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Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: EcoTools

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: EcoTools

With quality beauty tools, you get more out of your makeup. And with some TLC, a good set will last a long time. Great makeup brushes come at all price points, and some of my favorites are from a brand called ecoTools.

ecotools+5+piece+brush+set Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: EcoToolsecoTools’ brushes are easy on the wallet and on the earth – they feature bamboo handles (which are highly sustainable), vegan bristles, metal from recycled aluminum cans, and reusable pouches printed with plant-based ink.

I am a big fan of the ecoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set ($9.99), which includes a Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Baby Kabuki Brush, and a linen/hemp cosmetics bag.

These tools rival prestige brushes that cost six or seven times as much. And you will be absolutely blown away by the softness of the bristles and how well they apply your makeup. They make all other brushes green with envy.

ecoTools products can be found at Target, Walgreens, Wegmans, and drugstore.com.

Looking for more eco-friendly beauty finds? Head on over to Beauty Blogging Junkie for Amber’s green pick of the day.

My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2Pro

spoiled+pretty+extensions My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2Pro
Just in case you were wondering how I achieved the Giselle waves in my clip-in hair extension video, I’ll tell you…I used h2pro’s Ceramic Curling Iron. After two years of using my flat iron to straighten and curl, I decided that a curling iron might be a wise addition to my hair styling tool kit.

h2pro+curling+iron My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2ProThe h2pro has an adjustable temperature setting range which is easily viewed on the digital LCD temperature display. Just be aware that the temperature is in Celsius, rather than Fahrenheit…so pay attention, or else your mane might be feeling the burn.

The curling iron also features an easy-to-use spring grip, 360° swivel cord, built-in kickstand, circuit breaker and cool-touch tip for safe styling. And despite my iron’s 3/4″ barrel, it delivered both perfect tight spirals and undulating waves!

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah

queen+latifah+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah
For the 2009 Oscars, hairstylist Julie Baker used FHI Heat hair tools to help create a very elegant, modern chignon for her longtime client Queen Latifah.

queen latifah academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah“Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needs to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side,” said Baker.

To achieve this glamorous modern look, Baker dried Latifah’s hair using the new FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 blow dryer, then applied FHI Heat Hot Sauce (a heat-activated conditioner that protects hair) to slightly damp hair. Last, she used her favorite FHI Heat Runway styling iron to smooth out Latifah’s tresses, before styling it into a chignon.

Photos: Wireimage

Get Giselle-like Waves For Less Than $30 With the Remington AirWave

The other day, Amber was sporting the most gorge Giselle-esque waves. When I inquired how I could cop her style, she shocked me. Amber didn’t use a curling iron or flat iron to style her hair. She used a hair dryer – Remington’s new Emi Style System Dryer with Airwave Attachment, to be exact. And get this…it costs $29.99!

You best believe I’m getting a hold of the AirWave right quick. Hopefully, it also works on ethnic hair. I’ll keep you posted.

The Remington AirWave is available at drugstore.com, though Target is selling it for $7 cheaper.

How To Be A Curly Girl Like Kim Kardashian

kim+kardashian+curly How To Be A Curly Girl Like Kim Kardashian
On her blog, Kim Kardashian answers some beauty-related fan mail. When asked about the curling iron she used to create her inauguration night look (see above), Kim responded:

I use Hot Tools curling irons. They have a bunch of different sizes. If you want smaller, tighter curls, go with a smaller iron. If you want bigger, sexy curls, go with a larger one! Since your hair is so long, I’d suggest you use their 2-inch model for bigger waves! Happy hairstyling!

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.

Beauty Addicts, Meet Beauty Addicts

beauty+addicts+lipclick Beauty Addicts, Meet Beauty Addicts
You know your retractable lip brush? The cheap gold one where the tip falls off every time you use it? The one that deposits more hairs on your lips than pigment? Yeah, that lip brush. Here’s my advice to you…th’ow it out, as my mother would say.

I mean, why would you keep holding on to a beauty tool that makes your mouth look a hot mess when you can replace it with one that makes you look hot, period?

Beauty addicts, meet Beauty Addicts LipCLICK Retractable Brush. The best lip brush I’ve used – retractable or otherwise, in forever. Hands down.

Chic, sleek and the perfect definition of form meets function. The brush opens to reveal a full size lip brush with just one click – and slides back after use into a fully protected casing. Perfect for on the go application for your busy life!

It’s my holy grail retractable lip brush. Go get you one – and while you’re there, pick up one of Beauty Addicts’ RelationLIPS palettes. I’m partial to ExpressLIPS, a combination of four nudes (buff, rosy-gold, cream and bronze) that make for the inherently sexy Angelina kisser.

Beautyaddicts.com. You’re welcome.

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