s budget friendly, it definitely competes with some of the more expensive irons out there. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  4. The Tiniest:  Conair Mini – I love this for girls on the go. It’s so tiny and great for touch-ups after work before a hot date because it fits perfectly in your purse. Also great for anyone with bangs that need straightening, as larger irons can make that task a bit more difficult. (Link to my favorite one HERE)

So now that you know our favorites, it’s only fair that we know yours! Any specific brands/models that we just have to know about? We want details! Leave us a comment below!




A long time ago, we did a post called Brush Class, remember? Well, it’s time to update the post with The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide. We’re keeping it simple with the explanations next to each brush above. Here are the links to each brush…

  1. Purse Sized Paddle Brush
  2. Regular Paddle Brush
  3. Small, Natural Bristle Brush
  4. Vented Metal Round Brush
  5. Extension Brush
  6. Blowdry Brush
  7. Medium Diagonal Bristle Brush
  8. Large Mixed Bristle Brush
  9. Smoothing Brush
  10. Natural Bristle Paddle Brush
  11. Straigtening Tool Brush
  12. Vent Brush
  13. Teasing Brush
  14. Detangling Brush

Do you have a favorite that we didn’t list? If so we’d love to hear about it in the comments below, if you’d like to share. xo