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BrushLove {Review}

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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!
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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:
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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).
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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!
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My hair styled with both these brushes:
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IMG_6734Look at that volume!
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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. 

Beauty Box 5 {Review}

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One of my very favorite things lately are these monthly subscription boxes!  We’ve tried a bunch at our house lately, but just recently have I ventured into the beauty monthly subscription box.  Each time, though, I’ve found a new product to love that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise, and I’ve also had the opportunity to try different techniques with makeup and my hair that have been fun for the start of the summer season!

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“Once a month, we  deliver a Beauty Box with four or five handpicked samples directly to your doorstep.  Your Beauty Box will contain items like makeup, skin care products, hair care  products, fragrances and a few other surprises!  Learn more about your samples on our site! You can see exactly what other  beauty lovers are saying about the products. Plus, you’ll find special how-tos and beauty tips right at your fingertips.  We think you’re going to love your samples! If you just have to have more, you can purchase products directly from us or from our partners.”

Here are the contents my the May Beauty Box 5 monthly subscription box that I received last week:

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The Jean Pierre Tanning Towelettes — While my stark-white legs and arms are probably screaming for a little color on them, I saw a tutorial about using self-tanner to get rid of tan lines that inevitably show up (even through my SPF-50-every-two-hour application).  I’m tucking these away in my cabinet for just that time.OFRAOFRA Loose Shadow in Diamond Glitz — This is the third container of loose eyeshadow that I’ve received in these makeup/beauty subscription boxes, and I think I’m sold on them!  This color is a neutral taupe with just a hint of shimmer, and the application easily varies from light daytime looks to dramatic nighttime ones.

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Model Co Black Eyeliner — I LOVE that the sharpener is right in the cap of these eyeliner pencil so that I don’t have to try and find where one might be when I’m racing around in the middle of our crazy morning routine.  Although I’m not generally a fan of black eyeliner, I do love having one on hand for a girls night out or a date night to give a little more pop.

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Coolway Transform Styling Spray — This is the perfect example of a product that I didn’t even know existed!  This styling spray cuts your drying time in half and protects hair from damage that comes from high heat.  I use both my blow-dryer and my flat iron (that reaches 450 degrees!) every single day, so this product was a must for me and was my favorite of the bunch.

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LA Fresh Deodorant Wipes — And there are just too many days that I give myself a big ol’ pat on the back for getting myself and my two boys up and out the door just in time for preschool in the morning, only to realize that I’ve forgotten deodorant.  Definitely gross, and I’m not one to head back home when I have a list of errands to run before preschool is done.  I tossed these in the center console and am sure that I’ll have a chance to use them all too soon…

Share BB5 with five of your friends and earn  a free one-month subscription! Just head to the Sharing Is Caring page!

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**This review was sponsored by Beauty Box 5, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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