Archive for the 'ecoTOOLS' Category

ecoTOOLS Brow Grooming Set Review

April 30, 2009
ecoTOOLS Brow Grooming Set ($9.99 give or take a dollar or two)

After letting my brows grow wild for a month or so, I decided that since I’d be leaving for Korea soon (well by the time you guys read this I’ll be gone =P) it was about time to tame the ilttle beasties. My trusty Tweezersmans had been stolen by my brother (he stole BOTH!!! my silver pair and my pink pair grrrrr!) and I couldn’t find my cute little pink Japanese brow strimming scissors that had attached comb guides, and in my desperation I happened upon this little set sitting unused on my dresser.

This cruelty-free, recycled set consists of brow scissors, an adorable mini tweezer, a spoolie brush and angle brow brush, and a 5x mirror with suction cups on the back. This set is quite literally my solution for perfect brows in an eco-friendly bag. The straight edge of the scissors made trimming my overgrown eyebrows a piece of cake, and the tweezers were actually almost as good as my Tweezermans. And of course it doesn’t hurt that this whole set costs less than one pair of Tweezerman tweezers!

Also, let me just say that if you don’t own a magnifying mirror, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! I never knew how helpful a 5x magnification mirror could be in plucking my brows, but trust me it’s might helpful!

Look for ecoTOOLS products at your local drugstores (Rite Aide, Target, Walgreens, CVS, etc.), they’re great!

Be Green & Gorgeous For Earth Month!

April 2, 2009

Go green and gorgeous with ecoTOOLS this April in celebration of Earth Month! As many of you undoubtedly know, their products are amongst the finest and most affordable “green” additions to any beauty lover’s toolbox.

ecoTOOLS products were recently chosen as one of InStyle Magazine’s 2009 Best Beauty Buys and winner of PETA’s 2009 Proggy Award for Best Cruelty-free Brushes, and is beloved by celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Mariska Hargitay, Olivia Wilde, and Courteney Cox-Arquette. And of course your very own resident blogger happens to love them as well!

Some fabulous options with which to start off your ecoTOOLS collections are:

ecoTOOLS 6-Piece Brush Set ($12.99)

This all-inclusive brush set is one of the most beloved products in the collection. It comes with all a girl needs to make beauty simple and natural—just the way nature intended. Products include: Blush Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Eyeliner Brush, Concealer Brush, Lash and Brow Groomer, and a Linen and Hemp Brush Case.

ecoTOOLS Recycled Retractable Kabuki Brush ($7.99)

See my review of this HERE.

ecoTOOLS thinks beyond bamboo with the Recycled Aluminum Retractable Kabuki Brush. Recycled aluminum helps to save energy and reduce waste – which is always in style. This sleek brush is perfect for applying a touch of blush or a dusting of powder. Plus, the casing is super sleek and chic!

ecoTOOLS Foundation Brush ($5.99)

Chosen as an Editor’s Pick by InStyle for their Best Beauty Buys, this fab foundation brush works just as well (if not better) than the pricey department store ones. The soft bristles insure that foundation goes out smoothly, evenly, and without any skin irritation. Definitely a must-have!

ecoTOOLS 5-Piece Travel Brush Set ($9.99)

See my review of this HERE.

Like its big sister, this travel brush kit has all a girl needs to get by on the go. Respectfully traverse the earth with this pint-size set, which has the necessary survival tools for any adventure. Throw it in your carry-on for quick and easy re-application as you brave long security lines and crowded airports. The set includes a mineral powder brush, concealer brush, eye shading brush, lash and brow groomer, and a linen and hemp brush case.

In celebration of Earth Month, I’ll be hosting an ecoTOOLS giveaway sometime in the next day or so—stay tuned!

ecoTOOLS Retractable Recycled Aluminum Kabuki Brush Review

March 20, 2009

This is one of the few times that I feel that a post has no need for text ~ the photos and price of ecoTOOLS’ retractable recycled aluminum kabuki brush pretty much speak for themselves.

The brush is eco-friendly, wallet-friendly (price at only $7.99), face- and animal-friendly thanks to its ridiculously soft, dense cruelty-free hair, and travel-friendly. This is one serious bargain, as I it’s nearly identical, in terms of quality, to my Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush, which costs a whopping $28.50.

The bristles are just so plush and luxurious feeling, and the brush itself is incredibly dense, making it great for applying everything from mineral powders to blushes. The quality really is amazing, and I’m not just talking about amazing for a drugstore item. ecoTOOLS really does give you department-store quality for a drugstore price.

Love this photo! It definitely gives you an idea of just how dense the bristles are.

I’ve consistently been amazed by how great ecoTOOLS brushes are. I’ve developed an infatuation of sorts with my 5 Piece Mineral Makeup Travel Brush Set and really hope to be seeing more of ecoTOOLS at stores around me, since it can be a bit hard to come by. If you should stumble across a few of their brushes (I’ve seen them at Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Ulta, etc.) I’d most definitely check them out, as they give you great bang for your buck, and who doesn’t want that, terrible economy or not!

ecoTOOLS 5 Piece Mineral Makeup Travel Brush Set Review

February 3, 2009

Many of you had expressed an interest in ecoTOOLS’ 5 piece mineral makeup travel brush set that I blogged about HERE (only $9.99!) and so here it is! I’ve never actually tried a drugstore brush so I was highly skeptical, but I absolutely love these, and you can’t beat the price!

This earth-friendly brush set is packed with the 4 high-quality brushes made with bamboo handles (which have a low impact on the earths resources as it is a highly sustainable plant), synthetic taklon bristles which are 100% cruelty free, and sleek ferrules made from recycled aluminum. The sets consists of: a Mineral Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, and Baby Kabuki.

Baby Kabuki and Mineral Powder Brush

I’ve been in desperate need of a good powder brush for the longest time, since my long-time favorite DVF brush decided to fall to pieces a few months back. The baby kabuki is super soft and dense and picks up and distributes powder very well, plus I love its petite size.

The mineral powder brush is the perfect size and density for applying blush. I’ve tried much more expenisve brushes, but this one is really great–I’ve been using it with the new Chanel JC blush that Nicole got me and the brush allows me to get precise color placement while distributing the color evently.

Concealer Brush and Eye Shading Brush

So I’m not as crazy about these two brushes, but they’re still nice to have as part of the set when I’m traveling. The concealer brush I don’t love simply because I don’t have much use for it since I don’t wear much concealer, but it does serve its purpose so I can’t complain. There’s nothing at all wrong with it and it’s very soft.

The eye shading brush is decent but I much prefer the face brushes to this one. Like the others it’s ultra-soft, but the bristles just don’t pick up and distribute color the way that my other blending brushes (which look just like this) do–I seem to get less pigmentation using this one, plus my application is just a little messier.

All my brushes, happily tucked in.

All in all I’d say that this brush set is more than worth the $9.99 it costs! Definitely look for it at your local drugstore.

Sneak Peek of the New ecoTOOLS Products

January 6, 2009
Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set ($9.99)

ecoTOOLS, the enormously successful collection of eco-conscious cosmetic brushes and bath accessories, is taking a walk on the dark side…dark green, that is! Launching in February 2009, the new line of cosmetic accessories from ecoTOOLS showcases an even deeper commitment to using sustainable resources that meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.

The travel-sized 5-piece bamboo brush set is a bargain at $9.99, and from what I’ve heard ecoTOOLS makes some of the softest brushes out there. This seems perfect to toss in your purse for quick-fixes on the go, and of course would make the ideal travel companion.

ecoTOOLS Bamboo Powders Puffs (2 for $2.99) are plush, soft, and machine-washable! The product that I’ve got my eye on is the set of 12 Eco Cleansing Sponges ($2.99); they’re infused with soy bean oil to nourish your complexion while removing makeup. I feel like they’d be great for those nights when I’m feeling too lazy to fully wash my face.

Also a part of ecoTOOLS new release are this Retractable Aluminum Kabuki Brush ($7.99) and 6 Bamboo Mini Brushes ($3.99)

Have you tried ecoTOOLS products before? Loved them? Hated them?