A couple of weeks ago, I had a lonely Saturday where I basically threw myself a pity party.
Not exactly pretty behavior.
It was freezing cold, Spouse was gone for the weekend, the kids were climbing the walls yet didn’t want to go anywhere, I had to work (they were reluctantly dragged along), etc.
Oh, and it was my Birthday.
The most embarrassing part of this day was that I left QVC on in the background.
QVC is an extremely guilty pleasure.
It never occurred to me to watch it until once when I was home on maternity leave with MGM (now 10), up in the middle of the night, disoriented from lack of sleep, and bored.
While channel surfing I rested on QVC, and they were selling Philosophy skin care kits. After half-watching for 20 minutes, I felt like a new skin care kit would definitely improve my life. Click, buy.
Since then, I’ve generally done a good job of NOT buying from QVC. Really.
But I still sometimes sneak peeks, and every once in a while, they even have exclusive offerings on brands I genuinely like (Bobbi Brown, Barefoot Dreams).
Back to that fateful Saturday: the big deal of the day (is that what it’s called?) was a Becca Cosmetics set that included highlighter, foundation, skin primer, eye brightening concealer, and lip gloss.
The lip gloss got me first.
It’s sparkly and peachy, two things I adore.
All of this was about $60. The gloss is everything I wanted. The eye brightener is also better than I’d hoped. I’ve been layering it over my usual concealer and it really delivers on the glow.
I don’t usually use a primer, but I’ve given this a few chances and it does not disappoint. I wear it under my Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer and can see a (good) difference.
The powder highlighter is supposedly one of the line’s star products. It’s finely milled and gives a nice golden glow. I still like Bobbi Brown shimmer brick better, but this is ok.
The foundation’s formula was good but the color was off. This is my fault; I should have followed my gut and ordered a different shade. I picked the lightest one and it is just too light.
Researching the brand, though, I discovered that another of their best sellers is this brush:
Called The One, here’s Becca’s description:
A true beauty multitasker, this brush can be used with liquids, creams, powders and anything in between.
It retails for $49.
I have a lot of cosmetic brushes that I’ve either bought or received as freebies over the years, so this didn’t immediately seem like something I’d be interested in.
Yet – I loved the idea of this being the one tool that can replace up to 10 others.
Amazon also had deals on this exact brush from third party sellers for as low as $15.
That price made it worth a try.
One thing that surprised me is the size of the brush. It’s a lot bigger than I expected.
For reference, it’s about the size of a deck of cards.
It also lives up to its billing as an allover brush. I’ve been using it for bronzer or a quick dusting of translucent powder, and it’s extremely efficient due to the wide brush head. The bristles are short and somewhat stiff, but not prickly in any way.
This would be perfect for travel. Even though the size isn’t compact, the utility of this brush would earn it a place in a travel bag.
Of all the Becca products above, I’d recommend the gloss, the eye brightener and the brush, especially if you can find it for less than $20.