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brush up your skills.

Now that I’ve talked a lot about slowly updating my beauty bag to include various eco-friendly products, why not also mention the same in regards to cosmetic brushes? Here are my top five favorites that are one or more of the following: cruelty-free, made from sustainable and/or recycled materials, won’t break the bank, comes in sustainable packaging. Check it out:

1 – Most affordable + most sustainable: EcoTools. Not only are these brushes easily accessible (find ’em at Target, Walmart and Walgreens), but they’re also extremely affordable! The various EcoTools’ brushes and kits range from $6.99-$15.99, all of which contain 100% cruelty-free brushes made of synthetic taklon bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and bamboo handles. In addition, the company packages every product in an eco-conscious way by using reusable pouches, post-consumer recycled plastic and/or recyclable packaging. Also good to know – EcoTools is a member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that support environmental initiatives!

2 – Best sample: RAW Natural Beauty via Sircle Samples. If you’re looking to test-drive a few eco-friendly brushes (or other natural beauty products) to see how you like them before draining your wallet, I highly recommend Sircle Samples! Sircle Samples is a fun and easy way to try out samples of various beauty and personal care products custom to your specific beauty needs, preferences, and style. I recently received this trio of sustainable brushes and must say that the flat-top foundation is a real winner!

3 – Best multi-purpose: Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit. The brushes in this kit were created with a unique design made to mimic your fingertips featuring Sigma’s exclusive synthetic Sigmax fibers. I love this kit for its ability to serve a variety of purposes – you can use the brushes for concealing blemishes, stippling product onto sun spots, applying foundation onto those hard-to-reach areas (around the nose, under the eyes), blending out shadow, highlighting the browbone, plus more! For all of the makeup mavens out there, this kit is a must-have for creating a truly flawless face! (You can read my brief review on the Sigma Synthetic Essential Kit that I wrote a while back here.)

4 – Best complete kit: Sigma Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit. When it comes to this particular Sigma brush kit, I always say they didn’t put the word “essential” in the title for nothing! Containing 12 professional makeup brushes, this kit includes every brush you could possibly need to create a complete makeup look. Whatsmore, the bristles are vegan-friendly and ultra-soft (hence the name “bunny” perhaps?! hehe) Bonus – the brushes come in a container that turns into two brush cup holders for organized storage. And just how can you say no to those pretty colors?

5 – Best for travel: Sonia Kashuk “Out of the Woods” collection. This makeup brush collection features handles made from wood, ferrules produced from recycled aluminum, and a sustainable cork bag perfect for holding your brushes and other small beauty items for travel.  (I’m also in love with the Sonia Kashuk limited edition “Straight from Nature” collection which gets the award for most unique design in my book!)

What are your go-to cosmetic brushes?


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eco-friendly obsessions.

While a few of these products are a bit on the spendy side, I strongly think they’re worth every penny! Not only are each of these products fabulous, but they’re earth-friendly, too …and now just how eco chic is that?!

1. Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner – $12. This 99.4% natural toner made from tomato, cucumber and parsley extracts helps to clean and tighten pores while leaving behind the subtle aroma of a sweet tomato garden. A summer beauty essential!

2. EcoTools bath sponge – $1.99. Made from 100% recycled material, this bath pouf works great for daily cleansing and gentle exfoliation.

3. Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 Tinted Clay Moisturizer – $36. The perfect product for lightweight, cruelty-free coverage formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil or synthetic fragrance. A fab foundation alternative for the hot summer months. {a Sephora best-seller!}

4. EOS lip balm – $2.99. Paraben- and petrolatem-free, this 95% organic shea-butter and Vitamin E rich lip balm provides the just-right amount of moisture without the unnecessary, harsh ingredients.

5. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask – $21. This active charcoal mask helps to clear pores while clarifying and reviving the skin’s surface. {an Origins top seller!} Enough said.

6. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day basil-scented soy candle – $9.99. 97% naturally derived from vegetable soy wax and essential oils, this earth-friendly candle provides 35 hours of basil-scented goodness and comes in a re-usable jelly jar. I can’t resist this luscious summer scent.

7. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control spray – $15. Protects from UV, thermal and combing damage for the hair. Made with certified organic aloe, camomile and calendula, this is a summer pre-styling hair must-have. {an Aveda stylist pick!}

What are some of your favorite eco-friendly products?

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