Review: Furless Black Beauty Makeup Brush Set

I've been eyeing Furless brushes for a long time. With their sleek designs and affordable prices, this all-vegan company really stands out from the competition. I was thrilled when the Australian retailer offered to let me try out their Black Beauty Brush Set.

  • 100% cruelty-free
  • Hand-crafted
  • Sturdy construction
  • Soft, fluffy bristles
  • Affordable prices
  • Well-balanced set
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Article: How to Stretch Your Dollar at Whole Foods

In , / 10/13/2014
Image: ilovebutter via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0
If you're ever suffered from sticker shock at Whole Foods, you're not alone.As much as I try to shop elsewhere, I can't find everything I need at the cheaper stores. Only Whole Foods has items like bulk organic almond butter and organic dates (which I use for my daily chocolate smoothies). But Whole Foods doesn't have to be expensiveif you know how to shop for savings. Read on for some of my time-tested tips.
  • Try frozen produce instead of fresh. Prices on organic fruits and veggies in the frozen food aisle are often comparable or cheaper than the fresh versions. They are also frozen at the peak of the season.
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Review: Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara

There are a lot of great vegan mascaras out there, but most of them have a very soft, natural finish. This seems to satisfy a large number of consumers who seek out these products due to allergies or environmental concerns. However, as a makeup artist and beauty fanatic, I like a mascara with a little more "oomph:." I want one that lengthens, thickens, and helps define lashes - one that provides a more bold look. Enter Lily Lolo, a U.K. company. They offer a vegan mascara that not only looks snappy but instantly gives you that extra boost.

  • Volumizing formula
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Gentle ingredients
  • Gluten-free and vegan
  • Provides a bold finish
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Ask Kaylin: Best Foundations for Large Pores

In , / 10/06/2014
My mom came for a visit recently, and she asked me for some help with her makeup. I set aside several different foundations and concealers, hoping for something quick and easy for her to use. I had completely forgotten that she had large pores on her nose, so that quickly narrowed my options. Which was my product of choice? Read on to find out.

Kaylin's Mom:
What product should I use to reduce redness on my nose? I have large pores and I don't want to have to keep re-applying it each time I touch my face.
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Review: Gourmet Body Treats White Ginger Hand & Foot Scrub

When I moved to Austin, I found that my skin became drier. Products like scrubs and exfoliators suddenly became very useful, as they help remove the dead skin and reveal bright new skin. One of these exfoliators is Gourmet Body Treats White Ginger Hand & Foot Scrub

  • Yummy sweet ginger scent
  • Gentle ingredients
  • Made with organic sugar
  • Helps exfoliate skin while providing moisture
  • Easy to apply
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Article: Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

In , / 9/29/2014
I am a part-time glasses wearer.
When I was in the third grade, I went to a fashion show at a local mall. There were signs for each clothing line, but I couldn't read them when everyone else could. A week later, I got fitted for glasses. Everyone in my family needs vision correction, but contacts have been my weapon of choice since the fifth grade. But every once in awhile, I like to give my eyes a rest. I may not be a full-time glasses wearer, but I have some personal experience wearing makeup with glasses.

So when a reporter asked for my advice, I gladly offered some tips. One of my ideas was featured here, in this article on
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Review: Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick

I've recently heard that FD&C dyes are from coal tar, and some people recommend avoiding them. I like to play it on the safe side, so I was shocked to discover just how many "natural" brands use FD&C dyes, particularly as a replacement for carmine in vegan lipsticks. It seems it can be tough to get certain shades of red and pink without either carmine or FD&C dyes, but a few companies have managed this feat. One such line? Ecco Bella's FlowerColor Lipstick.

  • Over 10 vegan shades
  • Gentle formula
  • Gluten-free/no FD&C dyes
  • Sleek black packaging
  • Smooth application
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