Toss or Trash: October 2012

There is not much in the way of makeup for October’s Toss or Trash post. I focused quite a bit on burning Bath and Body Works candles. I knew I would be purchasing upcoming Holiday ones…

I loved all of these. And, would, or have, purchased them again.

More Bath and Body Works. I see a theme…

The lotions are minis from last year’s Halloween. And the Spice air freshener, I have no clue how long I have had that one. Those things last forever! I like the Wicked Spice Pumpkin lotion. The other two, I’m neither here nor there with them. And the Spice, is very nice.

The Matrix ‘Silk Wonder’ sampler was OK. It does the job. However, I like my Macadamia Natural Oil better. (I do have a post coming up, very soon, on my beloved Macadamia Oil. I swear!) I got the Sally Hansen’s Foot Scrub from a CVS clearance. I did like it. However, I was a bit trepidatious using an oil on my feet while in the shower. I think I’ll stick more with a conventional scrubs for my feet. As I have stated in previous Toss or Trash posts, I’m very fickle about deodorant brands. This Dove product smells very clean. This was a dual pack so I’m on the second one now.  If I find a great sale price on Dove again, I’ll get it.

I saw Oil-licious in a magazine. It was just one of those gut feelings that I knew I’d like it. And it isn’t very expensive at around $6. This does exactly what it says. Well, it doesn’t tame the wispies I get at my temples, but I love how this makes my locks shine. I’m already on my second can.

This is all I have for makeup this time. The top is a mascara from Jerome Alexander. It was part of a kit I purchased way too long ago. I didn’t keep using the mascara so it dried up. I don’t even remember if I liked it or not.

The mark product is one that creates highlights on the face. The little brush paints on a sheen wherever you want. I did like it and used it all up. When I found this, there was only one application left. I used it primarily on my brow bone too. I would recommend it save for the thin consistency of the product.

I am looking for my holy grail eye shadow primer. Unfortunately, Jesse’s Girl isn’t it. It didn’t seem to last past leaving the house. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Last is Dante brush cleaner. I got this at Cosmoprof this year. I received this to do a review on. I did that here. However, several months later, I found that my makeup brushes were not getting very clean. The powder wasn’t coming off the brushes when I used the product. I experimented with using less, using more, wiping the brush off on something different than my normal micro-fiber towel. Nothing seemed to remove all the makeup. I went back to my ol’ Brush Off brush cleaner. I tested the Brush Off on a couple of my brushes before I used them again. And, there still was some makeup powder left on it that Dante didn’t get off. This happened with several other brushes before I just gathered them all up and gave them all a good shampooing. I am changing my mind regarding recommending Dante. It seems like over time it coated my brushes rather than clean them.

Any of these items familiar to you?

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Dante’s Makeup Brush Cleanser

While I got to meet and talk with many vendors at the Cosmoprof NA 2012 I went to in Las Vegas, there are a couple of vendors that stick out from the rest and leave a good impression on how their business and products are.

One such vendor was Dante Disposable Products. I met with Linda Skene who is Sales/Project Manager/Problem Solver. Yep, says so right on her business card. I don’t know a lot about makeup brush cleaners but I came away from my meeting with Linda with a whole new mindset and understanding. Linda educated me; she didn’t sell me. She knew her product was good, its history and popularity among the cosmetic counters speak volumes.

This is Dante’s ‘Makeup Brush Cleanser’…

I like the byline this company has: ‘A premium product developed by cosmetologists for cosmetologist with the consumer in mind.’  Linda told me that it is the Dante Cleanser that is used behind the makeup counters of Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, etc. She said that they have been using Dante for years and there is a very good reason too; it protects the clients and the brushes as well.

Not to get all gross and buggy on you but your makeup brushes can get icky stuff on them. A strain of staph infection can cause acne and worse. Because brushes can get wet from water and liquid products, mold and mildew can take up residence. And if you, by chance, use your brushes when you have the flu or a cold, (you are staying home and makeup-free when you’re sick, right???) you can give those germs right back to yourself.

Unlike tossing your toothbrush when you are sick and starting with a fresh one, makeup brushes are not that cheap. They are an investment. And not only is keeping them clean for health reasons important, you want to take care of them so they last too.

Dante’s Makeup Brush Cleanser works on 4 different levels: it is a cleanser, first and foremost. It sanitizes, disinfects and prevents bacteria and viruses from settling in. The second level is that it is clear. The product is colorless, odorless and won’t interfere with the smell or color of the beauty products you use your brush for. Thirdly, this cleanser conditions your brushes. In a gentle, yet very effective manner, this cleanser is keeping your natural and synthetic brushes in prime condition. And lastly, it is convenient. When you are finished with your makeup brush, spray it, wipe of off and you are ready to go. Simple!

As I posted here, I bought some very nice Sephora makeup brushes. They are an investment. I want to take good care of them, as much as I do with my not-so-expensive brushes. Dante’s Makeup Brush Cleanser is a product that helps me take care of my investments. And, I don’t have to be as concerned about my health, my eyes’ health and any of those icky viruses and germs that could end up on my adorable brushes. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ve used a brush. And so, I’ve used a brush cleanser. That would be Dante’s.

If you happen to be going to the Orlando Makeup Show in November, Dante Disposable Products will be there. You can also check out their website on how to order.

Do you use a brush cleanser?


This product was provided for me for my review. This is my honest and own opinion.