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I’ve spent a boatload of money on makeup brushes over the years. In general this is because they aren’t cheap and they don’t last forever! I’ve had brushes that cost more than some of my shoes and ones that cost me next to nothing. So, I was relieved when I discovered Sonia Kashuk brushes, they well made with quality materials and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Her latest line, the Kashuk Tools Brushes, are made of soft, premium hair for a flawless finish, and their handles have neat contours that make holding them really easy. This starter set comes with three brushes, a blusher, a small eye shadow brush and a large domed eye shadow brush and is a steal at $25.

Buy the Sonia Kashuk Kashuk Tools Limited Edition Starter Set for $24.99 at
My eyes about popped out of my head when I saw this amazing eyelash curler. I can only imagine how much cooler curling my eyelashes would seem with this bad boy in my hands. The experts at Sephora designed the curler to ensure you get amazing curl and lift for your lashes all while looking trendy in a fabulous tangerine color.

Get the Sephora + Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango Eyelash Curler for $18 at
High-Tech-Beauty-Products-Image.jpgWhen we really want to try something different in the beauty realm, we go for a high-tech beauty product. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have an on/off switch or make vibrating noises (as you’ll see with one of the products below)—but it does mean they are technologically advanced from the typical lipglosses and eye creams we come across. Check out a few of our favorite high-tech beauty products below.

Completely Bare Completely Smooth For Body
We shave, wax, do laser hair removal, the works. But sometimes, we just want the darn hair to SLOW DOWN as it grows! That’s where this miracle-working moisturizer comes in. Smooth it on the area you want to inhibit, and within just a few weeks you’ll notice the hair growing back slower and lighter. Pretty amazing, right?
$42 at

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System with Anti-Aging Sea Serum
Yes, this product has one of the longest names ever. But do we care? Nope—because it makes our eyes look 10 years younger. Seriously. Simply smooth a bit of the serum onto the head, press the power button and let the vibrations work their magic on your under-eye area (and your lips, too!). Satisfaction, guaranteed.
$185 at

Dior Diorshow 360 Mascara
We know what you’re going to say. The vibrating mascara has been out for years now—what makes this one different? Well, for starters, we absolutely love the curvy brush. It really grips each and every lash, from the big ones down to the babies at the inner corners. Within one coat, voila! Lush, long, curly lashes that look like falsies.
$36 at
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Mineral makeup had us at our first swirl and tap. We will never deny that. But some kabuki brushes, especially in drugstore brand mineral makeup, leave much to be desired. 

So when we first discovered Tarte’s Glam on the Go kabuki brush (it came as a free gift at Ulta), we were excited to see if it lived up to our high standards. Oh, let us tell you…it did. 

When you first feel the bristles, you almost can’t believe how soft they are. Your next thought is how dense the brush is. We knew that with such a dense brush, we were going to get fantastic, full coverage with our mineral makeup - which we did. When we apply the right amount of makeup, we get a beautiful airbrushed finished that is hard to find with other kabuki brushes. 

Plus, Tarte is such a wonderful cosmetics company. All of their products are cruelty free, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate free, wrapped in biodegradable packaging. 

And above all, one of the most notable things about Tarte’s Glam on the Go brush is how well built it is. We washed this brush out about one or twice a week for quite some time, and never lost a bristle. Now that’s solid construction. 

The perfect size for stowing away in an already-jam packed makeup bag, cute reusable faux croc (we like to use it for lipsticks or change) and a perfect dome top for beautiful blending, we find it hard to think we’d find another kabuki brush for the price that we loved more! $29,
As far back as we can remember, we were always told that the more symmetrical your face, the more beautiful you were. We were told there were studies, and specific science behind the link between symmetry and beauty. Well, the proof is in the pudding, or rather, the iPhone app. 

New app Muggum, which costs 99 cents, is a silly, and intriguing way of seeing what you would actually look like if both sides of your face were identical. Would you be more beautiful, or well, slightly strange looking, like Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie (who totally looks like a fake alien), and Natalie Portman?

We haven’t tried it on our faces yet, but if these three slightly imperfect beauties came out looking like that, well…there can’t be much hope for us!

But how does it work, exactly? Here’s how the Muggum site explains their product: 

This easy-to-use photography app takes images directly from the camera in your iPhone or iPod Touch and instantly creates two side-by-side symmetrical portraits, which you can fine tune using a bi-directional guide. Instantly upload to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr - or, save to Photo Album or Email. Take fun and hilarious pictures of yourself, your friends, your kids, your pets, or even celebrities in magazines! Great for profile pics and online avatars!

We’re itching to try it… are you? Upload your photos onto the Facebook page if you decide to play around with this fun app!


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