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BrushLove {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.
A girl and her brush.  If its the right one, its a match made in heaven.  At least in my opinion :)  I remember finding a favorite brush–you know, one that doesn’t pull, it feels right in your hand, and it gives you the best hair days–in high school, and because I was afraid of ever losing it, I bought two of them so I’d always be prepared, should the worst happen.
Well, the worst did happen, and somewhere in between a dozen sleepovers, college roommates who share everything, and a move across the country, I lost my true love and have been looking for a new favorite brush.  BrushLove sent me two brushes to try out, and there might just be a tie for that ‘favorite’ position!
BrushLove is an online store of the largest assortment of, you guessed it, hair brushes.  They must carry over a hundred different brushes, and they are categorized by hair type, hair style, hair length, texture, and what you want it to do, so that you can really find your true match.  Based on my preferences, here are the two I tried out:
The first is the Brushlab Orange Ceramic Thermal Large Hair Brush.  This round thermal hair brush really speeds the drying process and makes it a popular choice.  It is designed to help shine and reduce frizz.
• 100% Nylon bristles. Heat-resistant nylon bristles withstand high temperatures.
• Thermal ceramic coated barrel. Helps evenly distribute the heat to prevent over drying & damage.
• Maximum control = maximum results. Our signature comfort cozi™ grip is designed to massage and prevent slip ups.
K, really guys, this one is fantastic.  I looks huge, but because it is so big, it can grab a whole lot of hair and work on it all at the same time.  I also worried about the bristles tugging and pulling out my weak, temperamental hair, but I didn’t notice a single tug or strand lost.  Drying my hair took less than 2 minutes, seriously!  Granted, I have fine, thin hair and this won’t be the record for every hair type out there, but this is one intense time-saving contraption.  My hair is left as soft as baby hair, smooth, and straight!  Taking a flat iron to my afterwards makes for an even faster, better result because so much of the work has already been done (smoothing and straitening).
I also got to try out the Brushlab Zebra Cushion Paddle Hair Brush.  Once your hair is dry, this one is a pro at finishing.  It detangles, smooths, and grooms all hair types and textures.  The balls on the tips are smooth and securely attached.  They give my scalp a great head massage and can help in distributing mouse throughout.  I really like the scalp conditioning, and the zebra print is so fun!

My hair styled with both these brushes:
IMG_6734Look at that volume!
BrushLove carries more than just brushes, by the way.  They sell hair care products, cosmetic tools, spa products, accessories, etc.  Go knock yourself out perusing all the styling tools and accessories!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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This winter has been a little rough on my nails, and I’ve noticed a little more cracking and breaking than usual.  A sharp nail is practically a weapon, especially with soft baby faces around here, so as soon as I break a nail, I b-line for a nail file.  In my 20-something years, I have only used el-cheapo flimsy, cardboard files you find at dollar stores 10/$1.  Never again.  I’ve stumbled across a diamond of a store called Design Glassware by Mont Bleu, and their jewelry, accessories, and beauty products are going to dazzle you!
I didn’t even know glass files existed, but I tell you, I am throwing out all my cheap bendable sandpaper files and using these BREATHTAKING glass files from Mont Bleu as long as I live!  I can’t get over this glass nail file with Swarovski crystals!
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Ok, I am overly dramatically squeamish and phobic about dry-on-dry friction, like nails on a chalkboard or Styrofoam on cardboard.  Likewise, the filing of fingernails on something as rough as sandpaper is not an activity I enjoy.  Hate it, actually.  These glass files have a completely different feel, and are twice as effective as a standard file.  They smooth away rough breaks and broken pieces with minimal smooth rubbing back and forth.  The surface feels as if it has a micro-texture that allows for smoother, more thorough, consistent filing.  See broken nail below?  A few seconds and a few glides of the file later, gone.
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These handpainted nail files are only 6,00 €, which is only $7.83 USD!
Not to mention that they are GORGEOUS!!  Have you seen anything so lovely, let alone on a nail file!?  I feel like royalty using something so pretty.  Same goes for all the other dreamy goodies from Mont Bleu.  Check out my compact mirror, which practically looks like a jeweled artifact that should be preserved in a museum:
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This mirror is not cheap in quality.  Mont Bleu’s mirrors consist of two reflecting metal surfaces instead of actual glass so I don’t have to worry about them falling out, cracking, or breaking into sharp pieces in my purse.  One side is standard, while the other is magnifying, and the jewels are stunning!  And just wait, this keeps getting better.  Use tweezers?  Of course you do.  Look at these:
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In addition to being beautifully hand decorated with jewels, the slightly grippy surface on my dazzling Swarovski Eyebrow Teezers make them ergonomic to hold, and the slanted tips are perfectly angled and effectively designed.  If you haven’t yet found something you love, look at my Pen with Swarovski Crystals!  I am SO particular with my pens!!  One year for Christmas, without realizing it, my husband and I BOTH gave each other high-quality pens (and this is weird because who gives pens to their spouse for Christmas?).  We both know how important it is to have nice writing utensils and we get so fed up with crappy ink and cheap supplies!  So you have my honest and experienced opinion that these crystal-adorned pens from Mont Bleu are both beautiful and pleasant to use.  The ink glides, the texture is slick, and the weight is nice and heavy.  Nothing cheap went into making this.
Mont Bleu has dozens of other dazzling beauty products, including adorned hairbrushes, jewelry, nail scissors, etc. etc. etc.
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Now jump for joy over today’s giveaway prize!  Design Glassware by Mont Bleu is offering a gift card for the amount of 30 USD or 25 Euros, depending on your country of origin.  This giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!  Time to glitz up your purse with some of these beauties!

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*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 3rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Design Glassware by Mont Bleu, but all opinions are strictly my own

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