I bought this brush over two years ago and it still looks as good as the first day I used it. This has been one great investment. This brush has survived daily use and weekly washes. I love it. It rarely ever sheds. It is dense and the bristles are soft. It is the perfect size and it distributes bronzer perfectly. I typically use it with Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, NARS Bronzer, and Clarins Bronzer. All of them work so well with this brush. I swipe it on and buff it out. With bronzer,  I apply everything in four big strokes: forehead, both cheek bones, and down the nose. The handle is thick and isn’t too stubby. It’s sturdy. It sells for $25 which isn’t a horrible price, especially for something used daily that is great quality. I keep it clean by washing it weekly with a gentle soap such as my shampoo or face wash. Sometimes I use a hand soap because it is antibacterial. I’m really impressed with how well this brush has held up. I think it should be in everyone’s brush collection.

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Ursula Andress always had that great sexy 60’s bombshell look. This look will never get old: dark eyes and pale lips. It is the epitome of well, sexy. To get this look first prep skin with a matte foundation and concealer if needed, something like NARS Oil Free Foundation and Concealer Stick in your shade. Lightly dust skin with a powder if you are an oily skin type. Bronzer is a must. Use my favorite bronzer, NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna. It has the right amount of golden shimmer and color. Brush brows into place with a brow comb and pencil in if needed with a powdery pencil like NARS Eyebrow Pencil in your shade. Panama is the one closest to Ursula’s shade. Apply foundation and powder to eyelid. Use a nude matte shadow from lashline to brow bone. Use something like the lightest shade in the NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Bellissima which is a sheer shimmering beige. This shade really “lifts” the brow bone. Take a large shadow brush and brush the deeper shade from the duo into the crease, it is a grayish brown. Blend until it looks airbrushed. Line eyes with a smoky khol liner like NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Black Moon which is a deep matte black. Line eyes on the top and on the bottom. Take an angled liner brush lightly dipped in a black eyeshadow such as the matte black in the NARS Eyeshadow Duo Pandora. Brush outwards, blending and creating a rich but soft smoky eye. Apply false lashes and/or a rich black mascara. Use NARS The Multiple in St Barts which is a shimmery tan taupe on cheeks. Blend with fingertips for a natural bronzed look. Line lips with a nude lip pencil such as NARS Lipliner Pencil in Fantasia which is a nude peach shade. Lips are matte and super neutral. Coat lips with NARS Lipstick in Belle Du Jour which is a nude beige. Apply a crisp but classy fragrance such as Emilio Pucci Vivara perfume to complete this look.

The cosmetics world knows that some of us are not ready to let go of summer even though the temps are still high in most areas, so they’ve equipped us with a few new bronzer kits. First off, I am not a huge bronzer fan but it does have a time and a place. It’s not a staple for me like it is for some people but I do use it occasionally. I find that most people do not use it because they haven’t found that special product for themselves yet. Bronzer is not meant to look orange or leave a line. My favorite is Nars Laguna and is looks amazing and natural on me. Sephora offers a great kit which I am almost out of and need a new one. It’s the Nars Blush/Bronzer duo. I use the one in Orgasm/Laguna which contains both of Nars cult favorite classics in one compact. There is another for deeper skintones in Sin/Casino. It retails for $37. Occasionally, I use this compact as an eyeshadow and it looks wonderful.

Too Faced is offering a new limited edition bronzing compact which is The Bronzed and The Beautiful. I love shimmer so I find these bronzers lovely. But beware, they are very shimmery. The compact contains three bronzers and a “flatbuki” brush. I could care less about the brush, please stick to a big fluffy brush. The kit contains Snow Bunny which the company calls their winter shade and which I call perfect for lighter skin tones. There is the Pink Leopard bronzer which is mainly a warm shimmer powder in my opinion. And finally there is the Sun Bunny shade which is a dual shimmery classic bronze. It retails for $35.

Sugar Cosmetics offers a new Beauty School Bronzing Kit which contains four bronzed minis. It has a Sugar Cream Concealer Compact that is a medium shade, Tropic Tan bronzer which is a shimmery true bronze, a mini bronzer brush that is the perfect size for the compacts and a mini Cell Phone Charm Lip Gloss in a medium bronze shade. It retails for $28 and is the perfect travel size.

Pop Beauty offers Bronze Belle which is a compact that offers eight very wearable bronzer shades that can be used anywhere and is very versatile. I like this compact because it can be used any time of the year because it offers a variety of shades that will adjust to your skintone as the seasons change. It retails for $28. It is a great kit for contouring.

Cat Cosmetics has a bronzer trio which is the Ultimate Bronzing Kit. It contains a bronzer powder in DandyLion II which is a rich warm bronze, cult classic bronzer in Catnip which is a golden brown sans orange, and a creme blush in Beach Cheeks which is a super sheer warm peachy pink. Kit retails for $28 and you can create any face type of face kit on the website.

Elizabeth Arden offers a Bronzing Beauty Kit for Face and Eyes. It is in a lovely compact that includes a mirror. It has a blush/bronzer duo in a very wearable shade (Beach Bronze and Pink Sand) and four beachy inspired eyeshadow shades in Beach, Party, Sun and Bronze. It also contains a useless brush. Retails for $35.

Tarte has the Infinite Glow Palette which contains the awesome Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzing Powder which melts into the skin (it’s pretty shimmery so if you want matte this isn’t for you). It has Gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy which is a shimmery coral with a yummy scent and a 24/7 Lip Sheer in May Flowers which is a natural pink shade in a lip loving formula. It is in a bronzed compact and retails for $30.

Fresh has an Island Reverie Face Palette which is in a beautiful pink and coral compact. It contains three mineral based eye shadows in  a sheer champagne, creamy pink and rich, deep bronze. It has a soft coral blush and a lovely bronzer that leans to the light side. This is a must have compact for blondes in my opinion.Retails for $55.

Duwop, the kings of multi-taskers, have Bronzerush which is a bronzer/blush kit that contains a powder bronzer and sheer gel based blush. There are two shades: August a golden bronzer with a cherry blush and June a golden tan with a sheer poppy red blush. Retails for $35.

Sonia Kashuk (available at Target) has a bronzer/blush duo that is perfect for drier skins. It’s the Creme Bronzer/Blush Duo in Golden creme that offers a creamy golden bronzer and a creamy pinky peach blush. It retails for $8.99. A little goes a long way and this item gets awesome reviews from buyers.

Of course they are a billion more kits if you look hard enough that contains eyeshadows and even mascara (Cargo, Smashbox) but I feel these are the most travel worthy sets.

Many bronzers are super shimmery to add light to the face and prevent the formula from looking “mucky”. I find that if I want a matte formula that looks very natural, use a sheer pressed powder foundation in a darker warmer shade. I use Revlon New Complexion One Step in Natural Beige which is a few shades darker than my skintone. I brush it one with a bronzer blush such as Sephora’s. It looks warm and lovely. Retails for $11.49. If you have drier skin, a nice option is to use a tinted moisturizer in a shade darker than usual. For example go from medium to dark. I use Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Tinted Moisturizer which retails for $44. It is perfect for hot summer days.

More tips: I apply cream and powder bronzers in the same places, where the sun hits: cheek bones, nose and lightly on the forehead. Blend and you’re set. A big fluffy brush is a must when using powder bronzers, I prefer Sephora’s Bronzer Brush. Sometimes I bronze my neck and chest when I feel I am looking a bit sallow. I prefer a subtle but shimmery powder. It makes the skin look fresh and younger. I really like Tarte Mineral Bronzing Powder for this.