I love shopping local and supporting the great local boutiques and designers in town. Recently I discovered a way to do MAKEUP locally! A glam face starts with fresh clean skin and great makeup brushes. Every beauty babe knows a variety of fabulous brushes are essential. We all love building our collection and organizing them in cute containers on our vanity, but who likes to clean them? No one! It sucks…until now!
Say buh bye to the dreadful world of brush cleaning, and hello to the blissful results of Swirl+Sparkle! This all-natural and cruelty-free product is a brush cleaning game changer. You open the darling little tin, moisten it with water, swirl your brush inside, and watch with satisfaction as the filth washes away…quick, easy, and super effective.
I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know DIY queen Marii Lang, the creator of Swirl+Sparkle. Marii is sweet as cherry pie and passionate about all-natural beauty products. Girlfriend is a true gem, and I smile thinking of her every time I clean my nasty brushes!
Now that our brushes are squeaky clean and ready to rock, let’s talk makeup.
Maëlle beauty is a fabulous cruelty-free makeup and skincare company devoted to creating the best beauty experience possible. I was lucky enough to connect with the team behind the brand, and visit their sleek showroom in the West Loop to learn more about the products. The Maëlle team of babes are so lovely and passionate about their line, I instantly felt like their friend! They kindly gifted me a generous box of their goodies, so I could get to know the products and share what I love.
Their color palettes are classic shades that flatter everyone…but they keep you on your toes with interesting splashes such as purple and teal! Here is a run down of my favorite Maëlle products:
Skin Sparkle Face Polish~ A modern exfoliator with no scratchy microbeads is gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to clean away dirt and dead cells. I love using this product before applying makeup. It leaves my skin so smooth and hydrated, makeup goes on beautifully!
Secret Illuminator~ A little bit of this magical light reflecting concealer goes a long way. I have been applying a couple dots under my eyes and voila! Dark circles gone and fine lines are blurred.
Sunkissed Bronzer~First of all, this palette is gorgeous! My husband saw it and said he wants to eat it. He is very mature. I am a sucker for a great bronzer and have tried sooo many. Usually the palettes with multiple shades are not my favorite, but these sun-kissed shades seamlessly blend. An instant boost…this palette will be my pasty skins best friend this winter!
Cheeky Blush~ Again, this palette is sooo pretty! The fresh peachy pink hues provide a natural flush and instant pop of color. I have been applying the Sunkissed bronzer first and topping it off with a blend of the blush shades. Instant California girl glow!
Illusionist Pencils~ great quality eyeliners with highly pigmented colors that easily build depending on the look you are going for. I have been tight lining the inner half of my upper eyelid, and the outer half of my lower eyelid with the forest green pencil. The two halves make a whole, and the subtle green is striking.
Above & Beyond Mascara – Usually I end up using a couple of different mascaras, as they are all good for different things, but this bad boy does it all, and does it dramatically! Say hello to thick, long-wearing lashes with extra curl, volume, length and hold. Some days when I am teaching sweaty fitness classes and sport a clean face, I will just apply this and a nude lip. I love the look, and have experienced multiple people inquire about my lash extensions! No harmful extensions needed, and no need to layer it on. One sweep gets the job done.
Clearly Brilliant Nude Tinted Lips~ a new staple in my gym bag. I hope I am not the only freak who cannot get behind working out without something on my lips. A piece of the puzzle would simply be missing. This moisturizing lip tint gives color and shine with a non-stick finish. The creamy lip crayon makes applying easy and fool-proof, no mirror needed. I find it is best to apply to dry lips. The nude is a a perfect everyday neutral, and I also love the berry for a feminine brighter pop.
~Link to SHOP: https://maellebeauty.com/julzchez
~Code julz10 for $10 off first order
“On a bad day, there’s always sun-kissed bronzer and dramatic mascara.”~ ME.