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    Cozzette brush review roundup

    • Reviews of the D225 and D230 {here}
    • Reviews of the S125, S135, and S175 {here}
    • Review of the P350 {here}

    I know, I’ve kind of OD’ed on Cozzette over the last little while… but I have some serious love for these brushes, ladies. I may stop writing theNotice just so I can spend all my time with my S125.

    (Kidding! Calm down. It’s going to be okay).

    Anyhow, I did want to wrap this up with a bit more info about the Cozzette line (aside from the fact that all of the brushes feature gorgeous purple handles). There are some things inherent to the Divinity collection, so I didn’t bother to mention them in every single review!

    Things to remember…

    • These brushes run at about the same price (or less) as MAC brushes, so while they may be a bit of an investment, the prices aren’t too bad. (Plus, they’re totally worth it if you ask me!)
    • I’ve washed these numerous times already (I try to make sure to wash brushes at least 3-4 times before reviewing them), and I haven’t had a single problem with shedding — of any of the brushes. Gotta say; I’m impressed.
    • Cozzette brushes are all cruelty-free, and they’re made out of the *softest* synthetic ever. I challenge you to find a softer one, seriously. And you can’t be on hallucinogenic substances when you find it.
    • The line is independent. In other words, a really cool makeup artist is profiting from your purchase, not a huge multinational corporation. For some reason, that makes me really happy!

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    Cozzette Divinity S brush reviews

    What they are: Cozzette S-line brushes, in S125, S135, and S175.

    The S125 ($30)

    This one’s supposed to be a blush/powder brush, and it’s definitely my favourite of all of the Cozzette brushes. It’s ridiculously soft, but the bristles are still dense and firm — not very like an Ecotools brush, to be honest. The large handle is weighted gorgeously, and the brush feels luxe and is easy to use.

    Good for: applying powder, bronzer, face powder, and pigmented blushers (it’s perfect for getting just a tiny bit of product, but you do lose a bit of control as the head is quite large).

    Compare it to: MAC 150, maybe? I think it’s even larger, actually!

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    Cozzette Divinity P350 brush review

    What it is: Cozzette’s P350 brush

    The P350 ($18)

    Okay, this is a really weird brush. If you’ve never used one like this before… you’re in for a big surprise! The bristles are really springy and really smooth. Like, really springy. I can practically bounce this brush off my face!

    There’s a pretty good demo on how to use this brush on the Cozzette site; basically, you use the side of the cylinder (not the top) to blend your product. I like that they’ve chosen slightly thicker synthetic bristles, and that the brush is fairly dense — it “eats” less product, so you have to use less.

    Good for: undereye concealer, and for applying/blending concealer on red/ruddy/discoloured patches.

    Compare it to: I’m not sure! It’s sort of like a smaller version of Adesign’s Pointed Foundation Brush, or Stila’s One Step Complexion brush, I guess?

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    Cozzette Divinity D brush reviews

    What they are: Cozzette D-line brushes, in D225 and D230.

    The D225 ($16)

    Cozzette’s D225 is their “depositor,” made for applying pops of colour and hilights. And it’s great at both! However, I don’t reach for it often, simply because I don’t usually use this type of brush — I tend to opt for a thicker eye brush (this one’s fairly thin) so that I can use it to deposit colour and start buffing out the edges.

    That said, though… this is ridiculously soft, and it’s great at its job.

    Good for: depositing pops of colour, hilighting, foiling (but not buffing) shadows onto the lid.

    Compare it to: Sephora #12

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    theNotice’s Best of 2017 | Makeup, skincare, and haircare

    For a blogger, I feel like I don’t try that much new stuff… But compared to your average consumer, I definitely do. Here are my best of 2017 picks in makeup, haircare, and skincare, plus a little bit about why I love them.

    All of the products in this post are things that I use no less than weekly, and/or that I’ve re-bought at least once.

    My six top products of 2017

    There’s more on each of these in the appropriate sections, but here it goes: Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows, Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencils, and Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes for makeup; The Ordinary Squalane, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm, and SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask for skincare.

    Best of 2017: Makeup

    My top three makeup products of the year are the Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows, Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencils, and Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes, hands down.

    The Chrome Eyeshadows give an unreal “shattered” glitter finish to any eye look, and the Pür Eye Polishes are the perfect weightless base for that look. They don’t intensify eyeshadows like a proper eyeshadow primer does, but they do prevent creasing, at least for me. (I talk about the Skinny Brow Pencils non-stop, so you don’t really need to hear that again. They’re very good and very cheap, although I do wish they wore for longer.)


    Base: Rodial Airbrush Foundation (transferred to a glass jar); Pür Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15; Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

    Powder: Marcelle Cosmetics Translucent Powder (loose and pressed)

    Colour: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01 Golden PinkCharlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Instant Look palette; Rodial Blusher in South Beach

    Other: MAC Glitter in 3D Silver (okay; I don’t use this weekly, but it is super pretty.)


    Lashes: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy (which I carry around in an old Red Cherry container, because boxed lashes are super cumbersome); Esqido Mink Lashes in Starlet and Radiance; Duo Lash Glue in Translucent; Clinique Full-to-Flutter Mascara; Annabelle Supernova Mascara

    Eyeshadow: Inglot eyeshadow quad (these are so lovely to work with, but I always find that my Inglot eyeshadows disappear entirely by the end of the day); Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys Eyeshadow Palette; Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes (no creasing! These are great solo or as a base); Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows (SO pretty – Rose Gold and Gold are my favourites.)

    Pencils: Lise Watier Automatique Eyeliner Stylo in Platine (I’m on my second pencil); Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencil in Universal Ebony (I’m on like, my fifth of this one)


    Sheer: Burberry Lip Colour Contour Pen in 01 FairYves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise CraquanteMake Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster; Revlon Lip Butter in Plum Perfect

    Opaque: Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 50 Voyager (kiss-proof and sexy as hell!); Annabelle TwistUp Lip Colour in Vamp; Make Up For Ever Acrylips Lip Paint in 501 Eggplant

    Best of 2017: Tools & Brushes

    Tools: Tweezerman Mini Tweezers; Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

    Brushes: NYX Cosmetics Pro Fan Brush (the best for highlighter!); assorted brushes from Cozette; assorted brushes from Real Techniques

    Best of 2017: Skincare & Haircare

    My top three skincare products of the year are The Ordinary Squalane, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm, and SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask. They’re all really no-nonsense products that perform super well and all happen to be budget buys.

    The Ordinary’s squalane is high-quality and hydrating for under $10; the Bioderma balm is the same, but for a lotion. It’s a little pricier but it’s absolutely enormous, and it hydrates without feeling sticky. I’m also a die-hard fan of that SkinFood mask (I get mine from Take Good Care) – it makes my skin so darn soft.


    Serums: The Ordinary Squalane; L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (I’m on my second bottle); No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Face Oil; Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (the best hyaluronic!)

    Treatments: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%; Neutrogena Spot Treatment; SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask

    Cleansers: Paula’s Choice Resist Hydrating Cleanser; B.Liv Drench Me Cleanser

    Moisturizers: DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture (I’m on my second jar); Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30 (I’m on my fourth)

    Lip balm: Lovetica Lip Balm, all the way!


    Hair: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap; Batiste Lotus Dry Shampoo

    Body: Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm (I just re-purchased this at Shopper’s!); Ahava Liquid Dead Sea Salt (use it before a shower for the closest shave you’ll ever get in your life); Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA (my holy grail for treating keratosis pilaris); Lovetica Natural Deodorant. LUSH Body Conditioners, Bath Bombs, Shower Gels, and Sympathy for the Skin Hand & Body Lotion

    Other: Thursday Plantation Eucalyptus Oil (for cleaning & as a mouthwash) and Tea Tree Oil (for yeast infections)

    Best of 2017: Fashion

    Here are a few of my most-worn items of 2017. I haven’t posted about all of these on theNotice yet, so I’ve included shopping links to help you track down the same (or similar) items. Some of them are affiliate links, but these are the only shoppable links in this post – everything else goes directly to a review.

    ACCESSORIES: BonLook Myrtle Glasses in Rose Dazzling (more photos); E.L.F. Zhou Monarch Choker in Black (matching cuffs)

    VELVET: WORKHALL Studio Moeah Dress in Plum (I looooove this dress); Ardene Crushed Velvet Crop Top

    COZY: Abercrombie & Fitch flannel (similar)

    BOOTS: Geox Inspiration Wedges (more photos)

    I’m going to close out this post with a few of my favourite fashion shots and product photos from 2017 (click to read the posts), but: What did you love last year?

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