Postpartum Hair Loss

I really thought I wasn’t going to experience postpartum hair loss. I took my prenatals, I ate well (maybe a little too well), I stayed hydrated, I was 19 when I had my daughter, I thought I was too young to experience postpartum hair loss. I was wrong. By the time my daughter was two weeks old, my hair was coming out in chunks and on top of that, it was constantly stringy and frizzy no matter what I did. I tried everything from different serums and remedies, DIY hair masks, I tried not washing my hair and then I tried washing it every day. Nothing worked. It took me months to find things that actually helped and didn’t just coat my hair in product, making it feel soft until it became so caked up in gunk that it was weighted down and gross looking.
It wasn’t until I was almost 8 months postpartum that I finally found a vitamin and hair product regimen that really helped make – and keep – my hair soft and healthy (even with an entire head of bleached hair).
A little more background about my hair: I am a natural dark brunette living life with blonde hair. I bleach it myself a majority of the time. I also have incredibly thick hair, which is another reason I never thought I would experience hair loss this young. It is currently slightly purple thanks to a color depositing shampoo from Punky Color (https://www.ulta.com/3-in-1-color-depositing-shampoo-conditioner?productId=xlsImpprod17871157), and even with the color thanks to my new hair care regimen, my hair is softer than it’s ever been:

  1. Invest in a good shampoo: I now use the Redken Extreme shampoo (https://www.redken.com/products/hair-care/extreme/hair-strengthening-shampoo) and I absolutely adore it. It does have sulfates in it and I wish it didn’t, but it is the only thing that has really helped repair the damage done to my hair. Anyway. Investing in a quality shampoo means you’re using the right ingredients and the shampoo/conditioner is not only making your hair feel better, but it is actually repairing it.
  2. Don’t try to fix it by using oils, keratin, and masks: I tried it. Every couple days I had a new mask or overnight oil treatment, and all this did was make things worse. My scalp started to think it needed to produce less oils and therefore my hair ended up being dryer than before I did the mask or treatment. I am not a big fan of keratin or moroccan oil. I’m sure it has its uses for some people, but all it seems to do for me is weigh my hair down and make it feel gross the longer I use it. If I do use it, it’s every couple of months and I usually use the It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner Plus Keratin (https://www.ulta.com/miracle-leave-in-plus-keratin?productId=xlsImpprod6481240), a spray or two on damp hair.
  3. Stop washing your hair: I only wash my hair a couple days a week, and in-between I usually don’t brush it. I have curly hair so brushing it typically results in frizz and untameable hair. The day I do shower and brush my hair, I spray a detangler on it and brush through it, making sure I bring the oils from the top of my hair to the tips.
  4. Vitamins: but not too much. I take some daily vitamin with a small dose of biotin in it. I don’t like the idea of taking too much (mostly because I’m allergic, but also because it has never seemed to work for me), so I typically just make sure the daily vitamins I take contain biotin and folic acid.
  5. Healthy eating: and drinking water. The better the food you’re putting in your body, the better your entire body is going to look and feel. When I really shifted my diet, I noticed the biggest difference in my hair. I try to drink a gallon or more of water a day, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.
  6. No heat: I have curly, frizzy hair. I love straightening it, but when I stopped straightening and curling my hair it got so much healthier. It sucks, but it really does work.
  7. Heat protectant: Ion is my favorite heat protectant, but if you’re not a fan of the oily finish it has, I have some other ones linked below. I spray it on my hair every other day, especially the day after I wash my hair. The sun is so harsh on your skin and your hair and just like you use sunscreen on your face, you need to use something to protect your hair. When I started doing this, I noticed a drastic difference in my hair within the week.

These are the things that worked for me, and I really hope they can help you out too.
Xox,
Jess

August Goals

I am very goal-oriented. I need them to succeed, kind of like lists. They’re just a part of my every day. Lately, however, I’ve noticed myself letting go of my goals and becoming much less productive, so I figured what better way to hold myself accountable than to publish my goals, fails, and successes on the internet for everyone to see!
Join me on my j

ourney of being productive and adulting, and comment your own goals below!

  1. Posting: I really want to be more regular when it comes to posting on here. Like, minimum of 3 posts a week type regular.
  2. Working out: I slack off so much when it comes to working out, and I hate myself for it. Even if it’s just one good workout a week, I really want to get stronger and more confident. It’s a journey, but if I don’t start now I never will.
  3. School: It’s the elephant in the room for me. I finished high school barely and have been wanting to enroll in community college classes ever since I became a mom, but I always make an excuse as to why I don’t have time or why it isn’t a good time. Well, it’s time. While I don’t necessarily want to be in a class by the end of the month, I want to be closer to finding a program for me. It’s small steps, right?
  4. Be more in the moment: I have a tendency to just whiz through everything, and I hate it. When I look back it’s like I wasn’t even there for so much stuff, and especially having an almost-one-year-old, I want to make sure I’m really there when I’m with her. So that’s my goal – to be more there, to put my phone down, to just enjoy the moment and not worry about what’s going on or what I have to do or clean or pay.
  5. Cleaning: Getting into a consistent cleaning routine is going to be quintessential for me finding my zen, and I just need to buckle down and do it.

So here’s to a month of goals! I’m starting myself off easy. I don’t want to put too much on my plate so that I don’t get overwhelmed and give up (like I usually do), so this is my starting point. Do you have any of the same goals? I’ll check in at the end of the month, hopefully I can cross at least something off this list by then!
Xox,
Jess
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Flying With a Baby


Scary, right? The idea of having your baby on an airplane? It doesn’t have to be. My daughter flew for the first time at 8 months and man was I worried. She was cutting her first teeth and we had a redeye flight – it was bound to fail; and yet somehow, it didn’t. Our flights were probably one of the smoothest parts of our entire trip! Keep reading for the things I am convinced help keep an 8 month old calmer than the grownups!

  1. Binkis/Bottles/Boob: The 3 B’s with a whole new meaning! The altitude is one of the biggest issues when it comes to kids flying. It hurts, it’s weird, and it’s flatout uncomfortable. At takeoff and landing, have them sucking on something whether it be a binki, a bottle, or a boob. It helped us a TON. Even if she was sleeping, I would stick a binki in her mouth.
  2. Tylenol/Motrin: We brought a sealed container of Motrin on the plane with us and while we didn’t end up having to give her any until a layover on the way back, I am so glad we had it. You never know when teeth pain is going to kick in and having the ability to just pull it out and dose them up when they need it is so reassuring.
  3. Baby-wearing: I am not a big baby-wearer, I never have been – that being said, it saved us on this trip. My daughter is very independent in that she refuses to sleep on us a majority of the time, but wearing her allows her to feel snuggled up and more safe, secure, and warm which lets her at least lay down and chill out if she’s not going to sleep, and it’s also a lot easier to keep them in your lap when they’re attached to you.
  4. Silent toys: We flew at night so a majority of our flight was dark and quiet. Bringing things like books and cars, toys that don’t make any noise, saved us. There were a good few chunks of time that she just didn’t want to relax, so having the ability to pull some toys out for her to play with that wouldn’t disturb the entire flight was nice. We also downloaded some movies on our phones and brought some headphones, but we didn’t end up using them at all.
  5. Check the stroller at the gate: Especially if you have layovers like we did, this is so helpful. You can push your baby in the stroller and you have some extra help carrying your bags, and it’s free to check it at the gate.
  6. Diapers: We brought a diaper for every hour of travel time, that way it wasn’t an entire case but we also weren’t worried about running out.
  7. Snacks: You’re going to need some, for both of you. We packed some puree packs, puffs, and Nutrigrain bars which was perfect. We were able to give her snacks on the plane that weren’t a huge mess and kept her happy through snack times and extra rough travel hours.
  8. Don’t Stress: I know it’s hard, but they do pick up on our stress. They way we try to do things around here is “okay, this is what we’re doing now so let’s just get it done” and that seems to help eliminate a lot of stress, especially in tense situations.
  9. Comfort things: Bring the things you know comfort them. We brought one of her little cuddle blankets and a stuffed animal that she likes to play with, but if your baby has something they just adore and can’t live without, bring it. The more comfortable they are, the more comfortable you’ll be.

Not every flight is going to be perfect, but the more prepared you are the better! Don’t worry about the stuff you can’t control, instead just enjoy your trip with your baby. Take pictures, be in the moment, let go of the hiccups and the mishaps. You will never experience this trip again, so take it all in. Goodluck, mama (or daddy), you’ve got this.
Xox,
Jess

SIMPLE Newborn Night Routine

   Our daughter’s nighttime routine starts when we get home at 5:40. She and her daddy (my fiance) hang out for a little while if he is home (he does mobile mechanic work, so some nights he works later than I do). She likes to hang out in her bouncer and on our bed while we play with her. We try to tire her out for bedtime so we like to do lots of stimulation over the next hour. Sometimes this is taking her on a walk or hanging out in the front yard while daddy does work on the yard or truck. She loves watching her daddy do work. At about 7:00, we try to have her inside and start winding down. We usually put a show on and have her in the bouncer, swing or kick-gym (although some nights, her daddy and I will just hold and cuddle her). She loves laying in bed with us while we watch TV, so sometimes we let her do this (we are strictly and adamantly against co-sleeping, so this never happens after bedtime or while either of us are sleeping).

    We bathe her every other night, and bathtime starts at 7:30ish. That being said, we aren’t crazy about things happening right on time. If it turns out that we can’t bathe her until 8 or 8:15, then that’s okay – we even skip it sometimes. It’s more about the pattern itself than it is the times. The rest of her routine is the same with or without a bath.

    Next it’s time to get her into a new diaper.

    Every night, we do a little baby lotion massage. Some nights she likes this more than others, but I have noticed a significant difference in how quickly she is able to fall asleep when we do the massage. I use the Johnson and Johnson nighttime body lotion mixed with the Aveeno Baby Eczema lotion. If she has any intense dry patches, I use the Aveeno Baby Eczema Nighttime Baby Balm. I massage her for about five minutes and then get her into her PJ’s.

    Once she is dressed and in her sleepsack, her daddy and I read her a book before feeding her for the last time before bed. A few days a week I will nurse her, but typically her dad will give her a bottle of breastmilk. We do this in our bedroom since she is still sleeping in a bassinet next to our bed. While she eats, we turn almost all the lights off (we leave either the TV screen on or our rope lights), and we play a lullaby. She doesn’t fall asleep while eating, but doing this sets the tone and lets her know that it is time to go to sleep once she is done eating.

    Once she is full, burped, and clearly sleepy, we lay her down in her bassinet. We make sure that she is not totally asleep when we lay her down, which helps her learn to soothe herself to sleep. She is typically asleep within five minutes. If she cries for more than 5 minutes, one of us will put her pacifier back in her mouth.

    She will sleep until between midnight and 3am, at which point she wakes up to eat for about 20 minutes. It is important to note that we do not wake her, we let her wake herself. At her age, it is safe for her to go 6 – 8 hours without eating.

    Our routine is what works for us. Everyone’s night looks a little bit different, and it definitely did not start out going this smoothly. It took us weeks to get her routine fully established, but I am so thankful that we did. It allows her to soothe herself better, it keeps her from being too fussy, and it allows my fiance and I to have some time to ourselves at night.

         Also bare in mind this is the ideal. At 6 weeks we started dealing with some colic which made things more difficult, and some nights we just have too much going on. We aren’t insanely strict on sticking to the routine every single night, but it does significantly help the quality of our little one’s sleep and helped her be able to sleep 5 or more hours at a time.

    If you have any tips or products you use during your baby (or toddlers’!) bedtime routine, leave it in a comment below! If you have any questions or comments on this post, be sure to let me know!

I post every Monday – Wednesday – Saturday, so stay tuned for more! Thanks for reading!

Xox,

Jess

Sleep Training

Sleep training is one of those things that will never not be debated. Co-sleeping, not co-sleeping, cry it out, not crying it out, swaddle or no swaddle, blanket or no blanket, rocking to sleep or not rocking to sleep… Sound familiar?

Yeah.

Sleep is weird. It’s hard. Sometime, it seems impossible, especially when you have a baby with colic, reflux, or allergies. Sleep sucks.

But it doesn’t have to.

We struggled a lot with sleep the first couple of weeks. Actually, the first 6 weeks were great. And then the colic started, and the milk protein allergy got bad and the baby that once slept great on her back had to be inclined to get any relief. We went through an embarrassing amount of gas drops and even more gripe water (Wellements, best brand, highly recommend). Once we finally thought things were going to be smooth sailing, she got influenza and then her stomach got even worse. So yeah, sleep sucked. But I kept consistent on a few things throughout all of the chaos that I am still positive have helped in the long run:

Routine! We have had a bedtime routine in place since she was a week old, and we do the same variation of things every single night: diaper, lotion, jammies, book, bottle/nursing, bed. While of course we have added a few things in here and there, like dinner for example, we remain consistent on the things we do before bed and I am positive that it has helped monumentally.
Lullabies: Even on nights she didn’t go to sleep until 1am, we always turned a lullaby on as we laid her down.
Timing: She has gone to bed around the same time since she was born. We’ve pushed it back about an hour, so instead of 6pm she now goes to sleep at around 7pm, but we make sure to keep it around the time time every single night. This way, her body expects what time it’s going to have sleep and acclimates to it. It helps so much in getting her to bed even on hard days.

With all the tummy problems and sickness, we still had our daughter sleep trained, in her own bed, sleeping through the night by 6 months old, and while this absolutely is not the case for everyone, here are the things that we did to get to this point:

1-3 Months:
Bassinet/rock and play to establish habit and timing: She slept in a bassinet until her stomach got bad, and then we moved her over to a rock and play. This way she was still getting sleep at the times she needed to, but it wasn’t a fight for her to be comfortable. She was right next to our bed the entire time.
Establishing a routine based on baby’s needs: I waited a few weeks before really setting a schedule, but then once I realized what times she was hungry and what times she just wanted some comfort I was able to establish specific times to feed her throughout the night. She went to bed around 6 the first couple months, which meant even if she woke up I wouldn’t feed her until at least 9. I would give her the binki, but I wouldn’t nurse. I wanted her to be comfortable not being 100% full. That awkward time between being hungry and being full is where a lot of baby’s and mamas get into the never ending cycle of comfort feeding and nursing every hour, and I really wanted to avoid that. This helped make sure she was eating a good amount when she did get to nurse which helped not only her schedule, but also my milk production.
Setting the mood: At bedtime, we turned the lights off, turned the TV down, and played lullabies until she was asleep. Once she was out, we would speak at normal voices and play the TV in the background so that she was used to noise, but we made sure to set the tone while she was falling asleep.
Crying in moderation: I don’t jump every time she makes a sound, I never have. Babies cry, they fuss, they make noise – a lot of it. Not every cry is a bad one. When she was about a month old I started letting her fuss for a few minutes before I intervened by giving her the binki back. Sometimes she would fall right back asleep and sometimes I did need to jump in, but this was the start of our moderated crying method that we used later on in sleep training.

3-5 months:
I moved her to a pack n’ play right next to our bed at 3 ½ months. I started off swaddling her but after about a week she was over that so I just put her in a Halo Sleep Sack. Some nights were harder than others and the first couple weeks she needed gas drops throughout the night, but eventually she got comfortable and started rolling onto her stomach which helped a ton.
Sticking to routine: Babies minds are developing so much at this stage, so sticking to our nightly routine was huge in keeping her comfortable and keeping her on schedule. We started pushing for 2 feedings at night (midnight at 3am).
Preparing: 5 months was the final stage of having her sleep in our room, so we really started trying to prepare her for her own room. I started laying her down with extra binkis so if she lost one she could grab another. I’d play her lullaby the same as always but I stopped intervening as much if she fussed or woke up throughout the night. I never let her cry more than 5 or 10 minutes without giving her the binki back, but at the end of the 5 months we were onto 10 minutes and she was soothing herself back to sleep well over half the times she woke up when it wasn’t around feeding time.

6 months:
The big move: We set up the pack n’ play in her room at 6 months. We got her a projecting lullaby mobile (link here) that had a cry sensor, so any time she fussed the music would automatically turn back on. We set her up in the pack n’ play exactly the way we did when she was in our room, we did the same routine, laid her down at the same time, and it went great.
Just do it. That is my biggest piece of advice. You’re never going to feel ready (or maybe you do, which is awesome) so instead of stressing about it, just do it. Go with it. Tell yourself this is what we’re doing now and go for it. The more stress that we, as parents, place on the situation, the harder it’s going to be for everyone!
Moderated cry it out: Some nights were really difficult. At first, I ran in when she started crying but then she started learning that I was going to do that, so I had to stop. She cried a lot around that time. I set timers on my phone to go in at 10 minutes of crying, then 15 minutes, then 20 minutes – some nights we made it to 20 minutes, most nights we didn’t.
Hard nights: One night, she cried for an hour and a half. This was the last night that happened though. It was in the first few weeks of her being in her own room. I had the monitor in the room with me and she just wouldn’t stop. I’d gone in like always, given her the binki’s back, changed her diaper, gave her gas drops, I tried everything but she was just pissed off. So I took a shower. I brought the monitor with me and left it on quiet so I could see the noise but I couldn’t hear it, and I showered. I shaved. I exfoliated. I washed my face and my hair, I brushed my teeth. And by the time I was out, she had stopped and fallen asleep. That was the last night she really put up a fight about bedtime.

I know it sucks and it’s hard, but sometimes just letting them fuss and really learn how to soothe themselves is the best way to finalize sleep training. Now when she wakes up crying or really, really fussy I know that something is usually wrong because we are out of the habit of it. At 8 months old, she sleeps 11-12 hours a night, straight through, and man I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Goodluck mamas, I promise you’ll sleep again soon.

Xox,
Jess

Quality Time With Your Kids When You Work Too Much


I work. A lot. I have a fulltime job and I also work part-time at a makeup store and I also babysit. Typically, my week consists of 65 hours or more at work – and it sucks. I feel like I’m completely failing at being there for my daughter, and I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. So when we do get time together, I try to make the absolute most of it.
Mornings are huge for us. Because my work day starts at 10am on most days, breakfast is usually the only meal I can really be present for. I always have her with me when I make her breakfast, we have some music on and I try to make it fun! She’s only 8 months old but we still have dance parties every morning. I always sit with her while she eats, typically doing my makeup at the dining room table while she eats in her highchair. I talk to her the entire time and really try to just be there with her without worrying about the 9 million other things I need to be doing.
We read books all the time! I love having cardboard books out for her to play with, and when she grabs one I always try to sit down and read it with her. It’s a really good way to have some bonding time while she’s playing, and it’s good for so many parts of development. I try to read bigger books with her as well, but some days there just isn’t time. I know her dad and grandparents read with her when I’m not there, but it’s nice to be the one doing it sometimes.
Ever since I’ve started putting my phone down more when I’m with my daughter, I have noticed such a big difference in how much time I feel like I have with her. The first couple months I was hooked to my phone and I feel like I missed so much! I will put on some music or an audiobook in the background, or sometimes nothing at all, and I won’t touch it for an hour or two which is so nice. Not worrying about texting someone back or scrolling through Instagram has helped me feel so much closer to my little one. I’ll pick my phone up for pictures, but that’s it. If it’s an especially stressful day, I’ll even put it into airplane mode so that I can’t get any notifications at all.
Bath time is a huge bonding time for us right now. I am only home a few nights a week, so that’s when bathtime is! I love playing with her in the bath and it’s such a good way to be productive but still have some fun bonding time together.
Walk! I am lucky enough to work in childcare just a few minutes away from my work, so we walk there every morning and walk home every afternoon, and we absolutely love it. It’s so nice to get outside together every day even just for a few minutes. On days we don’t work, or when I was on maternity leave, we would just walk around the block every day (no longer than a 5 minute walk) and I still just loved the time with her. No walk is too short, so even if you don’t have a ton of time, you can usually still squeeze one in.
Needing some time to yourself? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. I feel like sometimes I never get to just be alone. It’s either work or baby or spouse, it’s always something. Showers are a great way to unwind, but that’s such a typical answer isn’t it?
One way I make sure I get some alone time every week, and believe me this does not always happen, is I get up early just once a week and I do whatever the hell I want to do. Sometimes I work out, sometimes I watch TV, sometimes I take a shower or a bath, self-tan, lay on the floor, go back to sleep on the couch, make myself a nice breakfast…Whatever it is, I make it something I couldn’t just do on a normal day when I’m surrounded by other people. I make the most of my hour and by the time it’s over I typically feel pretty refreshed.
If you’re a working mama like myself and you feel like you just never have enough time with your kiddos, believe me you’re not alone and you’re doing a fantastic job. You’re working your butt off to support your family and that is so admirable. Keep doing you and keep pushing for a better life for you and your family. You’ve got this, just take it one day at a time.
Xox,
Jess

All Natural Carpet Cleaner

I love the smell of a clean house, but I hate the idea of using so many chemicals around my family. Over the past few years I have tested, tried, and been disappointed by a number of home-made cleaning products. It has taken me a while to figure out which products and recipes really work. This carpet cleaner has been tried and proven and is perfect whether you’re looking for a fresh scent when you vacuum or if you need a deep carpet shampoo.

Below, I will give you my personal recipe using a DoTerra oil, as well as some alternatives! Enjoy!

My Favorite Ingredients:

1 c. baking soda

2 – 3 drops DoTerra Purify Cleansing Blend essential oil

 

Alternative #1:

1 c. baking soda

3 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop lavender

 

Alternative #2:

1 c. baking soda

2 drops citronella oil

1 drop tea tree oil

1 drop lemon oil

 

Alternative #3:

1 c. baking soda

1 drop lemon oil

1 drop tea tree oil

1 drop lavender (or eucalyptus)

 

If you are vacuuming, sprinkle any one of these carpet cleaners before the vacuum. If you are using this as a carpet shampoo, sprinkle it on the carpet heavily and then vacuum. Add it in place of the carpet soap in your carpet cleaner in the same quantity you would soap.

This is the recipe I use all around my house and in my daughter’s nursery. It’s chemical free, which I love, and keeps the house smelling fresh and clean. I hope you try it and like it as much as I do!

Thanks for reading!

Xox,
Jess

Taking it all in.

Today’s post is riddled with no sleep and a lack of coffee and a slight feeling of failure.

Some days we feel like we are failing at everything. Some days, nothing we do feels good enough.

I’ve been having those days a lot lately. I can’t get the grade I want on a test, I can’t seem to stick to my diet, I can’t calm my daughter down – it feels like every day is something new.

Those are the days it is most important to just appreciate the world. Find something beautiful in every day. Challenge yourself to take a picture of or write down something you appreciate every single day for 21 days – that’s all it takes to make a habit.

Tonight, I’m laying on the floor of my daughter’s room after trying to sooth what I can only conclude is colic after nearly 14 hours of nearly non-stop crying. I have felt like a failure all day, but here we are healthy and alive and fed and with a roof over our heads.

I guess what I’m trying to say is we all have our days, and we gotta be there for each other, but most importantly we have to be there for ourselves.

Goodluck, keep your head up. Find something beautiful in a dark place today. I promise you can do it.

Xox,

Jess

Newborn Morning Routine

My daughter is just over a month old. She still wakes up once throughout the night to eat, once between midnight and 3am, before getting up around 6 or 7am.

At 8:00 if she hasn’t woken up by herself, I wake her to eat (she rarely sleeps this long). I nurse her before anything, which usually takes about 20-25 minutes.

Once she is done eating, it’s time to change her diaper and get her ready for the day. Once she is dressed, I will have her next to me either on the floor with her binki or in her kick-gym. I try to play music, sing to her, and give her something to play with or chew on until her morning nap.

If she hasn’t fallen asleep with me or on her playmat, then by 9:10 I will move her to her bouncer or portable bassinet for her morning nap, which lasts between 50 minutes to 2 hours. While I do have to move her to her car seat on weekdays, she usually doesn’t wake up until after we get to work. She usually sleeps until about 10:30, and eats again at 11:00. She’s pretty awake after that until her next nap between 12:45 and 1:00.

I keep her morning routine simple but structured, that way her body knows what to expect and when. It keeps her less fussy and I have found that if she knows what to expect, she is able to self-soothe much better.

Goodluck!

Xox,
Jess

$3 AMAZON MAKEUP BRUSH REVIEW

I recently placed a $3.69 order on Amazon for 20 makeup brushes. The brushes are from Cinidy and I had very low expectations when they arrived. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

According to the description, the brushes are made from synthetic fibers, despite the title of the product claiming they are wool. In the past I have bought plenty of brushes that say this but turn out being made from some sort of horrible material that scratches my face and leaves me broken out. When these brushes arrived, I expected the same thing. They are soft and the bristles seem decent. I have been using them non-stop for the past week and have had nothing but a good experience. No bristles fall off easily, the color payoff is great, and they hold a decent amount of product without constant fallout.

The entire order cost me less than $4. The brushes I ordered are called “Cinidy 20 pcs Makeup Brush Set tools – makeup toiletry Kit Wool Makeup Brush Set (Coffee).” Long name, I know. And usually, when I see products with labels like that, I tend to make assumptions about the quality of the product.

Some of the brushes are funny shapes and aren’t really applicable for most makeup, but the quantity of brush for the low price makes these few odd ones excusable.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I would buy these brushes over MAC or Sigma, but I will say if you are looking for a cheap brush set that will do its job and definitely give you its money worth, I would highly recommend this set. Like I said, it was $3.69. Even if you only end up liking a few of the brushes in the kit, you are still getting a pretty good deal.

I look forward to making future Cinidy purchases as I was thoroughly impressed with this one.

Thanks for reading!

Xox,
Jess