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Kestrel Cosmetic Bags: A Luxe Look For Less

kestrel makeupbag I love Kestrel Cosmetic Bags. I discovered them last fall at my local Nordstrom Rack store. There are a bunch of different styles and fabrics, but what I love the most is that they are very high quality at a very low price point. When I first saw them in store, I was instantly drawn to the display. The bargain shopper that I am, I immediately looked at the price tag and did a double take. I expected it to say something like $30, marked down from $50+. So imagine my shock when the price tag said $10. I quickly picked up another bag and checked that price tag to see if a mistake had been made.

Nope…no mistake. Although the design, fabrication and hardware are luxe, Kestrel bags only look like you broke the bank. So I did what any expert shopper would do: I loaded up my cart with variety of styles for holiday gift-giving. Every December, I run into the same problem – I have a ton of friends, co-workers and kids’ teachers to thank, and I can only afford presents that cost about $10 each. But most gifts under $10 are utter crap and you’d rather give nothing at all than give someone a $10 piece of junk. Kestrel bags are the perfect solution to this Christmastime conundrum. (more…)

tarte Miracles from the Amazon 6 Piece Collection with Bag

be your own tarteist groupTarte is one of my all-time favorite brands, so when they launch something new and amazing, I can’t wait to do my bloggerly duty and tell the world.

A few weeks ago, Tarte gave me an exclusive sneak peek at their Miracles from the Amazon 6-Piece Collection with Bag – and even though I’m a woman with an enviable beauty arsenal, I’ve been using these products in my daily routine ever since.

That’s what I love about Tarte…so many of their products become my instant beauty besties. They’re the “how did I survive my whole life until now?” type of products. Anyway, I can finally dish on this amazing makeup set because it is now available for purchase on QVC and QVC.com. In fact, it’s QVC’s “Today’s Special Value” today. Ladies, turn this Friday the 13th into a lucky day by scoring this bag of beauty goodies. Here’s what’s in the collection:

 

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Tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

Do you travel to see family during the holidays?  I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip.  Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection.  All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.

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Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hey Mario,

I’d like some advice on how to best clean my makeup brushes. I don’t know if I should be using soap, shampoo or a special kind of brush cleaner. And how often should I be cleaning them? I’ve spent a small fortune on brushes but have no idea how to care for them.

Thanks so much!
Ella

Hi Ella,
 
It took years of experimenting with different techniques and products to clean my brushes and I’ve found a way that works for me. I hope it does for you as well.
 
To clean brushes with natural or synthetic bristles, I use a basic hair shampoo. First run water over the brush hair then rub into the shampoo in a circular motion (I pour a bit of shampoo into a bowl). Rinse under running water again to get all of the soap out. I finish off by squeezing the water out, making sure not to pull on the hairs.
 
To dry your brushes, you should lay them flat on a towel. If you stand them up in a cup to dry, the water seeps into the handle and causes the brush to weaken and fall apart over time.
 
Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

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